The allergy testing for Ada yesterday afternoon wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
When Rosie had it done at age four she cried and sobbed through the pricks.
Ada on the other hand…laughed. Why am I not surprised? Typical Ada. (Ada also loves the finger prick for iron testing because she gets to see her “real blood!” and she gets a bandaid.)
We also go to weigh and measure her, which hasn’t been done in awhile. She was 31 pounds and 38 inches tall. She’s wearing 4t clothes. By the end of summer I’m sure she’ll be in 5t. She’s thinned out a lot recently, but she feels like her bones are filled with cement when you pick her up. Rosie felt so delicate in comparison!
The allergy tests wouldn’t all fit on Ada’s back, so we have to go back in a month to test the rest of the things.
That one you see on the bottom left that looks really itchy is the histamine. It’s the control that’s supposed to swell up for the maximum reaction. This picture was taken right after we started the testing. You have to wait 15 minutes to see what swells up.
I wasn’t surprised to find out Ada is allergic to milk protein. That’s been the cause of her red rash and random projectile vomiting, and likely the cause of her constant belly aches. We’ve been eating mostly dairy free for awhile except for occasional chocolate and candy, and milk used in baking. It’s not going to be that much of a leap to move to fully dairy free. I also have to eat dairy free because allergens go through breastmilk and she’s still nursing, though I’m only making a few drops of milk at this point in pregnancy. Since I’m lactose intolerant it’s not that heartbreaking to say goodbye to dairy, though I will miss Reece’s desperately.
Unfortunately Ada also reacted mildly to oats, strawberries, bananas, and pork. Those are all her favorite foods! Go figure.
The doctor said to eliminate all of those things for one month, then at our next appointment in March we can discuss adding them back in one by one to see if there is a reaction. It’s not that hard to avoid oats, bananas, or strawberries. Pork is the hardest because of gelatin. Marshmallows, for example, contain gelatin derived from pork. It’s hidden everywhere! We accidentally ate marshmallows this morning before it occurred to me. We were going to make rice crispy treats. Dang it! They sell pork-free marshmallows at the Arabic store nearby, it’s just a matter of going there and buying them. I guess having a big Arabic community here pays off in this case. I can shop at the Arabic grocery and know nothing there will have any hidden pork. (Also, Arabic food is freaking delicious…)
I’m hoping we’ll be able to add back in some if not all of the mild allergens. The reaction for those was only +1. Milk products (including goat’s milk) we have to avoid for a year before retesting.
I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to add back in bananas, unfortunately. Ada is allergic to latex, which has food cross allergens and bananas are one of those foods. We have to test her for the other foods related to latex next time. (The foods break down in the body and mimic the same protein in latex that causes the allergic reaction in people.)
I really just want her body to stop hurting all the time! After avoiding most dairy for awhile, eating gluten free in the past, and strictly avoiding rye and pistachio contamination for my own allergies it’s not that scary to eliminate foods from our diet now. When I first started eating gluten free it was extremely overwhelming. I’m like an ingredient list master at this point! It’s almost like a fun challenge.
The hardest part is eating out because you don’t always get a clear answer about what’s in your food. At least food allergies are more popular now, or that’s to say people are more aware of them these days. Oats, bananas, and stawberries aren’t easily hidden or cross contaminated like rye or pistachio. I can eat rye at Panera and not know it because they sliced my bagel in the same slicer they used for the rye bread. I hate that! I have to avoid all restaurants that serve rye for the most part, including places like Cracker Barrel because they put rye in their pancakes and it’s all cross contaminated with rye flour floating in the air and on gloves. I’ve tried eating there three times and got sick each time despite not having rye in the ingredients of my food. Not worth it!
Ada is lucky none of her allergens are that sneaky! I hope nothing else turns up on the remaining test items next month.
She is also mildly allergic to cats, it was a +1 on the scale of reaction also. She takes Zyrtec, and that seems to alleviate the allergy symptoms from cats, so it’s not too big of a deal. She loves our kitties!
I’m happy she wasn’t allergic to any trees, grasses, or molds. The only outdoor allergy she had was cocklebur/mugwort. I suspect there is probably something else seasonal she is allergic to because she’s had bad allergy symptoms after playing outside in the spring and fall more than once, including sinus headaches behind her eyes. The Zyrtec helps all of that except the sinus headaches. Then I just give her ibuprofen. Poor baby inherited all these things from me. So sad! (We took her to the eye doctor incase the pain behind her eyes was something else, but she thought it was just sinus pain.)
Mainly I’m THRILLED she isn’t allergic to wheat, corn, or soy. Those are impossible to eliminate, especially wheat, without throwing away everything in the cabinets and scrubbing down the whole kitchen. My pregnant self is just not up for a change that big right now!
She’s still complaining a little about her belly hurting today, but apparently it can take 2-4 weeks for all the allergens to totally leave your system. Can’t wait for a belly ache free Ada!
I hope Baby Boy is lucky like Rosie and has absolutely no food allergies or intolerances.
Here are pictures from recently! These are mainly of Ada because Rosie is always in her room playing, reading, or not interested inhaving her picture taken. Ada is happy to pose and act silly as soon as she sees the camera. I’m taking advantage of it while it lasts!
She was eating a powdered donut last week. (Which has milk in it…sad times.)
This one is out of focus, but I saved it anyway…had to.
Rosie, doing a goofy half grin.
Her two front teeth were coming in really crooked, but now that they’re pushing the neighboring baby teeth loose the front adult teeth are straightening out.
I was getting a little worried! I hope they continue to straighten out!
Reality in my house…while mama sits on the couch and grows a baby…who is sucking out every ounce of life force from my body.
These are from last night–making bread dough.
Rosie wasn’t interested in helping, she was busy drawing and writing a story in a notebook as usual!