Tuesday morning we took Abby to see an allergist. After her episode at school last week we wanted to make sure she wasn't allergic to anything else. We also wanted some guidance on how to manage her interactions involving food when we are not around, i.e. school.
We were so nervous it would take hours and entertaining and containing her would be difficult. But, her doctor was on time and very quick. Abby was also enamored with her new iPad game we had downloaded the night before, so everything went smoothly. She enjoyed the bean bag chairs in the lobby and sat well on the exam table eating a snack and playing her game.
The nurses loved her jeggings :)
This is her back- the writing tickled and although the first little prick of the test bugged her, the rest went by quick and easy.
They tested for the major outdoor allergens, our cat, all tree nuts, and the pretzels she had eaten when the attack happened. She only reacted to #11, which was the control. It verified the test liquid worked and that Abby had no other allergies. We did not test for ants, bees, etc. because if she had been stung it had happened hours before the attack (she was outside that morning but not afternoon) and those react quickly. It didn't make sense in the equation.
We are happy to know that a new allergen isn't present. We are not happy that she got into a peanut of some sort at her nut-free school. We are working through this- it will likely be with her for life. Unfortunately, reactions often get worst with each episode, so we have to be ready. Hers took 10 minutes to become life threatening.
Right now, we are working on:
training her school and grandparents on our medical action plan
when to give an EpiPen and call 911
trying to educate the parents in her class about kids sneaking candy into class
reviewing the school's legal documents since she is an extreme allergy child
stocking up on EpiPens
making out directions to the hospital from our house in case of an emergency
making stickers for Abby to wear on her back at parties and social/food functions
reading up and learning more
It'll only take a couple of years where we have to work so hard to control her environment. She will be her own advocate in just a few years. She can tell you, "no nuts for Abby. Nuts make Abby sick"; however, candy is a whole different story!