Oh, Allergies!

Oh hey there! I’m still here 🙂 It’s just been a busy past month as our summer vacation got off to a fun and busy start. I’m going to try to catch you up over the next few days on all of the excitement happening in our lives the last several weeks!

Before school let out, I decided to visit an allergist at the suggestion of my Gastro and the Anesthesiologist when I went to get my endoscopy and colonoscopy done. I did a food test where they tested like 60 types of foods all along my arms, it was an itching good time!

I was a little bored waiting to see the doctor, his office was packed. I read everything on the walls!

Finally, the doctor came in, we discussed my issues and the recommendations and decided to do a test. His nurse pricked my skin with a zillion little needles as they then had me rest my arms without moving for 15 minutes. It seemed like a looooong time once my arms start to itch, because I couldn’t scratch them!

It’s hard to tell in the photo above, but there were red bumps all along both of my arms and a few spots where allergies crept up. Luckily, some of the allergies were in the control section, wahoo! Though he did find two food allergies to steer clear of. Luckily, I usually can avoid them and knew one of the issues from my elimination diet. The other was a slight surprise, but he was happy to hear I carried an Epi-Pen with me now and Benedryl and said… watch out when if you eat that one!

Lastly, my Gastro suggested this book to read about Celiac Disease. Celiac is NOT an allergy, but most people call it a gluten allergy anyway. It’s an autoimmune disease which can affect a LOT of processes in the body if not treated. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. End of my educational rant 😀

Most of the information was already known to me, having been on this journey for over two years now, but there was a bunch of things I need to keep aware of going forward as I age and if I continue to accidentally consume gluten. Since reading this book though, I’ve been rather diligent and haven’t gotten sick (that I can remember… oh wait, yeah, there was one week this summer, ugh).

All in all, I’m glad I went to the allergist because I was hit with a surprise food to avoid that I would consume on a very small occasion. It’s not much to cut out, but luckily never caused me an anaphylactic reaction like Penicillin did. He also recommended another medication to avoid if ever in a hospital setting, due to my penicillin allergy.

I don’t love going to the doctors and mostly put it off as much as possible, but now I’ve got to go regularly for colonoscopies and bloodwork to keep an eye on my vitamin levels and thyroid. I’ve already got another appointment coming up in a week to get that all taken care of for the year! Yay!