This week Aaron had his yearly allergy testing. I have learned over time to keep my expectations in check. For years his IgE test numbers climbed higher and higher as his skin testing welts grew bigger and bigger. I remember when he was diagnosed around the time he turned one. The doctors told me he would outgrow his allergies by the time he was three. Well, that was six long years ago so I have become a professional at managing expectations around his allergies. He has a great life and will tell you that he feels he is missing nothing. I love his outlook on life.
This year during the skin testing for his allergens where they placed egg on his arm didn’t swell. The milk spot was considerably smaller than last year. The peanut, beef, and pork were bigger than last year. The IgE blood test confirmed what I saw. Aaron’s milk IgE numbers dropped considerably last year and have stayed the same this year, the fact they did not rise was a positive in my eyes. His peanut IgE numbers went up considerably after dropping last year and his beef and pork IgE numbers are the same as they have been. I hear you all going numb wondering what the hell does this mean? This means Aaron is ready to have another egg challenge.
Today I am going to schedule Aaron for a baked egg challenge. As you all know the egg challenge two years ago failed very quickly and his reaction was very serious. His blood pressure dropped and he vomited quite a bit. The allergist said to me that if he vomited one more time they were going to use the epi pen and take him to trauma, but he came around in the nick of time. This was his reaction after he ingested 1/10th of an egg. I hope this baked egg challenge ends a little less dramatically.
Really if he never eats an egg he will be fine, but knowing a bit of egg won’t try to kill him is huge. Hang on with me as we wait for this appointment!!