Ever since Tater was an infant, we have been visiting dermatologists for her eczema. I think we have seen four different dermatologists. Some of the treatments helped, and some didn't help at all. Nothing cured. The rashes always came back, worse than before.
In the last week, Tater went to the doctor four times. The first time was for an allergic reaction which made her eyes swell terribly. Two of the visits were follow-up to the first visit. Yesterday we went to the allergist for testing.
The allergy test wasn't too bad. She said it hurt, but she didn't cry. Her pulmonary function test went great. She does not have asthma.
The cat and I are very pleased that Tater isn't allergic to him. He was in danger of losing his home, but is safe now.
She isn't allergic to dust mites or mold. The doctor laughed when he told me not to clean my house. We don't have to remove our nasty carpet, or cover the pillows and mattresses. He said not to change anything in the house. The dust mites are happy. They were in danger of losing their home, just as the cat was.
The tests showed that Tater is severely allergic to grass pollen and moderately allergic to tree pollen along with a few other mild allergies.
We have a very long growing season where we live. There are only about two months a year when the grass and trees don't produce pollen. Maybe we should move to the North Pole. Ummm, maybe not.
The allergist thinks that if we don't treat Tater, she will develop more severe allergies and asthma. If family history serves a a predictor, then he is right. My parents, brother, and I all have histories of allergies and asthma. We have all taken allergy shots.
The treatment plan for Tater is a little overwhelming. Last night I left the pharmacy with oral antihistamine, nasal spray, moderate strength steroid cream, antibiotic cream, and lotion for after baths. I already had Elidel, strong strength steroid ointment, oatmeal bath, soap-free cleanser, hypo-allergenic shampoo, sunscreen for sensitive skin, and another antihistamine.
We begin shots next week. Since I am a nurse, the doctor will allow me to administer them at home. Doing the shots in the office would have cost us a $25 co-pay per visit. Thanks, nursing school.
For the first month, I will have to give Tater one shot a day. Eventually, she will only need one shot a month, but it will take a while to get there. We expect her to need shots for a minimum of five years. Tater is not happy about getting shots!
Tater's allergies and Little Man's IGFD aren't major medical problems. Things could be so much worse. My children are otherwise very healthy. They can be treated and we have good insurance to help pay for treatment. However, I can't help feeling bad for them and guilty that I passed these problems on to them. I can't believe that both of my kids need shots. I wonder what the baby's health will be like.