I took E to the allergist yesterday. Yesterday morning I had a funny feeling that something was wrong with our appointment and so I called the office to confirm the time. But I was on hold for so long that I gave up and just took E to the office at our scheduled time. Well, my intuiton was right. It turns our that one of the secretaries had cancelled our appointment! I have no idea why and apparently neither did she. But she talked to the doctor and they squeezed us in; we did have to wait for an hour though. It was a good thing I didn't talk to the office before we got there. If we had they would have made us reschedule for who knows how many months later.
So the allergist confirmed that E is "genetically a very allergic little guy." The blood test he had done showed high levels of allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts and nuts. (His cashew level was at 100!) The nut-thing came as a little bit of a surprise to me since at his last appointment we only knew that he was allergic to milk. They just wanted me to avoid eggs and nuts with him as a precaution. But now that he has confirmed allergies to eggs AND peanuts AND tree nuts AND milk...well, it's kind of daunting. I felt like crying when the doctor told me. The doctor said that it would be dangerous for E if someone who had been eating nuts kissed him on the face or changed his diaper without washing their hands (!) Also, he's almost definitely going to have hay fever and there's at least a 50% chance that he'll have asthma. It's a good thing that N and I are nerds because it doesn't look like E is going to be the brawny captain of the football team. (Or is it because N and I are nerds that E won the genetic lottery that he did...discuss!)
But the good news is that E isn't allergic to soy. (Yay!) Now he is free to enjoy the wondrous world of soy-based products. I'm actually quite excited. They now make soy-based cheese and yogurt and things; it will be nice to have some more options to give him. And if you haven't tasted real cheese, then you wouldn't know how lame soy cheese is, right? The allergist gave the okay to start him on soy formula which will maybe help him put on some weight and which hopefully he'll like better than the Nutramigen formula. I'm still breastfeeding him but my supply is dwindling and E isn't that interested in it any more and so once he's established on the soy formula I'm going to wean him.
And then I'm going to enjoy me some dairy goodness.
Labels: doctor, food allergies