Saturday, February 28, 2015

Allergy Update - February 2015...

After Georgia's most recent round of blood work in January, our allergist recommended a heated egg challenge after G's egg numbers continued to drop.  Over the past few years, her egg numbers have continued to go down:

    • 2015 - 1.35
    • 2014 - 1.48
    • 2013 - 5.34
    • 2012 - 16.7

At both her 2014 appointment and her recent 2015 meeting, Georgia tested positive to egg on skin pricks, but the allergist still wanted to proceed with the test since Georgia had already passed a baked egg challenge almost 2 years ago.

So, Nick whipped up some yummy french toast and off we went to the newest adventure at the allergist's office!

Ready to go!

I'm always grateful for the iPad during these challenges since we end up spending a good portion of the morning at the allergist's office.  Georgia did amazing and eagerly scooped up the french toast.  After each bite, the timer got set for 10 minutes before the next bite was brought in.  Before we knew it, she had inhaled an entire slice!

Since she did great with the 1st slice, they decided to just go right ahead and give her the 2nd slice... all of it.  Georgia did her diligence and ate it all right up.  

And then we waited.  She may have gotten a tad annoyed with me as I kept getting in her face to see what was going on.  Unfortunately, Georgia also woke up with a slight cold so it was difficult to ascertain whether she was rubbing her nose because of that or whether she got sniffly after eating the 2nd piece.  

After about 15 minutes, I noticed that she was rubbing her right eye... a lot.  Between that and the sniffles, I was certain that she was having some sort of a reaction.  The nurse came in, took a look and without me saying anything, also noticed a bit of swelling with her right eye and sniffles.  The doctor came in and agreed with everyone that something was happening.  So, we all decided to give it some more time.  She kept telling us that she felt fine and she didn't have any hives and her voice was completely normal.  She wasn't coughing or wheezing.  The doctor took a look in her nose and noticed some swelling in her nasal passages that wasn't there before the challenge began.  So, we waited some more.  

After another 10-15 minutes, everything seemed to settle down and most of the swelling seemed to diminish (we think, since it was so subtle to begin with!).  I was texting with Nick the entire time and he asked to send a picture of the swelling, but it was too subtle to even notice in a picture.  Georgia confirmed to us that her eye was not itchy anymore.  In fact, Georgia was just bored with all of us asking her questions.

All in all, the doctor considered it a pretty successful challenge and encouraged us to continue to expose Georgia to heated egg.  We follow-up again in a month and we'll report in as to how the egg is going.  

Overall, this challenge was a tad more stressful than past challenges just because I definitely noticed some changes after she ate both slices of the french toast.  BUT... if the worst case scenario is just an itchy nose and a little bit of puffiness in her eyes, we'll take it!  

Next month... almond challenge.  I can already feel my blood pressure increasing.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

SNOW DAY 2015!!

It finally happened... a real snow day here in Maryland this winter!  We've had a serious case of jealousy going on with all the New England snow that just keeps missing us in the mid-Atlantic region.  Of course, we didn't get anywhere close to what they've been getting up north, but it doesn't take much to shut us down in this part of the country.  Georgia and I got the day off from school and Nick worked from home, so we actually got to enjoy a few inches of the white stuff...

**Disclaimer - YES, I know you can still see the grass.  We still consider this a real snow day in Maryland!**

Heading up the hill in the backyard

That might be the final picture of our beloved inner tube.  At the end of this run, the tube was completely deflated and had a large hole in it.  Ooops!  Thankfully, I remembered that we still had a smaller infant/toddler tube in the basement.  So, no more tubing for Nick, but Georgia could still fly down the hill.

At this point, I was enjoying the sledding show from the warmth of the house.  I lost track of Nick and Georgia for a minute until I zoomed in and spotted them making snow angels together on the side of the patio...

I decided to be "that mom" and join the family out back.  I may have just thrown on my ski parka over my fuzzy pink robe.  In case any of the neighbors spotted me, I did put on my incognito hat/hood/sunglasses.  Fairly certain they still knew it was me.

My little angel!

Nick decided to strap our Go Pro to Georgia for a few runs (unfortunately, I may need to hire a new video editor because "someone" is a slow poke with uploading his videos!)...

Overall, Georgia had a blast just playing in the snow and enjoying a few hours outside (which have been rare these days with the negative wind chills!).

Reverse snow angel?????

And it's snowing again today.  WOO-HOO!