Saturday, February 6, 2016

Allergy Update - 2016

It's that time of year again... Georgia's annual blood work update.  A few weeks back, Nick took Georgia to get her blood drawn (it was HIS year since I held her down last year while she screamed bloody murder!).  

We then met with her allergist to review the numbers and to discuss next steps.  This year, everything feels a little more rushed because we have a big deadline coming up.... kindergarten in the fall!  We hope to clear as much off the list as we can before Georgia starts kindergarten in late August.

The awesome news... almost ALL of her numbers went DOWN this year.  Whoop!  Whoop!  The allergist was thrilled.

The Data

Egg White - 0.65

  • 2015 - 1.35
  • 2014 - 1.48
  • 2013 - 5.35
  • 2012 - 16.7
Dairy - 3.26
  • 2015 - 10.2
  • 2014 - 9.0
  • 2013 - 14.4
  • 2012 - 16

Her tree nuts continue to jump all around.  In 2015 (last year), cashew was negative, but this year it jumped up to 0.27.  However, she passed a food challenge to cashew last summer, so she is most likely NOT allergic to it.  In 2015, pistachio was negative, but this year it jumped up to 0.50.  She also passed a food challenge to pistachio last year.  In 2015, her almond number was 0.64.  This year it dropped to 0.53.  She drinks almond milk every single morning, so we aren't worried about that one at all.  Pecan and walnut continued to be negative this year and last year.

Her peanut numbers continue to be off the charts.  Overall, the number came down a tad, but it is still in the scary range.  

Peanut - 89.0

  • 2015 - 100+
  • 2014 - 30.0
  • 2013 - 38.4
  • 2012 - 12.6
They repeated the peanut component test this year and although her numbers went down, they are still HUGE!  Her Ara h1 was 4.03 (2015 - 4.14).  Her Ara h2 was 58.90 (2015 - 70.8).  Her Ara h3 was 1.41 (2015 - 1.55).  NOT GOOD!  

Next Steps

Since her egg number dropped yet again and Georgia already passed baked egg and heated egg challenges in past years, our allergist wanted to push scrambled eggs and finally clear egg for good.  She also wanted us to try and clear all tree nuts.  So, we scheduled two challenges - scrambled eggs and pecan for the coming weeks.

First up... scrambled eggs!

Originally, Nick was going to take her to the appointment, but since I was still home on blizzard snow days, I got the assignment.  I whipped up 3 scrambled eggs and off we went to the doctor's office with our iPads all charged up.  



Ready to eat some egg!


We settled in and Georgia started off with 1/8 tsp of scrambled eggs.  She LOVED it!  They set the timer and 10 minutes later.... Georgia was bright red on her face.  WHAT?!?!?!?  The allergist was shocked.  Until we realized that she was lying down on the table and the red marks might be from her hands under chin.  So, we set the timer for 20 minutes and when it went off next, her face was totally clear.  The allergist wanted to continue the test, so on we went.  Every 10 minutes, Georgia got a larger and larger bite of egg until she was inhaling 4tbsp at a time.  She loved every single bite!



The infamous belly pose that we think caused her to have a red face/neck/chin after the first bite


After 4 hours, she was declared TOTALLY FREE OF HER EGG ALLERGY!!!!!!

YIPPEE!!!!!



The final 20 minute wait!


Georgia was so excited.  She told absolutely everyone that she saw that day and I continue to have the most random people tell me that Georgia told them all about the fact that she can now eat egg.  She was even more excited for her Daddy to make her an egg sandwich the following morning...





The following week, Nick took the rotation and went with Georgia to her pecan challenge.  The night before I whipped up a batch of chocolate chip cookies with huge chunks of pecans in them.  The hardest part was finding pecans that were not cross-contaminated by peanuts, so I had to special order them from a farm in Georgia.  That's $38 that I'm never going to see again!



The text pic I got at work during her pecan challenge

Again, the same process occurred and Georgia started by getting small little pieces of cookie and built up to bigger and bigger chunks over a couple hours time.  Again.... she passed!!!  So, our last tree nut to challenge is walnuts.  If she can pass that, we can officially cross off tree nuts and she would only be allergic to dairy and peanuts.

Speaking of dairy... our next challenge is a grilled cheese challenge in a few weeks.  Since her dairy number dropped in a big way over the past year, her allergist is fairly confident that she will grow out of it in the next year or two.  Fingers crossed!  We'd love to JUST be allergic to peanuts!!