Last Tuesday I took Amelia Claire to be tested for allergies. Since she was about a year old, she started breaking out in eczema. If anyone of you have experienced a fight with this skin condition understands that it's a never ending cycle. My poor girls legs and fingers are constantly red, scaley and sometimes cracky and oozy.
Sorry for the mental picture.
As far as we suspected, it was milk that caused the issue. Since taking her off of milk and restricting a good amount of dairy, her eczema seemed to improve.
But not enough to make us happy..... she's miserable most of the time. She takes Clariton everyday and also has a steroid cream for her spots. It's just not enough and we're beginning to worry about scarring.
So, her allergist suggested that we start her testing with foods. She panicked at the first prick and was ready to L.E.A.V.E the office..... however way she could find! Poor thing.
Come to find out... she's outgrowing her milk allergy! Praise the Lord!
However, we now know she is HIGHLY ALLERGIC to Cashews and Pistachio Nuts.
I was sent home with prescriptions for a stronger allergy medicine and a new cream for her fingers and spots.
And an Epi-pen.
I got kinda freaked out. I called her Daddy. He got kinda freaked out.
Darren remembered eating a bowl of pistachio's during Christmas with Amelia in the living room playing. He said it was like having a loaded gun in the same room with her. He's right. There was a little guy whose Daddy gave him a taste of one last year in a city next to ours.... they couldn't get him to the ER in time.
My heart sank after the Dr. told me that.
So, naturally I head to my lap-top and type in Tree Nut allergy and Cashews/Pistachio allergy. Come to find out, Cashews and Pistachio's are in the same family of nuts which kinda explains why the pecan and walnuts and etc.... didn't seem to cause a problem.
I guess these two nuts are related to the mango tree as well as poison ivy. So, we've decided to do our best to keep her away from these things as well..... even though.
I took the paper with the information on it to the school the next morning and talked to her teacher and the school nurse. The nurse was so fantastic and took this VERY seriously. Every tacher that comes in contact with Amelia Claire will have training on how to use her epi-pen. She was really helpful in making me feel better. However, while I waited on her .......... the secretary was like:
"Oh, for the twenty years I've worked here, we've never had cashews or pistachio's. So I wouldn't worry about it too much."
Ummmm.......... ? Have you lost your mind lady? These may not be as common as peanuts but you never know when someone will send a special cookie to school with their kid who in turn wants to share. She can't even have a cookie with the nuts picked out or even kissed on the lips by someone who has eaten them. Moron.
It only takes one time..... and she may be gone from us forever.
It's haunting..... truly haunting.
Now that it's Saturday, I'm feeling a bit better. I've gone through the cupboards and rid our house of anything that is listed as Tree Nuts or Cashews/Pistachio's. (Cashews were even listed in my Strawberry Crystal Light made by Wal-Mart! Crazy.) I've also been shopping around for a Medic-Alert bracelet for her. They've actually got some pretty cute one's out there. I'm thinking about this one:
I think it's sweet and I'm sure she won't mind wearing it everyday.
In the meantime.... I plan to make a cute little carrying case for her pen as I saw on SouleMama's blog a while back. I've also seen some other really cute handmade epi-pen carrier type thingies that will work for us. I have to carry it and a bottle of Benadryl everywhere we go now so why not make it fun for her and me?
I'll post on that soon.... it's a project I can do this weekend.
On another note, I have Spring Break this week! Thank Goodness.... I'm so relieved that I don't have to drive four nights a week and leave my family. Tuesday, I'll be taking Amelia Claire back to the Allergist for pollen testing. Wednesday, I'll be taking my Mom to Daytona Beach to see Jeff Dunham live. Between these two days I'm going to try and get a new little shop set up on my blog for the summer. I've had several requests for dresses and since I won't have school.... I'll have time. I'm looking forward to it too!
For now.... I'm off to a Chili Cook-Off!
First place will be mine!!!!!