Monday, April 15, 2013

Allergies and The Great Outdoors

Last week, we took a walk around the neighborhood before dinner.

The kids got tired after our walk/ride, so we stopped to rest in our neighbor's yard of little flowers - which I decided was the perfect place for some beautiful, impromptu pics.

My photogenic one, who loves posing for pictures:

My sweet boy's getting so big.

(It's a little blurry, but Connor's signing, "Where's Jake?")

Jake was ready to go home, but, being the great mom that I am, I coaxed him into a few pics.


We came home and, in a matter of minutes, Jake started having a bad allergy attack. His left eye got red and itchy and almost swelled shut. Mother-of-the-year award right here - ha!

(This was before it got really bad. Thank you, Benadryl.)

Jake has had allergy problems off and on for years. He had a skin test done when he was five but nothing ever showed up, so we've just stuck to over-the-counter Claritin since then. This recent eye development (along with some other allergy symptoms he's experienced this spring), confirmed I had to get him in with the allergist right away.

Today was the big day! Jake was a trooper during the skin test - he barely even moved.

Here's his back right after the prick test was done:

And here's what he looked like after the full 15-minutes:

Yeah, it was obvious. This boy's got some severe allergies. Out of 50 allergens that were tested, he tested positive for 24. He scored a 4/4 on trees, grass and ragweed, so those are pretty severe. He'll be taking Singulair, Claritin and prescription eye drops every day. And, he has to start getting allergy shots at the doctor's office twice a week on top of that, which may continue for the next 3-5 years at minimum. Poor guy.

I hate to see Jake go through all of this, but I'm so glad we finally have answers and a plan to get this kid feeling better again. Playing soccer in the great outdoors with shots, eye drops and medication - it's going to be a whole new world!

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