Folding, spindeling, and mutilating lauguage for fun since Aug, 2004
Saturday, 05 May 2007

So, I went to the allergist today.  Three bouts with bronchitis in a row, plus endless breathing problems before that, and I'm done.  I don't care what it takes, just break out those needles and FIX ME!!!

For those who don't know, they draw a huge grid on your back, and poke you with some sharp peices of plastic containing concentrations of allergens.

You also get two controls:  one is a non-reactive substance (I assume Saline or something equivilent) and the other is Histamine, the chemical that is produced by the body's attack on the allergins, and which causes the allergy symptoms.

My reaction to the non-reactant control was the expected - and my reaction to the Histamine was the expected ++++

This gives you the range from no reaction (-) to the Histamine reaction (++++) (a scale of 0-4, basically).

Here are my test results:                                                                                         Mold Spores:

Paper Birch                    ++++               Short Ragweed         ++++                        Alternaria                 -

Boxelder/Maple Mix          ++++               Giant Ragweed         ++++                        Cladosporium             +

Mulberry                        ++++               Marshelder              ++++                        Epicoccum                 +

Red Oak                        ++++               Sagebrush Mix          ++++                        Helminthosporium        +

White Ash                      ++++               Russian Thistle         ++++                        Aspergillus fumigatus   +

Shagbark Hickory            ++++                Careless - Pigweed   ++++                         Pullularia                    +

American Elm                  ++++                                                                           Fusarium                    +

Kentucky Blue Grass         ++++                                                                           Penicillium                  +

Timothy Grass                 ++++                                                                           Phoma                       +

Dustmite (D. Farinae)        -                                                                                 Rhizopus                    ++

Dustmite (D. Pteronyssinus)   +++

Cat                                    ++++

Dog                                    +++

Cockroach                           -


My allergist, who seems to have a gift for understatment, said "You are a candidate for shots."   

No wonder I have been having a hard time running.  I'm allergic to the whole darned out-of-doors!  (And the in-of-doors too!)

One peak-flow reading in the middle of an asthma attack was 490...a good score for a normal, healthy adult woman.

Another up-note is that I CAN get shots, and don't have to sell the dog and buy pet cockroaches.  LOL!  Although those Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are pretty cool.


Saturday, 05 May 2007 20:38:58 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [8] |  |  |  | #
Sunday, 06 May 2007 07:21:00 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I think we should demand more personal responsibility from the pigweed.
a small penguin
Sunday, 06 May 2007 07:37:41 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Exactly. This is the result of allowing this sort of nanny-state mentality. Pigweed going just all will-nilly.
Sunday, 06 May 2007 09:32:03 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Darn those neighbors for insisting on having trees and grass!

Our six-year-old went through the same thing on Thursday. She hit the jackpot with only two types of trees, two grasses, and only one sort of mold. The allergist would love us to get rid of the cat (no allergy testing for scales was done, but that's the only sort of pet she's not allergic to), but we decided to "compromise" and get an air filter and rip out lots of carpeting that we wanted to get rid of anyway.
Sunday, 06 May 2007 09:39:46 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Thanks to the U of MN dorms... I tested positive to two types of cockroach. :-)

Oh well... good luck and hope the shots help!
and... Watch out for the careless pigweed.. always using the cell phone when they drive.
Sunday, 06 May 2007 10:04:41 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

I hope your environmental changes help your daughter! So many allergies already at SIX! Best to nip it in the bud now. I started with hay fever at eight, and mover rapidly onto cats, and it just sort of snow-balled from there.


Lucky you live in Minnesota where at least it is possible to live cockroach free (if you are not a starving college student in the dorms)

I was just disgusted that there was anything remotely related to cockroaches injected into my back. blah.

As for the careless pigweed, why do we even let them have cars? Oh yeah, public transportation is Socialist.
Sunday, 06 May 2007 10:10:11 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

More on your daughter. I just wanted to congradulate you on getting her an allergist right now, and beginning management early on. It will give her good habits, an likely prevent the allergy thing from getting out of control. In the end, it is probably then next best thing you can do for her health after giving her standard health care.
Sunday, 06 May 2007 14:46:26 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
re: the kidlet and allergies,
Well, we knew she had a nasty nut allergy (found out the hard way), and she has had respiratory issues that seem to go on forever. The big worry was that she had gone the way of her father (Mr. pcomeau, above) and had the Big Three of allergies, asthma and eczema. The Doctor said that we didn't have to worry about the other two...yet, anyway. Hopefully the allergy meds will clear up the symptoms that gave us reason to suspect.

At six, she already has glasses and would rather read than most other things...asthma would have just been too unfair!

And for some odd reason, my comments seem to not want to enter. I apologise if they are showing up more than once.
Sunday, 06 May 2007 19:16:30 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)

Oh! That's good I've got the triple crown, although the eczema seems to come and go, and was worse when I was a kid.

Nut allergies are so terrible. So I take it she carries an epi pen?

I have had that problem as well. I think captcha times out too fast. Your posts are not duplicating, and if they do, I can delete them. (as a general rule, I only delete spam and duplicates.)
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