Monday, October 20, 2008

Allergy Frustrations

I find it so amazing and frustrating that my children suffer from so many different allergens. Other than penicillin (Dan), Dan & I do not have any allergies. Yet, my children are allergic to everything!

Nathan had an appointment with the ear, nose, and throat specialist about a month ago. He has not been able to breathe out of his nose for years. She put the scope up his nose to check out his adenoids and it was so swollen that she couldn't even get to them. She put him on an antibiotic and nose spray and we went back this past week. He was still swollen up. However, she was able to find a small passageway. It turns out his adenoids were not that enlarged so she feels it's all related to allergies.

He is allergic to dust mites, cats and dogs. Since we don't have a cat or dog, I'm assuming this is due to the dust mites. He has to go for a cat scan and she suggested pursuing allergy shots but she did say it takes a long time to build up an immunity and there is only a 50% chance that it will work!

Emily has wanted a pet for as long as we can remember. She loves animals and is actually, very good with them. However, at her last allergy testing, on top of many foods she is highly allergic to dust mites, all kinds of grasses and trees, cats, dogs, dander, and feathers. This is a very sore spot for her and she really struggles with it.

Stephen has a major allergy to certain trees, grass, apples, and shellfish. Every spring and fall, he walks around with swollen eyes and a runny nose.

UGH!!!!!! I should of gotten a degree in nursing because I would be making a fortune right now with all the medication, shots, and medical procedures that I dole out in a day. My countertop looks like a pharmacy!

Oh well, maybe when the kids are grown, I'll go back to school and become a doctor! LOL!