It’s nice to know that I’m not paranoid. After months of speculating and dealing with on-again, off-again hives and eczema flare-ups, we decided to go to an allergy specialist and find out for sure what Cooper is allergic to and to what extent. The skin prick test came back with allergies to milk, eggs, shellfish, and almonds as major no-nos. The surprises were soy and wheat but the reactions were low enough that the allergist recommended keeping them in the diet for now but watch for further reactions. We could have tested for other stuff too but we were limited to the space on Cooper’s scrawny back.
While I’m not shocked by the list of no-nos, the prescription to keep epi-pens with us at all times and to keep at school took me aback. I have no problems keeping those kinds of foods out of his diet and it’s pretty easy around here to find alternatives and substitutes. But the thought that he could actually have an anaphylactic reaction in which I would have to jam a needle into his leg to save his life is sobering. I was all matter-of-fact after the appointment and diligently checking our pantry items for things we can’t use anymore but it wasn’t until I read the little pamphlet that came with the epi-pens did I get a little emotional. Avoiding allergic food? Yes, it will be a little extra work but could also be fun to get creative with substitutes. Administering emergency life-saving procedures? Whew, that’s a reality check I wasn’t expecting.