We've gotten through the winter, and made the plan to take him back in for follow-up testing. His doctor thinks he is either having allergic reaction to something he's eating, or it could possibly be the Eosinophilic Esophagitis he was diagnosed with (possibly) last spring.
After a week of no allergy medicine, we took him in this morning to test 24 foods on his skin. Max is never a fan of waking up and heading straight to the hospital. He slept all the way there, but then was happy and smiling by the time we were heading in.
The nurse wrote the numbers on his back and with the help of Steve holding him up, and me restinghis head on my stomach standing in front of him, she got him ready to sit for 15 minutes to have a reaction.
He finally let us lay him on his side and he ended up going to sleep while he waited.
This is the tray of food to test him with. Each of those little vials has a different food, and a little stick that pokes/scratches his back and applies the food onto his skin.
The result........no reaction to anything but the histamine control. They are taking the results to his Allergist and we'll see where we go from there. I gave Max his allergy medicine as soon we got back to his van. It's made him a little sleepy today, but he already isn't so itchy.
You know how much Max bites his hand to tell us things he likes or needs, I think he was trying to tell us he was happy to be home, and simply fell asleep with his hand in his mouth.
We will see what his doctor has to say. It's just not normal for someone to need as much allergy medicine as he does year round. Something is going on with him that causes the symptoms of allergies. We will get to the bottom of it.
I hate to hear of Max's suffering and discomfort and hope that you figure it out. What wonderful parents you are -- and I have to admit, those are sweet photos of your guy!
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