Thursday, July 22, 2010

Could We Have Found An Answer For Addie?

After 5 months of a constant cough and the most recent sudden onset of wheezing 4 weeks ago, we along with our new pediatrician, decided it was time to take the next step and take Addie to a Allergy & Asthma specialist - Dr. Dennis Dilley.
We had our 2 hour appointment which included a 48 item skin test and the results blew us away. (This picture was taken with in the first 5 minutes... I refrained from taking it at the end of the 15 minutes of swelling before reading the test.)
After getting past the guilt of not listening our gut instinct 18 months ago, after our original ped. said allergy testing wasn't a good idea, we now know that Addie is allergic to a handful of tree & weed pollens like Lingustrum, Mesquite, Mulberry & Short Ragweed. 3 common mold spores in the air year around in our humid conditions. Cats like her mommy and dust mites (which is more than likely part of the culprit that makes her night time cough so bad in her room.) The food allergies are the part that were the most alarming, she is allergic to beef, chicken, milk, orange, rice, pecans and CHOCOLATE!!!! So we welcomed back the world of SOY MILK on the way home!
The interesting part is that as a child myself, 4-7ish, I had bad allergies and asthma and remember taking a medicine mixed in my applesauce every day. I was allergic to milk as well, and they got so bad, I even had to do a couple of years of allergy shots every week. As bad as it was, I gradually grew out of it, the asthma really only bothered me while exercising hard in middle school and high school, when I had my very first major asthma attack due to being a around a cat for the first time and jumping on a trampoline soon afterwards. As an adult, my allergies are completely gone (minus CATS.)  Even this year, in March, when nearly everyone was miserable with whatever was in the air, I had no reaction. Dr. Dilley told me that many studies are being published now showing 60 percent of the children with severe allergie,s who took allergy shots as a child, grow up not to be affected as adults vs. those that didn't do shots.  He said that will hopefully be what happens with Addie once she is old enough to do them.... pretty interesting. He also stated that allergies and asthma are highly genetically passed on and specifically same sex parent to same sex child, which makes sense, that Carter has had NONE of these problems.

There are 3 Asthma Risk Factors: Addie has 2 of the 3, being1. Family History (Addie has from me) 2. Positive Allergy Test to Dust Mites, Cats or Alternaria & something else (Addie has 3/4) 3. (I forgot to write down the 3rd but she didn't have this.)

As far as the game plan - with Dr. Dilley's agreement, we aren't going to go over board and dramatic and have hard wood floors installed in her room tomorrow morning (as her and Carter's rooms are the ONLY rooms in the house that aren't already hard wood) or cut the 2 protein staples in our house (chicken and beef) out. We are going to vacuum her room once a day, no more stuffed animals in bed, doctor said the curtains need to come down (which by far is the hardest part for me since they have such meaning!) and ideally, in the future, we will need to get the 10 year old carpet out of her room if the changes we make now don't make a significant improvement. We changed the 2X/day inhaler from Flovent to Advair, which is supposed to have better control for night time cough. Dr. Dilley said to continue Zyrtec on a daily basis and we are continuing the Singular for her cough, allergy and asthma control and of course CUT OUT all milk, most cheese, yogurt, ice cream, orange, pecans and chocolate and see if those changes alone, reduce the congestion, cough and upset stomach that Addie often complains about. In the last 48 hours, since these changes, we think we have already seen a significant decrease in the congestion during the day and cough at night, as it is almost non-existent during the day already. We aren't going to celebrate yet but rather take a deep breath and hope we are heading the right direction.

7 comments:

KK said...

Poor baby, she'll be better now that you know what to watch out for. It's amazing how bad I felt when I had carpet and now without it I don't even take an allergy pill any more! (I think it was the smoking next door too though.)

dorisgold said...

I know that you can't do EVERYTHING right away, but I can't stress enough what a difference removing the carpet would make. Until you have wood floors, you really have NO idea of what all gets trapped in a carpet - even ones that look very clean. It is unbelievable what a dirt, dust, hair, etc. trap carpet actually is. Good luck with everything. I hope your sweet girl feels better soon!

Kira Willingham said...

Sweet girl! Megan, I had the EXACT same thing as you when I was a kid and viola, I NEVER have allergies when everyone else does. I am so glad my mom put me thru the allergy shots as a kiddo...

alicia/brandon said...

oh wow!!! that's crazy!! poor little gal. at least now you know what it is! That in itself will make a world of difference! I agree about the carpet. when we pulled ours up in pearland it was sooooo disgusting!! and that was pre kids when I thought it was "pretty clean" We are dying to do it in this house but for obvious reasons can't do it yet!!
Hope Miss Addie starts feeling better! hope to see yall soon :)

The Dieckmans said...

Oh my! Poor Addie. Knowledge is power. I'm sure having a game plan is a big relief!!! Here's to wishing Addie wheezless nights:)

The Metcalf Family said...

Wow! That's amazing and I'm so glad you guys got some clear answers! It sounds like you have a great plan in place! Marshall and I have the milk allergy, too. I've noticed that soy milk still bothers me. I tried almond milk, but found the rice milk to work best for us. So, experiment if you need to.

Jessica Tondre said...

So glad you found answers! Dietary changes and envioronmental changes are going to be major improvements, I bet! Keep us posted.

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