Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our Visit To The Doctor

Posted by MANDI at 8:12 PM

In the course of our visit to the specialist for Offspring #2 today he felt that she needed to have some allergy tests to help us rule out (or rule in!) some of the things that needed to be considered. In all she was tested for 20 common allergens today and the results?

Nil. Zip. Nada. She had absolutely no reaction to any of the common household allergens - dust, grasses, dog hair, cat hair, etc, etc. This is absolutely fantastic news though it does present its own set of questions. Generally she'd show a reaction to something today and that would help us work out the trigger for her asthma. If it is asthma that she suffers from, it's 99% sure she'd have had a reaction to something today.

So... the newest theory is that it's not asthma at all. It's probably recurrent croup which presents quite similarly and is treated in a similar way. We're continuing with the meds she was on, as they seem to be working, and we're also trying a steroid treatment. Please don't tell me all the negative things about kids and steroid treatments. Believe me I've read it, worried about it and eventually decided that this is the best course for now. #2 is to see the doctor again in a month when he'll check up on her and reassess the new meds he's put her on. I liked the doctor, he agreed with a number of points that I made (good tactic that, agree with the Mum!), explained everything clearly and was quite happy to clarify points. I haven't ruled out other options, such as naturopaths, but we're going to give this a good shot.
PS: No, she didn't wear spots and stripes to the appointment. She wore what I laid out for her and then changed into her own selection when we arrived home. I do have some standards!


Anne at #3 said...

What great news! I hope it is croup because kids tend to grow out of that! And, by the way, I love her spots and stripes! XXX Anne

Iris Flavia on March 12, 2009 at 2:47 PM said...

Fingers crossed everyturns out the best it can!

On the first glance it looked like stars and stripes, colors fit in, too ;-)

Deborah Cornwell-Kelly on March 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM said...

Oh I had steroids for years as a child for an eye problem - my mum did all the worrying possible, and I was absolutely fine.
She looks so sweet!


Deborah Cornwell-Kelly on March 12, 2009 at 6:19 PM said...

Ok, nothing to do with the post, but it's driving me mad - HOW did you get the library thing widget into your html? I just can't get it to work!

Anonymous said...

No news is good news (or result as the case may be!). Fingers crossed it is something she outgrows. Don't worry about the steroids, you are doing what is best for Lib. Good luck. Kaz xx

The Cookbook Junkie on March 12, 2009 at 11:03 PM said...

Well that's good news. I'm surprised they did it on the arm. They did Nick's egg SPT on his back.

Red Dirt Mummy on March 16, 2009 at 8:46 PM said...

That our plan, Anne!

Thanks Iris.

Thanks for that reassurance, Deborah. About the Library widget thing? You should be able to click on it and then follow the links and then add the code in on your 'Customise' tab. Does that make sense? I can't remember exactly but it had to have been fairly simple, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to do it!

Thanks Kaz.

A couple of people have said that Paula. Maybe it's different doctors? We know a couple of kids who see this specialist and they always get tested on their arms.


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