We are in the middle of a pretty crazy allergic reaction over here in Educational Anarchy Land.
My 9 year old has been consistent with getting a nasty headache once a month that would land him in bed for the day, but would be better by morning. I didn't really think anything about it. It would leave as quick as it would come. I made a mental note of it and just figured I'd bring it up at his yearly.
Not this month.
He returned from Texas about three weeks ago, got a headache upon return, vomited and then was better by the morning. The vomiting was a concern. But, since it didn't continue and left as quick as it came, I wasn't too concerned. That was until yesterday when he experienced yet another headache that landed him in bed. Two headaches that close together with vomiting during one is cause for concern in my books. Throw in a fever spike last night and I'm calling the doctors office at 8pm to get in as quickly as I can. The concern of neurological issues is scary. Especially since I have epilepsy. Especially since I searched WebMD.
I was able to get him into the doctors today, which was wonderful.
By the time we got there, though, hives started to break out all over his back, legs and arms. Bug bites were ruled out, these were hives. He was having an allergic reaction to something. Specifically, to something he ate. And his body WAS PISSED. He was sustaining a fever at 102.3 and couldn't focus, complaining of dizziness.
We are pretty strict about food consumption in our home. We don't consume cow milk. We try to stay organic. Our soy milk is GMO free and we look for that across the baord. We eat balanced meals that are protein heavy with adequate serving sizes and limit all junk food. If we consume sugar, it's sugar. Not artificial sweeteners. Not chemicals.
Chris has always consumed soy milk. Not soy formula. Soy milk. We started him on it instead of cow milk. Yes, I know there are better dairy substitutes out there. We like it because of it's protein content per serving. And yes, we are willing to entertain another option if it turns out that he has an allergy to it.
But, because he's always had soy milk, he's developed a dairy sensitivity. He can consume some dairy based foods, just in moderation. Yogurt is a good example.
So, the big three, for food allergies, are dairy, gluten and soy.
On Wednesday evening Chris was in charge of making dinner for us. His choice - grilled cheese sandwiches with french fries. Sourdough bread slathered with butter and melted Munster cheese. Oh, but wait! On Thursday morning he had his regular daily serving of soy milk, 8 ounces of it. BAM! BAM! BAM!
And Thursday afternoon is when he started to complain of a headache. Actually, let me back up a bit. That morning he was acting weird. Like frigidity and unfocused. So, there are warning signs.
So, where are we now? Elimination diet and then reintroduction of each of the big three to see if we can determine which food he reacted too. Sugar is being cut out as well. My bet is on either dairy or the combination of the other two while diary is present. If we cannot pinpoint which is the culprit, when we return to the doctor in two weeks for his yearly he'll be given a multi panel allergy test ... all foods, including fruits and vegetables and then environmental agents as well. I almost cried with the receptionist at the doctors told me the base price for this test. $3,600.00. *deep breath* She then called the company that they go through to confirm that my insurance was part of their plan, and it is. We won't have to pay the entire amount, we'll have to still pay, but not the entire amount. We would have a precise read on what exactly he's allergic to, though.
Right now the hives are spreading. They have moved to his trunk area and up his neck and to his face. They've also moved to other parts of his arms. He is on benadryl to help with the hives and aleve for his headache. He's craving apples and complaining that the water tastes like it's been siting outside with lemons and limes in it for like 3 days.
The doctor advised us to keep benadryl on us at all times. Just in case.
You know what? It could be worse. It could have been a neurological issue.
I'm counting my blessings tonight and truly contemplating "let food by they medicine".