I took Gavin back to the allergist for a follow up allergy test. I also wanted to have him tested further on some other things like seafood. He’s never had seafood and I’m cautious to even let him try it with all his other allergies.
They did the same test they did two years ago for environmental and nut allergies, but added in the seafood test. I opted out of the blood work because there’s no sense in putting him through that when I already know he’s allergic.
His arm blew up for cashew, pistachio and peanut. Those are the nuts that will send him into anaphylactic shock. The other nuts were high, so we’re just going to say the child can’t have ANY nut products!
He reacted to pretty much all molds, grasses and trees – the biggest being oak trees and Bermuda grass (now I know why his allergies are so much worse in FL). Ironically, he’s not allergic to cockroaches and feathers. Not that we have either in our house, but it’s comforting to know he can be around some things. LOL!
As for seafood, his entire arm reacted, but only a little. The doctor wasn’t sure if it was because he just has sensitive skin or because he’s really allergic. We’d have to do a blood test to find out more. Since Gavin isn’t asking to eat shrimp, crab, lobster or scallops, we’ll just wait until he’s ready and make sure not to feed him anything. The only fish he can have is salmon. He’s eaten it before and hasn’t had any kind of reaction.
He graduated from the EpiPen Jr. to the regular EpiPen. I refilled his prescription and when I went to pick it up, the cost of the EpiPen was $612! Luckily, I had a coupon for a $100 off so I only had to spend $512. Yay for savings! Even if it's only a little.
I need another EpiPen for school, which I’ll fill later in the summer when I’m over swallowing the price I just paid for my son’s life saving medicine. I am really frustrated that birth control, which prevents a life, is covered at 100%, but the medicine that SAVES a life costs so much. Luckily, we are fortunate to have the money to pay for this medicine. I can’t imagine a parent with a child who has an allergy that couldn’t pay for this medicine.
Maybe I'll start a movement by this post to get insurance companies to cover the cost of this medicine at 100% regardless of deductibles and all the useless criteria they have hidden in their rules us consumers don't ever see.