Poor blog. I’ve been neglecting you and I hate that.
The last month has brought an incrementally expanding diet. Rice, chicken, beef, corn, apple, and soy have are all back on the menu. What riches! It’s like a buffet all the time.
The next biggies to try will be nuts and coconut. Then, what I have recently learned are called “high heat eggs.” And then that’s about it.
“High heat eggs” is a term that I heard from my allergist on Friday, during an appointment to see how the food re-introductions are going, and also what’s up with my continuing shortness of breath.
I was skeptical going in to the appointment. Even though the allergist had spent a fair amount of time answering questions, I wasn’t sure she was quite getting my wish to receive detailed information or a full explanation of test results, such as the pulmonary function test she had sent me for. It’s not that she was dismissive or unkind; she just seemed a little puzzled by my desire for detail.
This time, things went much, much better. She reviewed the test results with me in great detail (upshot: maybe some small airway issues, but minor, and the large airways seemed fine). She acknowledged the symptoms I’ve been having, and also the anxiety they cause me. She didn’t think it was weird that albuterol didn’t touch the breathing, but did make me feel like crap. She was really honest about the limitations of immunological knowledge. She’s wary of pharmaceutical company claims.
Most interesting of all, though: I think we may have something new to try.
Signs suggest the breathing issues have an allergic origin. We talked about trying Singulair and then, since I didn’t love that idea, also about giving allergy shots a try. There is apparently some thinking that, in addition to a good track record for essentially curing environmental allergies, the shots can also calm the immune system generally. So, turning down the aeroallergen reactions maybe, just maybe, could also help with the GI eos.
This approach is appealing to me because it’s become my fear that these immune reactions will keep snowballing. First it was eos and eggs. Next it could be who knows what.
Unless I change my mind—and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this plan, friends—I will go in for a fresh round of skin prick testing in two weeks, and then we’ll make a more specific plan. It will probably include Singulair for at least a while, but right now I’m also leaning to the shots because (forgive me), it sounds like it’s worth a shot.