$110.00. That’s how much I spent at the pharmacy this weekend. The past few days did not turn out the way I expected. My daughter had a scheduled doctor’s appointment. She had not visited her allergist since she was 2 1/2 years old. That’s when we found out she was allergic to every type of seafood ever created. She has steered clear of any type of seafood since that time.
But since last month my baby girl has developed red rashes all over her body. They were similar to the break outs she got when she was 2 1/2. So I just knew she had gotten a hold of fish of some sort. Off to the allergist we go early on a Friday morning. Since this was a school holiday I had my other two monkeys in tow.
My boy began to complain of a stomach ache on the way to the doctor. Since he was reading in the car I figured he was suffering from motion sickness. I told him to put his book down and close his eyes ( I’m an expert in motion sickness-I’ve had it for years).
Just as we turn into the doctor’s office parking lot my son released all of his breakfast on the floor of the back seat. DAMMIT! Hash browns, orange juice, bacon EVERYWHERE!
Surprisingly, my son was able to spill the contents of his stomach on every inch of the floor and no where on his shoes, or clothes. I was proud! So proud that we all carefully hopped out of the car and strolled into the allergists office as if nothing had happened.
After a three hour appointment which included two breathing tests (which confirmed that she has asthma) and a horrific skin test which left my daughter in tears, we find out that she is allergic to the following: lobster, crab, cod, salmon, shrimp, clam and tuna, cockroaches, mites, dogs, cats, red oak, willow, hickory, red birch, red maple red cedar, elm, sycamore, bahla, bermuda, timothy, fescue, johnson, june, GT ragweed, Sh Ragweed and mold. Whew! That’s a long ass list isn’t it?
Thus, I go home and clean my entire house from top to bottom. I dusted like never before. I wanted to ensure that my house did not contain anything that would make her have trouble breathing. This cleaning took a total of 2 1/2 days. After I took a few hours to rest my aching back I trodded over to the pharmacist to retrieve my girls Epi Pens, asthma pumps, and nasal sprays.
When the pharmacist gave me my total I was almost in tears, not only because the medicines cost over $100 but because that total did NOT include the cost of her allergy shots that she would have to get once a month over the next 4 years! Why is this my life?
Do you have experience with food or environmental allergies? How do you cope?