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I am a Mom to 2 amazing and fun daughters and wife to a great guy and a wonderful father!

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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Monday, April 23, 2007
An Exhausting 10 Minutes
Yes, we’ve lived in our township for over 5 years and Kayla is over 2 ½ years old and I just joined the library. Sad I know. But in my defense when I was getting my Master’s Degree, I always used the university library. So took the kids over today and just as I let go of Kayla’s hand (I had Alysa in the Baby Bjorn), she took off running – too much temptation I guess. So I had to abandon my wallet (for me this is huge) and chase after her. I told her if she didn’t listen to me we wouldn’t be able to see the books or the fish. I held her for the rest of the signing up process. I figured I wanted to at least get that done b4 having to leave. :) After that, we went to the children’s section. As soon as I put Alysa down, she took off running. Somehow I managed to get 2 books and a DVD, but who would have through going to the library would be that exhausting? Next time I’ll bring the stroller or at least their “leashes”.


In other news:
I took Kayla to see the new Allergist on Saturday. I REALLY like him. He spent a full hour with us and he was great with the kids. He seems to be on the same page as me as far as her food allergies go. He will retest her at 3 with a RAST, then skin test, then in-office food challenge – which is exactly what I wanted. Definitely better than her other allergist wanting to do a skin test, with no repeat RAST. At one point, he even asked me if I wanted to work for him and help him with other parents. LOL I guess he was impressed with my knowledge and how thorough I am. That always makes me feel good – I want their doctors to know I know what I’m talking about with regards to their health – those docs then listen better.

His feeling at this point for the hives is that it may not be a true allergy, but a histamine reaction to a virus. He said it’s most likely not from her last stomach virus in March, but could be from something she got and fought off w/o getting sick. He said if it’s that – it can last for 3-10 days and rarely can go up to 6 weeks. But he of course, did not rule out a reaction to an allergen. But we agreed, it’s a needle in a haystack kind of thing. He said to keep doing what we’re doing – keep an eye on foods, environment, etc to see if anything clicks. He wants her on the Zyrtec for 1 week, then to take her off. If she breaks out again, put her back on for another week, etc. He will see her back on May 19th. If she’s still reacting – he’ll move forward with some blood testing to rule out other issues, etc. He also said he’ll work with us on a plan for preschool in September. Yay!

The BEST part is that in a few weeks, he will be rid of all paper. He will be 100% computerized – he has a computer in EVERY exam room. He doesn’t even have file cabinets for charts. And he’ll have access to the records from home for non-office-hour calls. I have a good feeling about him. I felt comfortable with him and my kids did too (as much as 2 Toddlers feel comfortable with a strange doctor that is). Now I just have to get both their charts from the allergist and cancel both of their f/u’s.

And she has been reaction-free since Thursday night.

posted at 11:20 AM  

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Jennisa said...

So, are you anti-mommy talk today or what? :)

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Ah my Kayla is hard to contain in the library too! So many books! Room to run! Yes it's quite an adventure :)

So glad you had a great appt with this new allergist! How awsome!


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