This past Friday I had an appointment with Dr. J, my pediatric allergist. Mom has been conerned that I have a milk allergy because when I started drinking it my eczema became significantly worse.
Because Mom often practices pediatric exams on me, I have become quite good at sitting still for them. Dr. J said I was an excellent patient - especially through two panels of skin scratch testing. Which to be honest, is not bad at all. Especially when I get to blow bubbles and play with my toys.
What was interesting is everything came back negative - even dog. However, the last time I was tested the dog allergy was picked up via a transdermal test not scratch test. Therefore, likely it is still positive. And a negative skin test here does not necessarily mean I am not allergic to milk. The autoimmune response that mediates an allergic skin reaction is a bit different than other types. So, we're going to keep me off milk one more month. Then we'll reintroduce milk. If the eczema flares up again, we know I am allergic.
A very pleasant time. We made time to see the fish. There were four fish who had died. That was a challenging conversation for Mom but appropriately timed for Easter. More on that later.
A successful exam. We'll just see what the next couple of months bring. In the mean time, I'll continue my morning coconut milk yogurt for breakfast - not too bad, actually.