Saturday, July 28, 2012


The title says it all just about!

This week has been a whirl wind and one heck of a wake up call all in one.  Being a single mom with a quote unquote normal kid is hard, but turn that kid into one who has some pretty significant allergy issues and you have my world.

Alyssa has had some allergy issues since pretty much birth but since Feb its gotten a lot worse!  Like I've said in another post we've been having some crazy weird hives like rashes popping up pretty much out of the blue.  Well this week we did patch testing at the dermatologist office and let me say that was the longest 52 1/2 hours I think I've ever had in the last 7 years with Alyssa.

This is what her back looked like!  

After removing them on Wednesday afternoon it wasn't pretty.  She not only had 6 positives but she was also allergic to the tape they used.  

We came out learning she was allergic to:

1) Shellac
2) Fragrance Mix II
3) Oleamidopropyl Dimethylamine
4) Lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
5) Ethyl Arcylate
6) Thimerosal

The worst of them being her reaction to Thimerosal.  To which the dermatologist said had she been vaccinated it could have very well turned out BAD!  

I am so thankful I have followed my gut and fought the last 7 years for my right not to vax her!  I can only imagine what would have happened had I done so, and honestly none of the possibilities I have played out in my head have been good!  

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have been pretty emotional around here in dealing with all the news.  It was also spent calling allergist offices (which I still have more to call) in an attempt to find one to do food testing on her with out doing the scratch test.  The dermatologist agrees we also need to do food testing but not through scratch testing because of her skin issues it can actually make them less accurate.  So me being me have sat down and googled it all so I would know what I was talking about a little more when I started calling and I've been either been flat out told No or bs'd by 6 offices.  Monday will consist of calling offices in Little Rock and Tulsa.  

From one mommy to another doing it alone isn't easy but its well worth it!  I've had many cuddles and hugs in the last week (which I don't get much cuddle time anymore these days she's getting to big for them according to her) than I've had in quite awhile, and needless to say I'm enjoying every moment of them.  Yes there are going to have to be some major changes around my house but I will do whatever it takes to keep my goobie head happy, healthy and safe, no matter who or what stands in my way.  

Well I am off to go snuggle up with my goober and watch RIO!  Night all!

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