It was a bit touch and go during the test. At one point he complained of an itchy tongue and started scratching it quite vigorously. That's never happened before and it's one of the signs of anaphylaxis. The Big Man and I got a wee bit anxious at that point. But the itch came and went quite quickly. We think there must have been an allergen on the straw he was given. A straw as it turns out that is left out in the open so it was very likely to have been contaminated with something. Most likely milk.
|The contaminated straw!|
He also had blemishes appear around his mouth. Not so much hives but red irritations that were itchy. And again they came and went quite quickly.
A quick phone call to the Consultant to discuss these strange goings on and she confirmed that they do not constitute an allergic reaction and the challenge test had been passed. We were told to wait 72 hours and watch for any signs of a delayed reaction. If after all that, nothing untoward happens then it is a big fat pass!
I am ecstatic! I cannot begin to tell you how much of a difference incorporating soya into his diet will make. Pretty much every free from food has soya in it, in one form or another. I've spent the last couple of days surfing the internet for new foods he can eat.
He can finally, finally have ice cream. It's the one thing I have been unable to find or make an alternative for. We did once find a rice ice cream but the Wee Man thought it tasted "Yuk!" and I haven't been able to find it anywhere since. I've also found an egg, wheat and dairy free ice cream cone he can have. So finally after five and a half years the Wee Man will be able to eat an ice cream cone. And he can now eat chocolate!
That is why on Monday he will have ice cream for breakfast (with chocolate of course).
As always the Wee Man was great at the hospital despite spending eight very long hours there. His favourite activity? Painting and glittering in bed!