Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Where's the Easy Button?

Recently, I wrote how James had an accidental ingestion of soy. James's local allergist, Dr. L, had suggested both a soy and a wheat challenge last year, just prior to our first visit to Dr. Li. She requested we wait. At this seemingly successful tolerance, Dr. Li agreed that he could proceed with the soy challenge.

Not so fast, mom!

Dr. L, rightly, had lots of questions regarding James's ingestion. And two were particularly relevant to whether the challenge should go ahead or not in this case.

1. Any delayed reactions? Although I hadn't considered it at the time, James did complain the next day of shortness of breath, similar to (in his words) "when he has an OAS reaction." Since we were walking and in NYC, I chalked it up to humidity and pollen. 

Dr. L also did not seem concerned with this, but it did put the thought in the back of my mind.

2. What form of soy did he ingest? As it was soy flour, it turns out that this is not the most allergenic form of soy. Much like baked egg or milk, soy proteins change in a baked form from that of raw soy, as one would find in soy milk or tofu, which is used for a challenge.

So, while it was a good sign he had not reacted to the flour, it was not a clear ingestion either.

But wait! there's more (stumbling blocks)

Dr. L requested that James be weaned off his Allegra - and stay hive free - before undertaking any blood work even to see if he would be ready for a challenge (see information on OFC and CU here). Dr. Li, the day before, had specifically told me not to adjust James's Allegra schedule, until he had been hive free for six months. Then, she would work with us to wean him from his Allegra.

This is one of those cases - neither doctor is wrong, both have solid reasoning for their orders behind them, and if they were both in a room, I have no doubt they would discuss it and decide the best course of action. But they aren't. So, it's up to me to play a stressful game of telephone. And it's up to me to make the final call.

After talking it out with an amazing support system, I realized that our long term goal is health and healing. Ultimately, do we want to challenge foods, successfully? Of course, but we don't want to rush and possibly set back his current gains.

And so, we wait. Soy will still be there in 6 months, when hopefully, he is even healthier and hive free without antihistamines.


  1. (((HUGS))) My oft-chosen quote for just such times is "The waiting is the hardest part..." ~Tom Petty

    1. Thank you Selena <3. It is true. I am working on my patience.