Here is what we learned from the skin prick test (SPT) :
Mickey is still allergic to milk
Mickey is definitely allergic to bananas
Mickey had a negative skin test to avocado (although his blood tests positive), kiwi and mango. He was tested with fresh milk and fresh banana as well as the regular milk and banana extracts generally used for testing as his Dr. wanted to compare results.
Here is the baffling thing... the extracts were negative. Only the fresh resulted in a positive test. It was only by chance that they used fresh milk on him. If we would have not seen the fresh milk positive, we would have thought that he had outgrown his milk allergy and we would have begun a huge emotional process of trying milk again!
So what does that mean we ask the allergist? She told us that it means that Mickey does not fit into any categories when it comes to allergies. He is a one of a kind!
So nothing really has changed. Except for the fact that we can feed Mickey avocado, mango and kiwi again. That will be nice! We of course still need to be cautious when he eats these as they are still cross-reactive with the banana.
His Dr. says that we still have to really be cautious with his exposure to latex (natural rubber) as he is high risk if not already allergic. We have the option of going to Mayo Clinic as they have a non -FDA approved latex skin prick test to find out whether he already has the allergy or not. We are opting not to do this as
1. the non -FDA approved is a bit unsettling !!!
2. It does not change anything for our life as even if he is not allergic today, he could come into contact with balloons tomorrow and become allergic due to cross-reactivity.
Overall it was good to talk with our allergist about our concerns and we will go back in March to get Mickey retested for milk in hopes that he will have outgrown it by then. We will not be retesting banana for a long time as it is considered a life-long allergy.
And where was little Miss Minnie during all this?
Minnie was entertained by her Papa for 2 whole hours in the waiting room. She basked in the attention and she formed a pretty tight bond with her Papa last Friday! She even started saying "papa!" That is a very high honor as she does not even say mama yet.
Sidenote: (When Mickey was learning to talk, he could say tractor, excavator and his favorite baby food-squash corn chicken ALL before he could say "mama"! hmmm)
Okay back to our day at the allergist.
So to reward our son for his bravery, we took him to the zoo and had a wonderful time. It was exceptionally special as papa got to spend the day with us!