In this house, you can always tell when it is going to be a ‘bad hay fever’ day. First of all there is stereophonic snoring, courtesy of my grass pollen allergic husband and my intolerant child. It is enough to bring the plaster down from the ceiling. Last summer, Sophia came wandering into our room in the middle of the night and said she couldn’t sleep because she could hear tigers!
The other sign is that despite all the windows being tightly closed – the snoring turns to sniffing and snorting by about 5am and by 6am the sneezing attacks start. My husband is a hay fever expert, having lived with it every summer of his life. He tells me it is always worse first thing in the morning, when the pollen rises and in the early evening when the pollen comes down! In June our windows are always closed but somehow it permeates the double glazing! Probably need to get them looked at!
Windy days are also very bad and today is a very windy day and when we got to the school playground this morning, I could see we were in good company. Rows and rows of Mums in sunglasses. It wasn’t even that sunny. I know we can be a vain old bunch but just for once they were as much for function as for fashion. Clearly I am not the only one who has been told that big wraparound sunglasses are a good defence on the worst days as they act as a barrier – and in my case, hide the fact that my eye make-up is being washed away rapidly by the very itchy tears.
When we met Dr Fox in November, he agreed that the only way to successfully diagnose Zac was to run proper allergy tests. Sounds a bit obvious, but in three years of trying, he was the first doctor we met who came up with that conclusion. Alarming.
After going through his case history, he thought Zac’s reactions to wheat and gluten could either be pointing to wheat allergy or non-mediated IgE allergy to wheat and gluten, as Zac’s reactions when eating the foods seemed so sudden and quite dramatic – instant bloating, liquid stools, tummy ache and itchy skin. More…
As I have worked my way through 15 breakfast options now, I think it is time to bring a bit of science back to the blog. Don’t worry, the food will be back, but I need to share our latest news, as it may resonate with some of you – and some of you may have comments or advice? Please feel free to comment.
After three years of trying to get Zac allergy tested, we finally made some progress at the end of last year and got a consultant to agree that his condition needed further investigating and blood tests were the next step. The blood was taken just before Christmas and by 21st January – after much chasing, I received the results. Zac’s blood tests were negative for cow’s milk, egg, fish, peanuts, sesame, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, wheat, mixed tree pollen and mixed grass pollen. They were also supposed to test for mango and kiwi, but in the letter they apologised for not having done this, as they had taken insufficient blood! Great.
Dr Fox had also requested for Zac to be screened for HLA DQ2 and DQ8 – which would help rule out Coeliac disease, but there was not mention of this in the letter, so I can only assume they forgot altogether. Massively unimpressed – again. I plan to discuss when we next meet the consultant.