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Milestone Monday: The Rash Continues to Confound

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Hives, but not too itchy

I wrote last week about Fia’s mystery rash. Am reposting the picture. It comes on in a fury, then a dose of Benadryl and it is gone within 10 minutes. I told the doctor last week that I thought it had gone away for two days. He said that was the key: figuring out what she didn’t have during that time or 5 days before hand. That’s how long an allergy can stay in your body. Well, I have a decent memory, but nothing that good. So moving forward, I’m trying to see if it goes away for any extended period of time. So far, it hasn’t.

She is seeing an allergist on Thursday for a consult, Friday for testing. I happen to be allergic to every environmental thing except mold: dust mites, pollen–even my transexual cat. I get shots. Phil is allergic to Penicillin. The doctor explained that our allergies combined give Fia a really good chance of having them. Even though ours aren’t food,  hers could be. And he reiterated the rash looks a food allergy, not environmental.

The only consistent thing about it is the timing. It appears in a few spots right after her nap, typically around 3 pm. Random spots on her body. I put cortisone cream on and they go away. Then right before bed, around 6:30-7, it comes on strong, taking up whole swaths of her skin. That’s when I bring out the Benadryl.

It can’t be her crib. We have washed her bedding twice in detergent, once in just hot water. We put all her stuffed animals in the dryer. We are using the dye/perfume free kind–we have used it for years.

For the last 3 days we have eliminated dairy, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Plus, doesn’t a dairy allergy usually involve diarrhea? I’m now going to eliminate nuts/peanut butter.

Here is her basic menu from the past 6 days (don’t judge me on some of the things like pickles for breakfast. She asked!):

Wed, April 11th:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with milk, partial granola bar

Lunch: macaroni and cheese, hot dog (no bun)

Dinner: ham, rice, pea soup, Lactaid instead of milk (now we’re doing straight rice or soy milk, as I learned Lactaid still has the milk protein)

6 pm: rash appeared (gave Benadryl)

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Thursday April 12th: (still waiting to hear from her school what she had for lunch that day)

Breakfast: Oats and Honey Cereal/Lactaid, cheese stick

1 pm–(pre-nap) rash appeared in a big way. It’s the picture I took above–and took it with me to the doctor to show him what it looked like. Gave her Benadryl, so it didn’t appear the rest of the day/night. I’m sure the antihistamine was still in her system at bedtime and kept it at bay. If it came during the night, I wouldn’t know.

Snack: Ella’s Squeeze (made up of sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apple, blueberry), Avocado, 2 cherry tomatoes

Dinner: chicken nuggets, black beans, pea/rice/ham soup, small piece of pepperoni pizza, chocolate chip cookie

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Friday April 13th:

Breakfast: cereal and milk, pretzels, shortbread vanilla cookie (not the most nutritious of breakfasts, I know).

Snack: apples, Swiss cheese, turkey

small rash @ 3:15 pm

Lunch: rice/pea/ham/spinach soup, smoothie (banana, yogurt, blueberries, OJ, milk), half sandwich on whole wheat bread with ham/turkey/lettuce/ranch dressing

4 pm rash appeared in a few spots

Early Dinner: half sandwich on whole wheat bread with ham/turkey/lettuce/ranch dressing

5:15 pm: spots began popping up. Gave Benadryl before they spread.

6:45 pm: bottle (8 oz of milk)
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Saturday, April 14th:

Breakfast: dill pickles (lord, she eats like she’s pregnant!), granola bar, flax seed waffle

Lunch: tortilla chips, rice and black beans, smoothie with a tiny bit of yogurt in it.

Dinner: chicken nuggets, avocado, an orange

At 6 pm, rash began. By 6:30 it spread on her arms, then legs then lower back. Gave Benadryl.

7 pm–bottle with rice milk (6 oz)

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Sunday April 15th:

Breakfast: peanut butter puffins & rice milk, eggs w/spinach and turkey, whole grain toast w/strawberry jelly

Lunch: half peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain, Ella’s purple squeeze

2:30–small cluster of rash on back and on wrist. Put on cream.

Post nap snack/early dinner:  rice/black beans/carrots, orange-banana squeeze, key lime soy yogurt (2 bites).

7 pm–cluster of rash all over shoulder blades. Gave Benadryl, put her to bed.

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Monday, April 16th:

Breakfast: apple/cinnamon organic oatmeal, Oaty Bites organic cereal w/ soymilk

Snack: blueberry-banana squeeze

Lunch: turkey, carrots, veggie chips

No rash yet. But she is napping. Any ideas anyone?

 

 

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Why Fall Foliage is Killing Me! Need Help!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

This picture makes me want to sneeze

This picture makes me want to sneeze

Fall sucks. And it sucks that I think this season sucks. It’s not by choice. I would absolutely love it–the way the air turns crisp and the leaves turn vibrant. But sadly, I hate it right now. I think I’m the only New Yorker who is not enjoying this amazing weather.  I watch Lee Goldberg hoping he’ll say those magical words “the first freeze.”

It’s all because of my horrendous allergies. My face looks like a Staypuff marshmallow. My eyes look like I’m a drug addict in withdrawal. I’m 5 months pregnant and limited on what meds I can take. I get shots, so I wasn’t expecting this season to hit me like it has. I have tried the sinus rinse pots and my nose is so stuffed, the water has nowhere to go. So it just goes into my head and gives me a massive headache (it’s as if I sniffed water up my nose while swimming. Am I doing it wrong?) My throat is so itchy; it wakes me up in the night. Why can’t Xanax be a class A pregnancy drug? Then I could just make myself fall asleep and not know what is happening within my sinuses.

I’m now taking Zyrtec and am about to buy Benadryl.  So far everything else I’ve tried (Claritin, Chlor-Trimeton, Qdryl) isn’t helping. Does anyone out there have any suggestions that will give me immediate relief? (I dig homeopathic suggestions, but not in this case where it will take months to build up and work. I want instant results).

I’m making my husband close up all the windows at night. He is rightly annoyed, but it’s either that or my nose blowing like a trumpet in his ear while he’s trying to fall asleep. I seriously fear my nose is going to fall off my face and my eyes are going to swell shut. Help!

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