yesterday, eden was able to get an last minute appointment that someone else cancelled with a doctor who specializes in allergies and asthma. (allergist/asthmologist/pulmonologist?!)
a quick summary? what a blessing!!
we were encouraged about the care e has received from the peds. we also had lots of conversation about the timeline of events, types of treatments we've tried, what worked, what didn't, why not, other possibilities and even a pretty good overview of why certain treatments work and some don't.
even though they were pretty sure her problems haven't stemmed from allergies, they tested her anyway for all the common allergies:
tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, barley, dairy, dog, cat, mold, dust, corn, eggs, fish, shellfish... and... i think that's it...
all tests were NEGATIVE!! (i was especially glad she's not allergic to dogs.) eden enjoyed her first peanut butter sandwich today for snack!! yum... she loved it! i got the rare privilege to find out what (if anything) my daughter is allergic to without having a scary incident in a restaurant or on vacation... or anywhere other than a doctors office!
the doctor suggested trying a stronger controller med and a more frequent dose, and a granular medicine we mix in her lunch... we go back two weeks for a follow up.
so far, things seem to be going REALLY well... granted, we're on day two, but she coughs about once a day and it doesn't seem to get the best of her. and her nose hasn't had to be wiped the first time today... that's a first in a MONTH!!
there were lots of other little details, but i won't bore you with all of them... bottom line, i feel like we're finally making some REAL progress, i love the doctor, eden is sweet as ever... we'll keep you posted (even though you're probably getting as tired of this as we are!)