Here is a reminder picture of the frosting smeared all over his face.
Because of the time of day and the call we made to the on-call nurse, this is the only picture I got of the hives. They were all over his face, especially around his mouth.
That was Friday night. The following Tuesday, he and I headed off to the allergist for a RAST test. Here is how his sweet back looked prior to the test.
Thank *goodness* I brought the portable DVD player. He had to hold still, flat on his stomach for about 15 minutes. While she pricked his back 20-30 times, he didn't even flinch. He just looked at her. No whining, no crying, no nothing. Wow. (Andrew had this test done last fall, and he freaked.)
The marks are just inkpen marks so she could tell where the rows were. The bright red mark on the lower right is the control mark, to be sure that he didn't have any antihistamine meds in the three days prior to the test. But do you see the big ol' mark in the middle?
My baby is allergic to eggs.
He did so well. He and Scout kept each other company in the stroller while I made his follow-up visit.
The allergist said that Thomas definitely needs to steer clear of straight-out eggs and anything that contains raw egg whites (like cupcake frosting!) or that is cooked and the MAIN ingredients are eggs (like quiche). We are going to attempt a cooked food where the egg is just a minor component (like pancakes) to see how he does.
We got him a two-pack of EpiPen Jrs. Scary stuff.
It could be worse. It's not milk or soy or wheat or peanuts. Eggs really aren't in as many things as you'd think. Especially if he is able to have eggs cooked in things. We shall see.
By the way, I took him back to the ENT on Thursday for his ear checkup. He did perfectly! He passed his hearing test in both ears with flying colors and had no fluid nor infection in his ears. He goes back in six months.
The strange thing?
When I scheduled both of his follow-up appointments for September, I had the strange realization that I will not need to find childcare for Andrew or Benjamin. They will both be in school.