The allergist makes my son nervous. We had an appointment on Wednesday. The doctor he sees is an allergy and asthma specialist. My son was consumed by a fear of "the shots" (the allergy skin tests, which seem to hurt my son tremendously when he is tested for his peanut allergy). He must have asked me 15 time between Tuesday night and the appointment if he was going to have to have "shots".
The appointment went really well. No allergy skin tests ("shots").
My son does not need to use the nebulizer regularly anymore. Basically, because of his age he can now handle using pulmacourt in his inhaler instead of having the medicine in the nebulizer. My son is thrilled. He hates "the mask" (the nebulizer) because of the time it takes. At least for the next month or so while we live in this valley (the self proclaimed grass seed capital of the world), he needs to do the inhaler treatment morning and night. It will be nice. He does his inhaler much easier (more willingly) than the nebulizer.
That's the biggest change.
The doctor also thought my son will be better off in the new climate we will be in once we move. There will be less grass in Nevada- thus, less grass pollen to aggravate his asthma. That's one bright side to Nevada.
When asked about meds, I said that we had been using claritin for seasonal allergies and it doesn't seem to be working as well as the zyrtec. The doctor said zyrtec is a much better antihistamine.
The doctor asked about my son's peanut allergy reactions. When I told him about my son's most recent contact reaction, he shook his head slightly and said hadn't outgrown the allergy. There's no doubt. So we could have another skin test in a couple of years... but really, it seems unlikely he will outgrow the allergy.
No "shots". Again, my son was thrilled.
My son's prescriptions are renewed. We are armed with a note from the doctor to take to the new school district. The doctor is going to call with a doctor recommendation for our new area.
All in all, it was a great appointment.
Now I just need to get the prescriptions filled... new epipens, new inhaler medicines, and I need to pick up some zyrtec.