Failed challenge today

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 2:55am
julieneaman's picture
Joined: 01/11/2004 - 09:00

We got to the allergists in the snow at 8:30 am w/ all 3 kids in tow due to school being cancelled. Ds skin prick was neg. so we proceeded to challenge. He got to 1/16 tspn and got itchy eyes. We waited 30 minutes & it seemed to clear up, & he said he felt better. So he had another 1/16 tspn and seemed fine. He had 1/8 tspn & seemed fine. Then, at 1/2 tspn reacted w/ itchy eyes and 1 small hive on his lip. He was given benedryl & was fine although we still waited there another hour. So, he got a little further in this challenge than last, but . . .
DS will be five next month & will start kindergarten. His cap rast & spt were both neg. prior to his previous challenge almost 2 yrs ago.
Andrea, I'm praying for your son for Friday!


Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 3:34am
ahensley's picture
Joined: 08/23/2005 - 09:00

Oh Julie, I am so sorry.
I can only imagine how you are feeling. I am guessing I may be feeling that way very soon too, especailly since Luke's test is not completely negative, but slightly positive. So you didn't redo the caprast prior to this test?
Do the results of this test make you feel like he can handle a little bit of exposure (trace amts) and not react or are you back to 100% strict avoidance?
Thank you for posting your results. I am trying to prepare myself for a failed challenge. Its so hard not to get my hopes up, but I know this is in God's hands.. not mine and I have to just continually let go of the anxiety.
I hope you are doing okay. I am sorry DS didn't pass the challenge.

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 3:56am
julieneaman's picture
Joined: 01/11/2004 - 09:00

Yes, we're back to 100% strict avoidance. I am relieved that his reaction was minor and his total consumption of peanut butter was almost 1 tspn. But, we are still going for the possibility of passing a challenge at some point. Our allergist said she believes that strict avoidance gives him a better chance. I didn't have them do a cap rast again b/c the blood draws are so traumatic for ds and I just didn't think it was necessary at this point. We still repeated the spt prior to the challenge.
I was hoping it wasn't going to come to this, but I guess I'll start getting my 504 stuff together & request that meeting ASAP.
I'm sending prayers for your Luke for Friday!

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 4:53am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

I am sorry to hear about the challenge. I cannot imagine how utterly stressful it would be to do one, then to not pass is so awful.
Can I just ask how your child felt about eating pb?
We were thinking we would be doing a challenge a few years back, but spt was too high. I don't think I could do anything to convince my son to even try it. He won't even look at sunbutter.
I suppose the good news is that he didn't have an ana. reaction and can apparently tolorate a bit of pb.
I hope there is still a chance of outgrowing!
hugs to you!

Posted on: Wed, 03/07/2007 - 12:18pm
doofusclo's picture
Joined: 12/03/2006 - 09:00

I am sorry. I will pray he passes it next time.

Posted on: Thu, 03/08/2007 - 5:31am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I'm sorry to hear that! It almost seems harder than just getting back a positive rast and spt. But hopefully his minor reaction is a good sign!

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