On July 18, I Will Eat Again!

I got the results of my Johns Hopkins blood test today (or, as I’ve been quipping, I returned from my astral/blood vacation in D.C.). And they are overwhelmingly negative. Negative meaning I’m not as allergic as we thought. Positive because, well, yay.

Anything that came out negative means I am not allergic to it. I may still have a chemical reaction but it is not an allergy and I am not as risk for anaphylaxis. Anything positive means my blood tests as allergic, but I may not experience symptoms. I can do food challenges (the doctor feeds me a food and I hang around for 2 hours to see if I react) for any foods I tested on the low scale for. And I can eat the foods I tested negative for — after July 18, because I tested positive to some things that I’d previously been fine with, and I’ve eaten them, so to ensure I don’t have a false reaction due to mild allergens in my system, I have to wait 30 days. But in 30 days…I can eat!

To keep track, I made a handy dandy chart. This compares my blood test results (accurate) to my skin test results (less accurate). It also accounts for foods that don’t have blood tests. Anything above .1 is positive. Anything with something in the ones column isn’t worth challenging.

Hello, foods!

Number Food Skin Test
1 orange 2a
2 potato 3b
3 coconut n/a
4 strawberry 0
5 yeast 2b
6 garlic 2b
7 sweet potato 0
8 egg yolk 3b
9 alpha lacalbumin n/a
10 beta lactoglobulin n/a
11 casein n/a
12 gluten n/a
13 cheddar cheese n/a
14 milk 2b
15 rice 3b
16 buckwheat 3b
17 pea 2b
18 soybean 2b
19 almond 3b
20 tomato 2b
21 beef 3b
22 carrot 0
23 kiwi n/a
24 celery n/a
25 parsley 0
26 melon 2b
27 mustard 2b
28 mango 0
29 cacao (chocolate!) 2a
30 avocado 3b
31 clam 2a
32 pineapple 0
33 lettuce 1a
34 cabbage 3b
35 boiled milk n/a
36 egg (yolk and white) n/a
37 plum 3b
38 broccoli 3b
39 green bean n/a
40 cranberry n/a
Number Positive Skin Test?
1 tuna (2.2) 3d
2 salmon (6.85) 4d
3 onion (.11) 3c
4 cod (5.62) 4d
5 wheat (.24) 2b
6 barley (.86) 2a
7 sesame (.85) 3b
8 peanut (.17) 3b
9 hazelnut (8.26) 3b
10 shrimp (.12) 0
11 malt (.11) 2b
12 peach (.11) 0
13 pecan (.44) 0
14 cashew (.12) 3c
15 pistachio (.24) 3b
16 grapefruit (.13) 2b
17 lentil (.38) n/a
18 cucumber (.12) n/a
19 walnut (.34) 2c
20 chickpea (.11) n/a
21 swordfish (.70) n/a
22 watermelon (.37) 0
23 sole (1.75) n/a
Number Food Skin Test
1 blueberry 3b
2 cinnamon 2b
3 coffee 2b
4 mushroom 3b
5 olive 2b
6 green pepper 2a
7 pork 3b
8 sunflower seed 2b

 

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  1. Pingback: I Have An Airborne Allergy…And It’s Not To Peanuts | allergyepisodes

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