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.
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