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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:06 pm 
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Consider getting a tattoo of several dots, one marked "H" as a means of saving time.

Count the MDI on the desk, sort by colour, shape...

See what you can make out of the shapes of the hives. "That one looks like a dolphin-no wait, it's a puppy! These two cross eachother like a skull and cross bones"

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:26 pm 
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DS hates the allergist's office and from about 3 km. aways starts screaming in the back seat "no tickles no tickles no doctor". So much for us all lying and saying 'it's just going to tickle'. Now he thinks ticking will hurt and has a negative association with the word.
Anyway, reading about killing time in the office DS had been quite strategic in trying to get us to leave. He won't take his coat off, tries to open the door...says over and over 'go home, go home'. When that doesn't work he has begun on our last two visits to the allergist to yell loudly 'i go pee, I go pee' . I calmly try to tell him that he doesn't need to go pee, he just went and that we aren't going to leave. So then he has begun to yell 'I go poop, I go poop'. :lol: The waiting room is TINY and always full, now people think what a horrible mom, her toddler is telling her he has to go to the bathroom and she won't take him. He is very well aware the bathroom is out of the office and down the hall, that in his head means he is able to leave. He's no fool....neither is this mommy! :D
After the visit he is happy as a clam leaving and doesn't mention again having to go to the bathroom. :roll:

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:36 pm 
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It is NO fun when they are little like that! Until recently, I had to wear a specific top. It was white muslin and someone had embroidered all over it with bright wool...like a sampler. Anyway, dd insisted I wear it as it gave her something to focus on.

Our allergist has a washroom in his office-probably for the exact reason you stated!

Guided imagery and deep breathing. Try to relax and picture another time/place. Fill in as much detail as possible. Instead of the doctors office, imagine it's summer and your atthe beach, lying on your towel. You can feel the heat from the sand coming through the towel and you can hear the waves going back and forth...
What does the air smell like? Can you hear a seagul? Remember that time we went to the beach and made a castle....

http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechn ... magery.htm

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 1:36 am 
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Awwww poor little guy. My kids haven't had that many skin prick tests to dislike the allergist, but this is precisely why we are behind on DS's vaccinations (plus I was trying to spread them out a bit).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:59 am 
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We're done to every 2nd year now. This time she was tested for all tree nuts, next time he'll test her for legumes. It would have been too many pricks otherwise.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
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Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:41 pm 
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at least your children are with you. I remember being little 5 or 6 I was in the hospital (as usual was in there so much as a child, asthma) and they did allergy tests on me. No item was spared. I was put on a bed tied down with straps and they did them all over my back. I could cry for the little me still I remember it like it was yesterday. With my head to the side I remember the tears falling sideways on the pillow as I silently cried and the nurse said to me it will be o.k. Looking for the smilie that has tears, wow it still hurts today. :cry: :cry:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:46 pm 
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I was put on a bed tied down with straps and they did them all over my back.
:frightened

Oh Paige, I don't even know what to say. :huggy

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4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:58 pm 
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Dr's were Gods back then, remember them endorsing smoking for it's calming affects?
Children were seen and not heard at best.

I am so thankful things have changed!

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Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:05 pm 
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I would agree we as parents today question things and get second opinions. In my parents day they just did what they were told. Being that I spent so much time in the hospital as a child and going through things there on my own it has made me decide to ALWAYS be there with my children. My son did have allergy tests when he was four and I was so glad to be there with him the whole way. Nothing takes care of things better than the comfort of mom/dads arms, lap, and presence. I did find the worst part was the test for cold. I felt so mean as I held the ice cube against his skin. So glad when it was over.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:33 am 
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Oh my goodness, that is just heartbreaking. Since becoming a parent, I find my sympathy for children in (physical or emotional) pain has increased dramatically. . . .

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