Friday, August 6, 2010

I just did a "class IV dairy allergy challenge"!

My blood test results came back! Milk allergy reaction used to be 40 and now it's a 17 IgE which is a Class 4.Under 35 IgE means I can do the baked milk study at Baltimore Children's Hospital. The Dr. in Allergic Living magazine said we could just try it so we did.

We bought dairy and brought it into our dairy-free home!!!
We just baked 1gm of nonfat Carnation Nestle milk powder into one cupcake at 350 for 30 minutes and I just ATE HALF!
I tried dairy! My grandmother would have loved this!

I did this about an hour ago and started sneezing and took 1 Benedryl and it's all getting better. 11 sneezes, puffy eyes, and runny nose.

So I don't know what this means. We're gonna' have to research to see if we call it a day on this whole thing or we do something with my cheddar levels at 8. Back to the drawing board.

I am REALLY allergic to dairy which usually isn't too big a deal as long as I am in charge of managing it. I eat before parties, leave the room when I see dairy, leave a party when the cake is cut, don't go in my lunchroom in school, and have only reacted from a handshake once. We have as many parties as we can at our house with huge, amazing non-dairy cakes.  I am grateful for my family and friends who have my back and wash their hands and mouth before playing with me.

World travel is easy if you're not a picky eater. I ate pasta in Paris (from a bakery and from the Auto Center and a 100 yr old toy museum and at a restaurant on peacock island) and EVERYTHING in Japan because it has a lot of non-dairy options. We are planning trips to Montreal, Italy and India and going to stay in a place that has it's own kitchen so we can cook at home and eat out Chinese food.  My family is vegetarian but I was raised to eat everything when everybody found out I was allergic to dairy so I would have more ways to get protein.

I hope sharing my experiences helps other people with food allergies or if you have family or friends that are allergic to milk I hope this helps. I would love to read your comments.Thanks!

 This book was fun when I was really little. Cody the Allergic Cow: A Children's Story of Milk Allergies 

Allergy-Free Desserts: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free,Soy-free and Nut-free Delights

The Egg, Dairy and Nut Free Cookbook

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