Aleck has had more frequent coughing spells so we saw an allergist a few weeks ago. Sinus x-rays show severe chronic sinusitis. Although Aleck wasn’t able to perform the pulmonary function test to definitively diagnosis asthma, the chest x-rays are suspicious for asthma.
Aleck underwent allergy testing today. I wasn’t sure that he could lay still on his stomach for 20 minutes without scratching, but he did great. I bought the movie Toy Story 3, and we watched it during the testing and it helped distract him from the itching. Before the doctor came back in the room to look at Aleck’s back, I knew that he was having a severe reaction to many things. His back turned red and welts appeared all over his back. He wanted to scratch and I had to hold him but thankfully, he didn’t fight me. He is allergic to mold, dust mites, peanuts, and most seasonal pollens. No wonder he gets allergic shiners, red circles under his eyes, when we play outside on windy days.
He starts nasal allergy medicine as well as an asthma inhaler. He also has a 10-day course of antibiotics to get rid of his sinus infection.
When I think about how I hate sinus headaches, the thought that Aleck has had a chronic sinus infection breaks my heart. I am so thankful that we know what has been causing Aleck’s chronic illnesses and I pray that he responds well to the medications and life changes that we make.
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