|Another visit down!|
This visit, like the rest, started with weight/height measurements and the application of numbing cream on both her arms. She then had to spit in a tube (her least favorite part of the visit) and sit through a skin prick test. This test is no longer as uncomfortable as it used to be. The skin reactions are now minimal, and her back doesn't itch near as much.
|Abigail's doctor marking where the skin will be pricked.|
|Final results. Some swelling at highest dosage (on top left).|
Minimal swelling at the remaining pricks.
So, what's next? Daily drops, a report on Abigail's IgE results from this visit and a 6 month lab appointment in January 2012. Starting in December of this year, the first participants in our trial will be starting their end of study food challenges. When we go back to Duke in January, we'll be updated on those results. Then in June, Abigail will have her food challenge. If she can tolerate it, she'll be given the equivalent of 20 peanuts. Assuming there are no issues, and I'm not expecting any (she tolerated the full 10 peanuts at her food trial last year), we'll be asked to not give her the drops or any peanut product. After 6 weeks, she'll be given a food challenge again to see if she can continue to tolerate the 20 peanuts. If so, we'll then introduce small amounts of peanut into her diet and/or continue the drops. That's yet to be determined. And, just as important, if she tests negative again to tree nuts, I'll be able to again purchase products manufactured in facilities using tree nuts. Even better, her doctor felt she'd be able to pick up a can of any type of tree nuts and just munch.
While a year seems so far away for Abigail, I look back at how quickly the last 2 years have flown by, and how much progress she's made. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the study. What will I blog about then?