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Josie’s Allergies

While we were in Hawaii, Josie’s allergies kicked in. She’s been on Allegra since the beginning of March. Last fall we switched her to Allegra and the allergist said if that doesn’t work add Singular. Well, of course it stops working while we are gone.

By the time we came home, she missed two days and was sent home by 10am on our first day back. Adding the Singular was too late at this point. We went to the doctor, knowing the allergist would be a week to get into. We added a steroid with the singular. It helped a little, but you could tell she was struggling. This last week, we went to the allergist to find out Josie is not only congested, but having trouble breathing. She did a lung test and failed it miserably. After getting two puffs from a nebulizer inhaler, her lung capacity increased by 24%. Anything higher than 10% is considered good. The allergist said, “Josie is one tough cookie! I don’t know how she has been running on a soccer field and not complaining or gasping for air.”

Two days later, the poor kid got a sinus infection!

Josie is now on Xyzal allergy medicine, two puffs of an inhaler in the morning and at night, eye drops, nose spray, singular, benedryl (hoping after tonight we can stop this!), a rescue inhaler (for the first week, she had to use it every 4 hours, now she uses as needed.), we’ve also added essential oils in a defuser and in roll-on bottles to apply on her skin.

Josie really is a trooper. You can tell she isn’t herself, but her outlook is good. She keeps saying I’m happy we have a plan. I can’t wait to feel better. In July, we will attempt to take her off her allergy medicines for one week to do blood tests. We need to see if this happened to be a bad season or if we need to go on shots. I feel so bad for Josie Girl. I hate seeing my kiddos struggle. I hope she starts to feel better soon!

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