A couple of weeks ago I had a regular appointment with my asthma doc. You know the one that yells at me regularly when I do stupid shit. It is in her job description (at least I think so.) Anyway, we started having a discussion about my asthma, grad school, and how all of my papers have something to do on the impacts to respiratory issues. That’s when she brought up the idea of immunotherapy (aka: allergy shots).
“There are no upper or lower limits to the effectiveness to shots, you know?”
I told her that I hadn’t considered it because her predecessor had said in adults they were only 25% effective. She quickly dismissed this, told me to look at some of the studies, and then said that if I was interested we’d have to do a new round of allergy testing as my last test was 10 years old.
“Honestly, at your age your asthma should be stable. It’s not.”
We covered the protocol required for me to have the allergy testing done and scheduled it for the following week.
If you’ve never had allergy testing done before, it starts with numbering of your back followed by a series of “scratches” done on your back with various items that folks are notoriously allergic to (cats, dogs, various trees, dust, etc). Then anything that shows some signs of reaction, but not enough to make a definitive call , they then stick more serum under your skin to see how it reacts.
I shared these pictures with a friend of mine.
“Ok, so what are you allergic to?” they inquired. I rattled off all of the things. They were appalled. “Wait, aren’t you a trail runner?”
“Don’t you do Spartan Races and CrossFit?!”
Pretty sure that is my asthma docs feelings on the whole thing too. Now we wait for my serum to be developed. Hopefully, this will help because I am not about to give up any fun outside.