The Good news is that Brody was quite happy with the way things turned out at the In-Office Food Challenge today.
The Bad news is that Brody failed the skin prick test and is very much still allergic to almonds.
The Ugly news is that Brody was prescribed yet another medication for his allergies/eczema/asthma. I believe this brings the total of medications in his daily arsenal up to about 12. Ack!! You wouldn't even want to know how much we spend on prescription co-pays every month between both boys and myself!
So why was Brody happy about the outcome today? Because for the past several weeks he has been terrified of the thought of actually eating a nut since his entire life we have driven the fact into his brain that he is deathly allergic to all tree nuts. I honestly really had no idea how we were going to manage to get him to even put a teeny-tiny bit of almond in his mouth today. But it turned out the skin prick test was positive after all, so that was the end of the the IOFC. Dr. Gern actually said it was an "iffy positive" and that Brody probably had a 50/50 chance of having an allergic reaction. I told him I didn't like those odds and he agreed wholeheartedly. He then mentioned that maybe in a year or 2 we could probably try again...to which Brody chimed in and said "how about 5 or 6 years instead"! =)
The only reason I had hoped Brody would pass the almond challenge was because it would have been another good source of protein and healthy fats for him, plus the thought of adding almonds to cookies and other goodies sounds awful tasty to me! Oh well, we've lived 8 years without any nuts. I suppose it really doesn't matter at this point!