So, the allergist was a bit baffled at the results of the skin tests. He really expected to see different results. Because of this, he ordered a total of nine blood tests to be done. A couple of them are to confirm some of the allergies that showed up. One is to test for Valley Fever, which he is pretty sure will be positive. The other is to finally get a "real" test for Lupus, which he will also not be surprised at a positive result after looking at how swollen my fingers and wrists were yesterday. He also ordered a test to check for antibodies to confirm if I ever actually had shingles. He really wants to know if that really was shingles that put me in the hospital two years ago or if we have been barking up the wrong tree all this time. I'm not sure what the other tests are for, but that's enough for now.
Even though my allergy tests showed I am allergic to pretty much the entire outdoors for ten months out of the year, he didn't prescribe or even recommend a daily allergy medication. I'm not having any of the symptoms that go along with those allergies typically, so the medication may not help. He's waiting until the blood tests come back to see if there is something else that is causing the reactions to the pollen.
He did ask me to stay away from onion, tomato, and citrus fruit altogether, but I only have to worry about the foods themselves. I don't have to read labels and look for hidden ingredients. Just the obvious foods. So, no more pizza or chilli for me. WHAT am I going to request for my birthday dinner now? Since I can remember (age ten at the very least), I have had lasagna or chilli on my birthday.
Finally, I am VERY allergic to cats and should not sit on couches where cats have been hanging out. It looks like I'll be sitting at my parents' dining room table for now when we visit, until he decides what to do after reviewing the blood tests. The only other thing that I had more of a reaction to than cats was parakeet feathers. What a strange thing to test for and to react to. He said I should not get a pet bird of any kind.