Life gets a little crazy at our house sometimes, and the younger children tend to consume more of my listening moments and there are times when my oldest, quietest children who are content to sit and read for hours need my uninterrupted attention. So we were all looking forward to Isaac and Stephen’s trip to the allergy doctor and our lunch out afterwards. The younger children looked forward to it as well–they got to go to Gran’s house.
The allergy doctor was long. They did breathing tests and skin tests. We didn’t bother to test for food allergies since we have most of those figured out. We did test for environmental allergies. I went from room to room as they laid flat for their 20 minutes and watched the whelps on their backs grow bigger and bigger. It took a good 10 minutes for the nurses to measure them all. I asked if there was any place that wasn’t supposed to be red and raised. The nurse showed me one spot–the control–that showed what a negative result looked like. That was the only spot that looked like that. My dear boys are allergic to trees, grass, weeds, molds, dust mites, cats, dogs, horses…We discussed allergy shots which we will start soon. Unfortunately they are allergic to so much that they will have to get four shots at a time to cover them all.
We spent part of our time at the doctor discussing where we would go to eat. We finally decided on Waffle House. They had never eaten there, since when they were little their egg allergy eliminated most of the menu and by the time they outgrew that we were a big enough family that we didn’t really fit in Waffle House well. I happened to mention to our waitress it was their first visit and she rolled out the red carpet. They were brought hats and buttons and they even cut their waffles in the shape of Mickey Mouse and added whipped cream. They enjoyed themselves very much and asked if we couldn’t do this once a week. As an extra treat we also went to Dairy Queen for ice-cream. How they managed to eat anything else after their waffles I don’t know. But they did.