Ah, well, that wasn't so bad. But they didn't do the blood test which is
what I had been led to understand they were going to do - they did the
"let's scratch your back with different stuff and see what the results
are".

I have four allergies, graded on a scale of 0-4:

* Maple Trees (Score: 2)
* Mesquite Trees (Score: 2)
* Cats (Score: 3)
* Dust Mites - Fannae (Score: 4)
* Dust Mites - Pteronysoniss (Score: 4p)

I have no idea what the 'p' means on the last one, but I guess it was the
one that the reaction was most severe - maybe beyond a 4 on their scale.

I also am borderline asthmatic - not so much that I need to be treated,
but it's something the doctor wants to watch. I did a test on a
spirometer (basically, you inhale and exhale into a tube as fast as you
can and they measure how much air moves and how fast), both before and
after a double-dose of albuterol. The albuterol helped, apparently.

So now I've got a ton of medications to treat the symptoms. The
Albuterol, Nasonex, Advair, Allegra, some kind of eye drops (we pick up
the prescriptions tomorrow as the computers were down in our local
pharmacy), and I think one other.

Then I have the option of doing Immunotherapy. Doc wants me to use the
meds for 3 weeks and come back and see how we are, and we can talk about
the immunotherapy then. Shots twice a week for 2-3 months, once a week
for 3 months, and then a shot once every 1-4 weeks depending on the
progress over the next 3+ years.

Ugh.

But at the same time, it's likely if I go for the immunotherapy, the
problem could be resolved permanently, and I like that idea. I think if
the insurance covers it, I'm going to do it.

Needless to say, my back still itches some, I suppose I could go and take
a couple benedryl before going to bed.

All in all, positive results though; I was surprised that I have no grass
or pollen allergies, no mold allergies, and no weeds. I had guessed
cottonwood and ragweed would have hit me, but nope, no reaction at all on
those.

Jim