Pearls and Dreams
I spent today doing a lot of websurfing. I was trying to find out why they won't test me once and for all for latex allergy.
I have found that there is a good reason. I'm taking 3000 mgs of Cellcept & 5 mg of prednisone. Both of which, are immunosuppressants. Both decrease my immune system putting me at risk for infections (which, if you've been reading me since I started, is why I get sick so easy. I more than likely don't take the precautions I should in germ protection. I know I don't isolate myself like my friends sister who had the heart transplant but takes less Cellcept & prednisone than I do.)
So, they won't do allergy testing of any kind because allergies are an over reaction to some kind of substance. Suppress the immune system, you don't have the antibodies to show up in the lab work and you get a false negative test.
Ok ... I get that ... so what I want to know is ..if it can give me a fals negative test ..then how the heck can I have allergies?
Would the Cellcept & prednisone, in theory, also prevent me from reacting to the Pear tree that's about to show it's leaf and make me sick? Shouldn't it keep me from reacting to latex? I mean, if it suppresses the antibodies to show a false negative lab test, then shouldn't it suppress the antibodies so that you don't have a reaction at all?
(ok, so I'm not in remission from MG or lupus either one, and theoretically if the above would work the MG and lupus antibodies should be non existant too ..and they're not but don't spoil my logic with logic!)
I guess, until they show me in black and white that I have a latex allergy, some where in my brain, I'm going to believe John Stossel (or whomever) instead of the rash on my arm.
I didn't believe the metabolic problems till they found it in the labs either ... and I didn't believe my joint pain was real till the Anti dsDNA came back at 454 and the lupus was confirmed.
Sometimes I wonder if I hadn't seen that very first neurologist who told me nothing was wrong, I just needed to stop being a baby about being a new mother ... I wonder ... would I believe my body before I see it objectivly on the lab work?