Well, my immunologist sent me home without the allergy testing today.
That cold bug I mentioned? I knew I had a cough and some phlegm, but apparently my lungs are worse than I'd realized. When I was there a week ago, my lung function test said I was at 102 percent of normal (which isn't even my best). Today, I was at 72 percent of normal.
They gave me a nebulizer treatment and my lung function improved to 92 percent of normal, but Dr. DeMerell said my lungs were still wheezy and he didn't want to risk a serious reaction to the allergy test when my lungs were already compromised.
So I'm officially back on 20 mg of Prednisone a day for the next week, and he put me back on Advair 500/50. (Three weeks ago, he didn't think I needed that strong of a dose and lowered me to the 250/50 dose. He also questioned repeatedly if I really had asthma and had been diagnosed by a doctor. Today, he stopped questioning that.)
Assuming my lungs are in better shape next week, I'll go back to his office next Wednesday for the vaccine allergy testing again.
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