So, I went for my food allergy test today. I made an appointment in advance for 2pm, (last week already). When I got there with my already filled in form, the receptionist told me that the nurses were still on rounds in the hospital and would be back soon. I think “still in the wards” is code for on lunch. So I sat there and watched the waiting room fill up. I felt a bit nervous because it filled up with old people and a pregnant woman.
After twenty minutes a nurse was there, my form was first, and I got called into a little room. When she looked at my form and saw that I was there for a skin test, she told me that another nurse would do the test. I went to sit back down in the waiting room. I watched the other impatient patients go into the room one by one. I other heard the receptionist calling “my nurse” asking her where she was, because there was a skin test that was supposed to happen at two. I later hear another employee that the nurse was still not back from lunch! Last time I checked the time it was 14:45 ! Eventually she arrived and we started the test.
The test works like this. You stick out the insides of your bare arms. The nurse sticks a piece of tape on each arm and makes marks with a marker in increments of about 1 cm. Next to the marks she writes the numbers of each food item being testing. She then drops a clean liquid, from each little corresponding numbered bottles, next to the tape, onto your skin. One of the drops is pure histamine (allergen) and another is antihistamine, these are the control tests. She then takes a blade thingy and pricks your skin with it. It doesn’t really hurt, but some parts of the arm feels more sensitive. It looks worse than it feels. Then you have to sit with your arms like that for 15 minutes. After the test you get some ointment to out on your arms.
The result: MILK. I’m lactose intolerant.
Yay I get to eat wheat and corn again. I will probably have pizza this weekend before I cut out dairy in earnest again.