Today we took him to the allergist for the prick test, and Martin and I were SO nervous about it. I had the prick test done a few years ago and the doctor pricked my back with about 36 allergens, and it wasn't pleasant. I wasn't having good memories of my experience. BUT, Micah, on the other hand, did amazing. The allergist was so great, I think it was one of the best doctor's visits we have ever had (besides the fact they made us wait a long time and we were there for 2 hours total). The nurse pressed 16 panels into his back at one time, and they felt like the end of a toothpick. Micah did not even cry!!! I was so amazed by him! He watched a video during the 20 minute wait for the results, and lo and behold, he has a moderate allergy to dust mites, mold, weed and tree pollen. BUT, that is only half of the story.
The doctor wants him seen by an ear, nose and throat specialist, because she believes that he possibly has large adenoids that have made for his repeated ear infections and runny nose. That issue would only make his allergy symptoms worse than they would normall be. He has to go in for an X-ray this week and then he'll see another specialist in the next few weeks.
I still fight the urge to not feel guilty that I didn't take him in sooner, but Martin reminded me that he's only 3 1/2 so we tried to catch it as early as we could. It appears that this type of problem runs in my family, with my dad, my brother and I all needing tubes in our ears and tonsillectomies at young ages. I'm hoping that won't be what he needs after seeing the ENT.
Anyway, that's the update; thanks to all of you who knew we were going through this and praying!