Monday was rainy beyond rainy. It had poured most of the weekend and it was not letting up. Hunter had major cabin fever and I was not looking forward to the prospect of a whole day locked inside with two kids, so I said I’d take them to the shopping centre, where Hunter likes to play on the climbing frame in the kids’ section.
When we got there it occurred to me that the doctor’s office is in that centre and since we were there anyway, we should stop in and get Hunter’s blood test results. I asked at reception and the receptionist said we’d need to wait in line to see the doctor. I explained that it was just an allergy test and it would only take two seconds for the doctor to tell us the result if she could just phone her. I also explained that last time we came in we were there for three hours and I really didn’t want to do that again.
No go, as expected. I asked how many people were already waiting to see our doctor. Eight. She pulled Hunter’s file and told us to “come back in an hour…no wait, better make it a bit longer than that”.
So we went off and Hunter played on the climbing equipment. Then we went to the parents’ room where I attempted to feed Hugo (waste of time. the boy’s head was spinning like something from the exorcist – far too much to see). Then I got lunch for Hunter and myself. Then, an hour and a half after we first went in, we called back into the doctor’s surgery. Still two people ahead of us.
We found some other play equipment and that occupied Hunter for 15 minutes. After that we headed back to the waiting area, where Hunter repeated her performance of last week: yelling, making rude comments, throwing herself on the floor. The usual.
After all that, we finally went in for the doctor to tell us the test was negative. No allergy to soy detected. It’s what I expected since she had a negative result on the skin prick test last year. It kind of felt like we had endured two trips to the doctor for nothing.
We don’t know what caused the hives but the doctor is not very concerned. She said she didn’t want to label Hunter allergic to soy with no evidence that she is, and I agree. She said it would be okay to try her on some small amounts of soy, and I agree with that, too.
We haven’t yet, but I am sure there is sushi in our future.