Just got the call from the allergist’s office… E2’s RAST test for coffee has come back negative! She is (probably*) not allergic to coffee!!! I am over the moon!!!
And I’d love to natter more about it, but I gotta go. It’s been three weeks since those hives appeared on her belly and I’ve had not one sip of coffee since. So I am out of here and off to the coffee shop for a well-deserved — and long delayed — cup o’ Joe!
*Now, this joyous news was of course delivered with that standard warning that RAST tests do not actually confirm the existance or non-existance of an allergy — they only indicate the likelihood of an allergy. So, it is possible for a person to have a negative RAST result but still, in fact, have the allergy. And vice versa: it’s possible to have a positive RAST result (even a very high result) and be able to eat the food with no allergic symptoms. RAST tests are like that — simultaneously helpful, confusing, and frustrating.
But the negative RAST is a strong indication — an almost surefire indication — that E2 is not allergic to coffee. Which is great news! And also ever-so-slightly concerning… because something caused those hives and now we don’t know what did. Continued vigilance and caution, advised the allergist’s office. Yes, I agreed.