Sonya:

Sonya’s immunotherapy is changed.

As we wrote in the past few journal entries, Sonya is feeling better; however, she is still not where we would like her to be with her allergies. Her allergy shots can contain up to 14 allergens and poor Sonya has severe allergies to more than 14 things — one of them being mold.

The proteolytic enzymes can degrade other allergens in the allergy shots, so for them to be added to her shot therapy she would need to receive two shots versus one. There is another option instead of shots. She could have sublingual immunotherapy. Her allergy serum could be formulated to be given under her tongue and that serum could contain up to 20 allergens including one for mold.

Of course, there are always pros and cons to everything. This new formula sounded like it would fit her allergies better, but it has to be given under her tongue twice a day. Her caregivers talked about it and we wanted to give it a try. We were able to have a placebo serum for a week to see how well Sonya would take to it. Surprisingly well was the result. While she does not like oral medications given in squirts, she doesn't seem to mind the bottle with the curved end that sits in the corner of her mouth. The only downside for her is that she can't eat for 10 minutes afterward.

In the morning, the first thing we do is give Sonya her allergy serum so that she can eat in 10 minutes. If we don't, watch out!