Christopher's Battle With Severe Allergies
Organized by: Joy and Paul Profitt
When Chris was two he had his first anaphylactic reaction at Chuck E Cheese. Thank goodness the ER was only two miles down the road. I was performing CPR on him as we pulled in. After a battery of allergy tests it was determined he had a severe poultry allergy. So no turkey, chicken, or bird of any kind. Over the years more allergies begin to present themselves. We have spent countless hours in the ER and hospital. He has had three surgeries. We recently started seeing a new allergist who recommended allergy shots for Chris. It won't cure him but will lessen the severity of the reactions he does have. Grass, mold, cats, beef, pork, and milk are just a few things that the most recent allergy test confirmed. It's heartbreaking not to let your eight year old boy roll in the grass or pet a cat because it literally could kill him. Due to the new "changes" in our healthcare insurance, these shots are not covered. His epi-pens alone run over five hundred dollars and if we have to use more than two a month, we have to pay the cost of the refill. And we have no choice, he has to have these. The allergy shots are $250. And he has to have them every week. For a minimum of six years if they do what they are supposed to do. It's a two hour round trip for us every week. My husband and I have five children and this is just not possible for us to do. It breaks my heart not being able to provide my son with a treatment that could drastically improve his quality of life. Besides donations we are also asking for any information about programs or doctors who may work with us at a lower cost. Any help is greatly appreciated.