Recently, my daughter has become allergic to water.
No, not really.
But she started breaking out in hives whenever she went in our community pool last summer. It doesn't happen in the pool where she has swim lessons, so I figured it was too much chloride. But then she started summer camp a couple of weeks ago, and she breaks out in hives at the beach and even during a trip to a water park.
I called her pediatrician and they recommended Zyrtec. Which helps only slightly. So then they suggested allergy testing to figure out what's wrong and how to treat it.
We got a referral to their allergy clinic. I explained the situation.
Receptionist: "We can't test her if she's been on any antihistamines in the last week."
Me: "Oh man. We just gave her one on Thursday."
Receptionist: "Oh. So it's going to be a whole week until we can do it. And you can't give her any more."
Me: "Fine. We can wait."
Receptionist: "Okay, so, our first appointment is.... September 1."
Me: ".... But the whole summer will be over by then."
Receptionist: "Well, it will be useful information for next summer."
First of all, why did they ask me if she'd had any antihistamines this week if they were booking two months ahead??? Just to torture me? Second, I feel like all specialists have zero appointments within a two-month window. So if you have any urgent need for a specialist, then... I guess you're just shit out of luck.
It sucks that my daughter has like three water-related trips per week at camp and every single one of them makes her break out in itchy hives, and she can't be seen by an allergist until the summer is over. I'd probably be even more pissed off if I actually thought the allergist would be able to do anything to help her.