Zax and I participated in a food allergy research study last week!
As studies go, it was quite simple. We gave some preliminary medical history over the phone so the doctor could decide if he wanted our blood. Once he decided that he did, we came in. From there, it was a simple questionnaire about our allergic history and a blood draw. Easy Peezy!
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Zax has never been all that good with needles, so I started prepping him a few days before. I told him that the study doctor wanted to try to figure out why people have allergies, and since we do, our blood can help him figure that out. I also told him that maybe someday the information the doctor learns from our blood might help find a cure. Zax needed the word “cure” defined, and as soon as I finished doing that he exclaimed “I want that!” This still makes me smile.
We had to do our blood draws in different places. The study was through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, but they only draw blood for people 12 and up there. The study accepts kids as young as 6 with peanut or tree nut allergies (Kal is still too young to participate) so they shuttled us over to Children’s Hospital for that.
Once we got over to Children’s, they gave Zax some numbing cream on the crook of his elbows–both sides, just in case they had trouble with the first side.
I was anticipating having to help hold him still because of how he’s been with shots, but he did GREAT! I held his hand while the nurse put the actual needle into him, but after that he allowed me to let go so I could take pictures of him.
I came over to rub his back a few times, but he was absolutely fine. The only thing he complained about was the tightness of the tourniquet. I was so proud of my little superhero! I don’t know if it was the early prep, the numbing cream, the fact that he knew he was helping people and trying to find a cure, or just that he’s getting older, but this is definitely the best that I’ve ever seen him around needles. I love my brave kid!
We were very happy to help contribute to this! Have you ever participated in a research study?
As a matter of fact, this study is still looking for participants. They have enough controls (non-allergy people) but if you’re in Colorado and have a peanut or tree nut allergy, or know anybody who fits that criteria, I hope you will consider participating!
Here’s the info, if you are interested: