SUCK IT UP. It's my site and I will talk about farts and wheat if I want to.
This week has been a bit of an eye opener for me. Celiac disease in my own home is relatively easy. Sure, I sometimes want to bury my face in flour and breathe deeply, but that could happen to anyone. For the most part, I make good food for me and am a responsible Gluten-holic. I can't have it, but I want it desperately. I behave, but only because I know if I don't, it will hurt me.
This week, I've been at a conference. One where I did not have time nor place to tell them I could not eat gluten. One that has served meals of pancakes (breakfast), pasta (lunch on Thurs), pirogies (lunch on Friday -- I always thought it was spelled perogies?) and snacks of cookies and pecan pie.
I came awful close to attacking people for what was on their plates. I talked to the wait staff and the chef has been amazing enough to make me special meals. He's been a dream and the serving staff have been awesome. PS, the Saskatoon Radisson rocks. Even though their sleep beds suck, but they can't help that.
However, on Thursday night, unbeknown to me, I got some gluten in something at a local restaurant. The one who swore that item was gluten free. Not so much, but what can you do?
Well, what I can do is be thankful I had a room alone.
Now, today I felt a ton better and I started talking to a couple of like minded souls about our bowels. It lead me to think about how grateful I am for this diagnosis and the things I had which I do not have any longer. Without futher ado, I give you the list!
Bold is what I had. Striked is what I no longer have. After 20 ish days!!! Get ready to have TMI!!!
Signs & Symptoms of Celiac Disease*
Alopecia (I don't know what this means. UPDATE: It means hair loss. Nope!)
Anemias, especially iron and folic (working on this!)
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases
Cerebral and cerebellar atrophy
Chronic fatigue (getting better, now I just can't sleep!)
Chronic liver disease
Dental enamel defects (permanent damage)
infertility (scariest possibility)
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Low Vitamin A
Low Vitamin D
Low Vitamin K
Obesity (well, I'm "overweight" so says Wii, but I'm getting better!)
Obstructive pulmonary disease
Osteoporosis (on my way, but putting a stop to it!)
Retarded motor development
Single generalized seizures
Spontaneous, low-impact fractures
Systemic lupus erythematosus
White-matter brain lesions
Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Gluten Sensitivity
Sinus congestion, post-nasal drip
Joint and muscle aches
Unexplained Chronic Fatigue
Increased liver enzymes
Frequent canker sores
*Info from glutendoctors.com
This is the greatest thing for me. The pain is going away. If I keep this up, I will not be in pain except for rare occasions rather than all the time. It keeps me going.
It keeps me from killing small children for their chicken fingers. And that is all that matters.