Ch-Ch-Changes, part deux.

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Recently, I posted something about changes going on in my life, talking about signing my kids up for school. The Oldest Kidlet at a new school for kindergarten, and the Little Kidlet for preschool.

Well, there’s a lot going on! This week I went to the doctor for some intestinal issues I’d been having. TMI, I know- but I’d had a gurgly stomach, cramping and obviously I’ve been fatigued. I put up with it for awhile, making sure that no organs were tender (I’m not an idiot). I’d had this pop up about a year ago, and my last doctor thought it might be IBS, and if it was stress-related, then there wasn’t much I could do about it.

Then, I was reading Wil Wheaton’s blog, which had a guest post from his mom. Talking about Celiac Disease. Being that I have a son with a wheat allergy and am part of a few communities where there are lots of people with CD, I dutifully went to google it because some of the commenters on the post sounded well… a lot like me. I wasn’t sure it was celiac disease, mostly because I wasn’t being hospitalized- but it certainly made me wonder if I was having gluten issues.

So I started documenting the timing of my cramps, and what I ate… and it seemed pretty clear cut to me. I went to the doctor, and he immediately ruled out IBS because of my notes about the timing (as well as the fact that I’d had some tuna salad, and nothing else, for lunch before the appointment. My bowels were dead quiet). I asked if they wanted to do a blood draw to confirm, and he said that because of my family history (Seester was allergic to wheat), my age, and my extremely thorough documentation he was comfortable having me try a gluten free diet to see if it solves my problem.

I’ve seen a lot of my friends go on gluten-free diets, and immediately become overwhelmed. Because my sister was allergic to wheat (though she could have rye and barley), and because I’m used to paring down the Little Kidlet’s diet… I’m pretty comfortable with what options are out there. I also knew that there are a lot of gluten-free options. Which I wouldn’t have any problem eating since gluten was my only restriction.

Luckily it coincided with our second shopping day. Yes, I shop for food twice a week. Living in a house with 8 people, there is a definite limit to how much food you can keep- even with two fridges. So I bought some supplies, and here I am.

Even already the cramps are gone. Hopefully, as time passes this will help fix some of the other problems that the doctor thinks is linked to this- my fatigue, and even my anemia. (Hard to get your iron when your body doesn’t want to absorb many nutrients)

I’m excited. Gluten-free brings a lot of new challenges, baking wise… and all this happens just as the Little Kidlet has decided that he wants baked goods. In the past, I’d slave on allergen-free cupcakes or pancakes only to have him snub them. But in the past week, he’s been decidedly sad that he couldn’t join in on pizza or have cookies.

And trust me, gluten-free feels like a piece of cake when you’re used to regularly making meals for someone who can’t have wheat, eggs, peanut and soy. So I’m sure I’ll share some successes and failures here.

  • Audrey

    I don’t do any grain or legumes and am allergic to soy, dairy, walnuts, xanthan gum and have to always avoid gluten for my fibro-myalgia. Also no potatoes or corn. I know how challenging it can be. Luckily the grain and legumes are a choice. I follow the Paleo Diet. So when out and about if I avoid the “allergy items” I can function. More and more places are doing GF menus and most will let you bring in your own bread to put your burger/sandwich fillings in.

  • Whitney

    That’s definitely something I’ll have to look for! I hadn’t heard about places allowing you to bring your own bread… I’d just heard horror stories from ‘net friends of mine with laundry lists of allergies about dining out.