Updated “About Me”
I don’t like to cook or bake or do anything with several ingredients. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know why. I am just lazy I guess. I do love to eat, and try to new things, and travel, and go out, and all of the “normal” things that people usually like to do. But, I do it “gluten-free” because of Celiac Disease. Does it suck? Of course, but not all the time. I have found great pizza, beer, cake, and restaurants that I trust. I am always looking for the latest cool thing, and when I find it, I try to remember to blog about it. I usually forget though.
I am a Tech at a local hospital, and I just graduated nursing school! I stay so busy that it is hard to find time to do, well, anything. I am also a contributer to Delight gluten free Magazine www.delightgfmagazine.com and chairwoman for the Boulder County Celiacs. I love science and medicine, and have a new-found intrest in food because of celiac disease. I am a certified pharmacy technician (C.Ph.T.), a certified nursing assistant (C.N.A.), and I have a certificate in the Pracitical Application of Food Allergy Guidelines. I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, National Pharmacy Technician Association, Boulder County Celiacs, Denver Metro Celiacs, Alamo Celiac Group, and several other organizations and groups. That doesn’t really qualify me to do anything, but if you wanted to know, then there you go
For the record, unless I cite sources or something, this blog is my opinion, and is pretty much unofficial. I welcome healthy debate, but nasty people can go elsewhere (I won’t say where).
And, by the way, I don’t put google ads or any other kinds of ads on my page for a reason; I AM NOT TRYING TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF YOU! I blog because I like to, and because I wish I would have been able to find more restaurant info when I was first diagnosed. Enjoy my blog, for free
Celiac Disease Diagnosis Story (written in 2006)
I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in December 2005. This is a genetic autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine and your bodie’s nutrition. The treatment is a gluten free diet.
I was having severe GERD and wanted to stop eating the foods that caused the reflux, instead of just taking all of the meds I was prescribed (Reglan, Aciphex, and Nexium). I knew there had to be a food connection. I read about the ALCAT test in Figure Magazine and went to see an allergy specalist about it. He told me that I should try the elimination diet (and that the blood tests were not worth the money.) The elemination diet takes MONTHS and is often subjective, because it is up to you to monitor ALL POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS and keep track of what make you feel sick. I decided to get the ALCAT test anyway, and I am SO glad that I did!
My ALCAT results showed gluten, gliadin, sweet potato, almonds, whey, casien, and several other foods. The instructions were to cut out all of those foods for a month, and then reintroduce them on a rotation basis. When I reintroduced gluten (had pasta for lunch one day) my intestines shut down and I passed out in the mall and was taken to the ER! The doc said there were no bowel sounds, and that everything had shut down, and I had a gluten intolerance, and needed to quit eating gluten (based on the fact that I had been gluten free for a month, and this was my reaction to eating a bowl of pasta!)
I went home and researched gluten intolerance. I found Celiac.com. I read about Celiac Disease and the symptoms. I had most of the symptoms, except the “thin and malnourished” one! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to talk to my doc about it because I was afraid he would laugh in my face! I read about EnteroLab in Dallas, TX and their gluten intolerance tests. I ordered one of those, and the genetic testing. When I got the positives back from that (including 2 Celiac genes!) I took them to my doc. Turns out there was a Celiac Blood Panel that he could run! Who Knew?
After everything was done and tested I found out that my paternal grand-mother was diagnosed with Non-Tropical Sprue before the passed away. She died very young, just 40 years old, from stomach cancer, with holes in her intestines.
I still struggle with the idea that I can’t have my favorite foods. But as soon as I have something with gluten in it, I get so sick, I realize quickly that it is not worth it, and that this is not all in my head! I hate feeling different, and having to request special food and special treatment. I want to be just like everyone else, but when I do, I get sick, and I learn (again) that I can’t do that to myself.