Lately, I haven’t been feeling very well. Since Macadamia was born, let’s just say that bathroom experiences haven’t been a good time. Not that they’re ever a party. Anyway, after 9 months of putting up with this crap (heh), I finally decided to go to the doctor. I mean, going to the doctor to talk about poop isn’t fun. It’s embarrassing. I didn’t even call the TRICARE appointment line, I made it online because I was that embarrassed.
Once at the doctor, I explained my symptoms and she ordered some blood work, an x-ray, and gave me a referral to see a gastroenterologist. After arguing with TRICARE about getting my referral number before getting my letter, I got an appointment to see the specialist off base. Before my appointment, my doctor called to tell me that my celiac test was positive and to let the gastroenterologist to ensure I get a biopsy of my small intestines.
I went to the gastroenterologist, told him about the test and he said “oh well, we’ll see, I need to talk to your doctor first.” He then scheduled me for a colonoscopy (eek!) and I went home. When I arrived at the hospital for my colonoscopy, the doctor told me that we were definitely doing the biopsy. Apparently the normal limit for the blood test I got is 3 and mine came in at 85. He was like 99% sure that the biopsy would come back with a celiac diagnosis. And that starting now, I have to be on a gluten free diet. For life.
And so I freaked out. I love gluten! Okay, I don’t know about that because I didn’t think I ate a lot of gluten. I don’t really eat bread or pasta but come to find out, it’s in my soy sauce, it’s in my gyoza wrappers, it’s in cakes, and doughnuts, and cupcakes. I cried in aisle 9 at Target because they didn’t have gluten free soy sauce and what the heck am I supposed to eat on my rice??
After my husband calmed me down, we went to a health food store and man, thank goodness for the Hipsters because there are so many gluten free options now! I got some panko breading, some soy sauce, and some teriyaki sauce. Hubs has also taken this on full-force. He made dinner the past few nights and really tried to have flavorful meals without missing the gluten and he succeeded.
We also went to the library and picked up some reading. Due to TRICARE being slow AF, I have to wait 2-3 weeks to see a nutritionist and get a better feel for what foods I should be avoiding but this book should help ease some of my anxieties. We don’t know exactly when I “got” celiac but it’s safe to say, it’s been a while due to how inflamed my intestines are. It takes 1-2 years after starting a gluten free diet to calm your intestine down completely so there’s that. But now we know, and who knows, maybe I’ve felt this way for so long, I forgot what feeling “good” feels like and in a few months, I’ll feel amazing.
Do you follow a gluten free diet? What are some of your favorite resources?