Saturday, February 7, 2009

CRAZY WEEK!

So lets talk about this week....
It's been a trip for sure! Lets start at Sunday, and this is a little embarrassing but I will share, as many of you know I had the pleasure of getting my first colonoscopy on Monday, combined with an EDG(not sure what that stands for but they stick a camera down your throat and check out your entire stomach.) Anyways... that began on Sunday, anyone who knows anything about colonoscopys knows the worst part is the prep the day before the procedure, long story short(and not so gross), basically you have to drink 1 gallon of this extremely awful tasting liquid, and let me tell you, it cleans you out. I won't be anymore specific than that but you get the gist of it. So that was my Superbowl Sunday experience, No food, No fun, and the Cards didn't even win, but that's okay.
Moving on to Monday, I had to be at the Dr. by 6:30 am. So Lanny takes me over there, they take me back into this big room where 10 other patients are anxiously awaiting the lovely experience that is about to take place for them, they give me this rather revealing hospital gown to wear, hook me up to a pretty thick IV that goes into my arm, and wheeled me in to the room where the procedure would take place. All I can say is it was a freaky looking set up and all I could think about was how GLAD I was to not have to be coherent for any of the procedure. Has anyone every gone under anesthesia? Well I knew it was coming any minute but they never tell you when, So I was asking the dr all kinds of question, you know me, I like to be informed, and BOOM, I was gone. Before I knew it I had several nurses and my husband in my face telling me I need sit up so they could get me into the wheelchair. I was getting pretty frustrated because the anesthesia made me feel like each limb weighed over 1000 lbs and I was extremely nauseated. Lanny informed me that I repeatedly stated, "I need the anti-nausea, I need the anti-nausea". So after throwing up several times(mind you there is nothing in my stomach), they pumped me full of the anti-nausea and wheeled me to my car. Lanny took me home and put me to bed, I slept the entire day. All in all I would say the procedure wasn't bad, I actually don't remember 1 second of it, thank heavens.
Now I am awake and so it's time to face the outcome of the procedure. Something I didn't want to do. I asked Lanny what the doctor had told him and thankfully I don't have cancer or any life threatening illness, but the doctor did find something. I have................ "Celiac Disease" Since most people don't know what this is so I thought a definition would be helpful:

Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present.

Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease. These proteins are found inALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale and MUST be eliminated.


So there you have it, no more cookies, cakes, bread, and much much more. Gluten is in just about everything. It will be a hard adjustment but I don't have much of a choice. I haven't gotten the biopsy results back yet so its not 100% but there was two other tests done that came back positive. Its strictly fruits and veggies for this gal! More and more restaurants are accommodating this stinky disorder because so many more people are being diagnosed with it these days. Lots of restaurants have gluten free menus and although they aren't nearly as tasty as the real menu, its helpful.

Moving on, we just found out Lanny will be going to California for work Sunday night, we don't know yet how long the job will last, but it will be 5 days a week in CA, 2 in AZ until the job is done. So I will be vacating to my parents house while he is gone. Kinda stinks but we are grateful he has work and he can hopefully make some extra cash with some overtime. Well I was super motivated at one point to finish this blog but had to go do something in the middle and lost the energy. All in all we are happy, I am healthy, given I stick to a delicious gluten free diet. If anyone has any kind of suggestions and knows good places to eat gluten free, I would seriously appreciate the input!

I hope all is well for my fellow bloggers :)

3 Comments:

Blogger Drew and Tiffany said...

Katie my lady! Glad to read that they finally figured it out and its not that bad. At least they are making more and more things without gluten now days!

February 8, 2009 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Taylor and Amanda Lines said...

I am sorry that you had to go through all ya had to go through girl! And what a blessing it is that your insurance kicked in just in time for you to have all of your tests! Im glad that they were able to find out the problem!

February 20, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Three and a Half Wakefield's said...

oh my goodness I'm glad I found your blog! I don't know if you remeber that we were trying to figure out what was wrong with Bailee because she wasn't gaining weight and everything but it turns out she has Celiac disease too! It for sure is such a huge adjustment and sometimes I just break down. But it gets better and I have some liks to gluten free blogs with tons of recipes if it helps at all! I have also found some great flours that you can use so you can still have all your cookies and cakes!! I wish you all the best of luck with this!

April 7, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

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