I like to see black-and-white proof of things I believe to be true in order to confirm my feelings and to prove the correctness of my feelings to others. When telling others about something that’s been done or said, I like to show them proof in an e-mail or some other thing that can be seen or heard. Physical, conclusive proof is important to me for a lot of things, and I struggle hard when I don’t have confirmation of what I think is true. That’s what’s made things so hard for me while dealing with all these food issues. While I know I react to the foods, I have a hard time drawing conclusions about the reason(s) without definitive proof in the form of test results from a doctor or a doctor’s official diagnosis. Read More →

I continue to be amazed by the things I’m discovering that are causing me issues. It’s hard at times not to deny these things and not start to think about something else possibly causing issues. It’s hard not to think that I’m going crazy. It seems like the tiniest traces cause me symptoms, and they seem to come from some pretty unlikely places. Sometimes I never really know for sure and just have to resolve to be more careful in the future. Read More →

I have to admit that every time I run across someone talking about the positive aspects of living with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or a food allergy, I just want to shake my head or 3873147-100266629_8-v1roll my eyes. I know and understand that they want to help those of us dealing with these issues to feel better about things, but their words just don’t ring true to me at all. Many of them just ring hollow. I think the main reason is that I see nothing positive at all about my condition. The only positive thing would be not having it at all. Read More →

“They’re no different from cancer. Or heart disease. Or allergies. And when’s the last time you heard of anyone being judged for those?”

This is a quote that appeared at the end of an article that I had read in a magazine. It was actually a really good article that was trying to raise awareness of a class of illnesses for which those who had them faced all kinds of difficulties, including judging from their peers. However, at the end, I believe it pushed these other illnesses to the sidelines, seeming to dismiss the idea that the people who experience these illnesses face judgment and other negative feelings and behaviors from their peers. Read More →

Since my allergist discovered my low ferritin serum, I’ve been trying to figure out how to increase my intake of iron. First, I tried adding a 27 mg ferrous gluconate supplement. In the beginning, I felt great, but I later started having the usual side effects of iron supplements. After doing some research and finding out that carbonyl iron is gentler on the digestive system and doesn’t cause the harsher side effects that other types of supplements cause, I decided to give it a try. Two tablets a day eventually brought on the same side effects. Read More →

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I just returned from a week-long vacation with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and nephews. Everything went successfully for the most part. I did have a couple of issues, one due to my own carelessness, and one which I believe was due to eating “gluten-free” oatmeal for breakfast everyday. Read More →

I’ve managed to make several changes recently which I believe have kept me from wheat/gluten exposures for nearly two weeks. It’s really too bad I’ve had to deal with illness during the period of time since the last known exposure and can’t exactly know for sure if I really have truly avoided it for this length of time. On top of the illness, I’ve had to deal with issues with my iron supplement and with trying to find another one that doesn’t cause problems while providing my body with the iron it needs. It seems like I’m going one step forward and two steps back. There are signs that things are pointing up, like my skin getting better and my nails getting a little bit stronger, but I still feel there is a long way to go. Read More →

I went to another allergist for a second opinion after the first one dismissed my Class I result for wheat as a “false positive”. The only feedback I’d gotten from the nurse about this result is that the doctor thought it was too low to be a true positive. However, it was a firm Class I, with the result being right in the middle of the range. After doing some reading and research on this result was when I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to seek the opinion of another allergist. Read More →

Living the gluten-free life has brought about many painful adjustments over the years and has also made me realize a few things. I’m generally an impatient person with a very short fuse who hates waste. This kind of personality is not a good fit for this kind of life. My patience has been tested in many ways, and it has definitely failed. Also, what I’ve ultimately been working toward is dealing with all the sources of constant or near-constant exposures so they would become a rarity. In turn, I would get to where I was feeling well consistently, my skin would be clear, my nails would be strong, and everything else would generally be where it needed to be. I’m beginning to realize and think that the numerous exposures are just going to be my life, my new normal, and that I’m going to have to find the best way I can to live with them. To me, it’s starting to seem more and more unlikely that I’ll ever be able to be symptom-free for any length of time because of my level of sensitivity. Read More →

I do enjoy taking vacations, but I’ve never been a huge traveller. In fact, I really enjoy taking time off of work to stay home and do things around the house, like get caught up on chores, watch movies and TV, read, and do other relaxing things. However, it’s exciting going somewhere fun for vacation. I love the Disney parks. I’ve been on a couple of cruises. I love going to the beach. The mountains can be nice too. I’ve gone away with family and with friends. I have a lot of good memories from the vacations I’ve taken over the years. Read More →