Friday, October 30, 2009

Pass the Tortillas. And the Biscuits, Cookies, Pizza, Chicken Fried Steak & Gravy. . .

....and anything else with flour in it! I am one relieved and happy woman.

Thank you for your prayers as I went to the doctor this morning. One of the things he tested me for was celiac disease, which would have required me to remove gluten from my diet. I've always had an irritable digestive system that I've just attributed to peaks of stress, but adding that fact to the correlation between osteoporosis and celiac disease (and even migraines and celiac disease) and the rapidity with which they scheduled my appointment upon receiving the lab results led me to conclude that was the news I would hear this morning.

The adage that A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient (Sir William Osler) apparently applies to other members of the medical community as well. Sigh. (Do you know how nerve-wracking pregnancy was for me? Especially after we had a couple of nieces and nephews born with issues?! Being a nurse is a double-edged sword!)

So without boring you with the details, I will just say that the calcium that went into my body during that 24-hour collection period mostly landed in that nice little jug. And the Vitamin D doesn't seem to cling to my bloodstream very well either.

So I came out with a fistful of prescriptions to add to the pill bottles on my counter. As well as another jug to use in a few months to check progress. The fun just never ends!

But that's okay. I'd much rather pop pills than go the gluten-free route. A couple of friends who have family members with this issue told me that even toothpaste and communion wafers are an issue!

Man does not live on bread alone. . . .but it's nice to have some occasionally!


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7 comments:

sara said...

doin' the happy dance with you right now!!! I know that was such a relief!! Thanks for posting so quick, I have been wondering how it went.

Good luck to your girl tomorrow...I know she will do GREAT!

Liz said...

Thank goodness you can keep your breads. For several years I thought I had Celiac and ate gluten free. My doctor never did test me. Finally, I started introducing bread back into my diet and bulked up on fiber, and that was all it took. I now live a gluten FULL life and love it. Hallelujah for pizza, is all I can say!

Lisa writes... said...

Praising the Lord with you (and now totally craving some chicken fried steak....)!

TCKK said...

So glad it's not more serious.

quilly said...

I am so glad you don't have Celiac's disease or you would definitely have to avoid my post for the day. (How shallow am I?)

I hope your new pill regimen works. You may rattle, but better to rattle from pills than broken bones!

Did the Doc say anything about you're removing the Mocha from your name? Chocolate and coffee ....

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Tossing cyber confetti right now and thanking God with you. One of my best IRL friends has Celiac's, and I watch first-hand as she copes with that. So I'm happy that you are happy. And hopefully, the new meds will do the trick.

Kim said...

Soooo glad it wasn't celiac too! My gastro doc checked me for celiac when my IBS went haywire a few years back! I was certainly relieved when I found out I was not suffering from that particular problem!