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Doing a "Gluten Challenge" is.....

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Very challenging indeed! I am in the process of trying to get an accurate test to find out if I have celiac, or a wheat allergy. So - even though I had pretty much eliminated gluten from my diet for the last two years, roughly..... I am now eating it again.

I have introduced wheat/and all things gluten back into my diet since January 16th, and not only do I feel like crap - I have gained 13 lbs.! Not good....

I have decided to actually get tested, for myself , and mostly for my kids' sake - because if it is indeed celiac - they need to get tested as well, because it can be hereditary. (they both exhibit some symptoms)

And for me, I know now that whether or not the test comes back positive for celiac - I will be removing it from diet - just for the fact that I feel so much better when I don't consume it. I will request an allergy test - to see if I may be allergic to wheat.

Part of me is really regretting putting this stuff (wheat/gluten) back into my body - but I need to know for my kids' sake. Because what I'm finding out - if it is celiac - it does serious damage to your body if you continue to consume it, and I want them to be as healthy as they can be. (my children are adults - so I can't control their diet)

It may be that I'm just allergic to wheat - but I need to know for sure, for me too.

Some of my main symptoms:

daily headache
joint pain
constant fatigue
digestive issues
mouth sores
...the list goes on...

A few years ago - before I found SparkPeople -I had decided to eliminate flour and sugar from my diet - to lose weight, and after the initial period of getting used to not eating those things - I felt like a new person - better than I ever felt in my whole life.

I finally figured out that it was when I didn't eat bread/wheat/gluten (I have been "sickly" ALL of my life), I felt so much it was kind of by accident - I had never even heard of celiac disease it wasn't because I was on the latest "fad" of going gluten free. It was kind of an "accident" that I figured this out.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 8/13/2012 1:25PM

    I hope you start to feel better whether you have Celiac disease or not

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SEELESSME 2/10/2012 7:03AM

    My sister has Celiac and my Mom probably does too ( major digestive issues and MAJOR denial). I have been having mysterious reactions for a few years that are very different from theirs. Ranging from reflux to low iron and Vitamin D deficiency to hair loss, migraines & skin rashes. Also weight gain and inability to lose.

The Dr pooh poohed Celiac possibility & testing since my digestion is pretty normal. My sister sent me some info, I read on my own and that was how I found the 17 DD. I have switched to all gluten free (and sulfate free - that stuff is TERRIBLE!) hair and skincare products and been following this diet. I have been feeling great! The 2 times I have had gluten containing foods since startung, I felt terrible. I reacted to an all natural eye cream and then found out one of the ingredients was a wheat based protein enzyme.

I will not reintroduce gluten containing products. With my sister the Drs. Told her that a gluten sensitivity can be a mild or latent condition that develops into Celiac with stress. In her case the death of her husband and events surrounding it were likely the trigger that elevated it. So you could test negative even for Celiac but it is still an issue. Follow your gut and what feels right for your body. Read The G-Free diet. It is a really easy read and it will make you feel good about you decision to be gluten free. You know your body best!

Oh and I have lost over 10 lbs since the start of the year/ starting 17 DD :)

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Update on Husband

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my other post, and for the prayers.

Carl is doing well. He is home, and now taking insulin shots, and taking 6 different pills for his heart. He has been given a second chance, and realizes that God is looking out for him! He has decided to listen to his body and do what the doctor says.

The doc told him that if this hadn't happened (him drinking, and causing this "perfect storm" in his system), within the next month he would have had a massive heart attack which would have killed him.....Very sobering....

I thank God that we didn't just go home after the funeral...if he would have gone to bed....and blacked out - he would not be here today, because he stopped breathing 3 times before we got him to the hospital. If we would have gone home, instead of the restaurant, it would have been a much different outcome.

The big artery that they have nick-named the "widow maker" was 98% blocked, and he also has another artery 70% blocked. They did a heart catherization, and put a stent in the artery that was 98% blocked, and he may have to go in and have a stent put in the other one in a few months.

This Christmas I got the best gift - My Husband!!!

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PUDGYNOMORE 12/28/2011 2:56PM

    Thank you for letting us know! Good healing to your husband and peace to you! Wow.

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KINGDOMHEIR 12/28/2011 11:54AM

    So glad to hear he's doing better. Contined prayers & blessings for you both & family into the New Year.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/27/2011 10:48PM

    Glad that he is with you and that he is going to take better care of himself and make sure that you take care of yourself too. Stress can be hard on you when you watch your husband go through a health problem.

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NYMORNINGGLORY 12/27/2011 4:21PM

    Delighted to hear that he's home and doing so much better. Thanks for the update! Don't forget to take care of yourself in the midst of all of this!

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LIMASTAR 12/27/2011 3:13PM

  My husband had 3 stents placed about 5 years ago and it made a big difference in the quality of his life. He never drank or smoked, but he loves to eat. He recently had major surgery and as a result lost over 35 lbs. He's doing great and so will your husband.

Hope you and your husband enjoy the new year together.

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Please Pray for my Husband (In the hospital)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I can only write a short note - yesterday we were at my husband's aunt's funeral....and later that afternoon, we were calling an ambulance for my husband (Carl). He'd had a few drinks - (he doesn't normally drink - he's diabetic, and some of you know he was seeing a cardio doc this Spring)....Well, he passed out in front of me while sitting in the passenger seat next to me....but it was different....It was like he had died.

I got him to come out of it, and we called an ambulance - he refused to go - but agreed to let us (the kids and take him to the er) I was driving, with Carl beside me - Zac in the back seat. Kara and her boyfriend were in his car.

About 10 min. away from the hospital on a busy he was trying to call his sister on his cell phone - he passed out again. But it wasn't what I would really call passing out...He looked as if he had died....he was the color of death. Zac immediately undid his own seat belt and and started hollering at Carl, and telling him to wake up, and to squeeze his hand, telling him to hang on and breath. It was horrible... I had to keep driving....we thought if we called 911, it may have actually taken longer for them to get to us. So Zac told me to just get there as fast as I could...

...I really thought I'd lost Carl. And Zac thought his Dad had died in his own arms....

It was a long night at the hospital...I got to bed at 4am. Getting ready to go back in...Please pray for Carl and for our kids (Kara and Zac) - Zac is really, really worn emotionally...the stress on the two of us from yesterday was unexplainable...Zac and I just break down as soon as we think about it...

Carl is doing much better... the ER doc was thinking A-fib, also his blood sugar was 237, He's experiencing tachacardia upon standing...Carl said a doctor came in today, and they are doing a brain scan on him. All the doctors who spoke to my husband last night told him that this was a HUGE wake up call for him.......because he has chosen to ignore his health issues.

He's been having chest pains for quite some time - the truth finally came out.... In fact, he was having chest pains for a couple of hours yesterday without telling anyone, - and then drinking on top of it.

Thanks for your prayers, and for listening'
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P.S. Please pray for me - I need strength and energy - as I'm having some health issues of my own.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 12/20/2011 6:42PM

    Praying for you, your husband and your family

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JNCWHALEY 12/19/2011 5:26PM

    Praying for all of you!!!

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KIMI_SILVA 12/19/2011 8:47AM

    You and your family are in my prayers. I'm so terribly sorry for all you are going through.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 12/19/2011 8:36AM

    Sending prayers. Carl has to meet God halfway and do his part to take care of his health.

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FEVANS 12/18/2011 1:42PM

    I am praying that all is well and that God helps you all through this,

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PUDGYNOMORE 12/18/2011 11:59AM

    What a nightmare! I will hold your family in the light. Make sure that you take care to eat and find some quiet time for yourself. You children need you as does your husband. These things usually have a happy ending because something changes to make everyone healthier.

I nearly lost my sweet husband three years ago (who's name is also Carl) He is well, happy and better then he ever was before the big scare.

Much love to you, Cindy

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 12/18/2011 11:11AM

  I'm praying for a full recovery:( Also sorry for the passing of your aunt.

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No Job....

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The last couple of months have been a "whirlwind" - the grocery store that I have been working as a cake decorator for the last five years was sold to another company! This was a total shock to everyone. On September 9th - all of us (employees) were welcomed with a letter , posted at the time clock, from the owners of our store, notifying us all that we no longer had a job as of November 7, 2011.

This is how we wll found out! They didn't even bother to tell us personally - it was a real shocker. (This is a family owned store) I was originally told that I would have a job until the doors closed to the public on Nov. 5th. The first few weeks we were swamped with cake orders! It was crazy - we were working extra hours just to fill orders. People wanted their "one last cake" before we closed forever. It was stressful....I'm kinda numb yet - as I am a very artistic person, and the job was more than "just a job"... I loved my job.

Anyway, my last day ended up being October 19th. I knew the end was coming, but it was still a surprise, since I was told just two days before, that I would be there until we closed.

I'm now trying to do a lot of organizing around my house to keep me busy and not be depressed! I'm doing a lot of praying through all of this. And my husband is surprisingly - being supportive (thank God!) He's taking it better than I am, I think, which is kind of a role-reversal for us.

I'm also praying that I DON'T go back to "emotional eating" for my comfort!!! I DO NOT want to gain weight because I've lost my job!

I need to keep my mind, and heart, and eyes focused on the fact that although I no longer have my job, there is a new adventure waiting for me.....I just want to have the wisdom to see where, and when, the new door will be ready to be opened.... I have a few ideas what could be on the other side.....but I need the wisdom to know if that is what God wants for me - because I'm old enough to realize that I will be blessed if I wait upon Him!

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FERGSGIRL2 11/8/2011 12:40PM

    Nothing that happens to us is new to God--He allowed it to come to you, ONLY after it was checked and approved by Him! He will provide. I can understand, my sister was just told her job ended--today. No warning. If we ever needed to rely on our faith, it is now.

When you feel stressed, get busy doing something that you enjoy or really need to get done-it can help the emotional eating. . Will be praying for you & your family.

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GGRANLDY 11/1/2011 9:12PM

    Angie Keep your eyes on Daddy. He is your provider. You are right He will open the door and you will know in your spirit it is the right door. I will keep you in prayer.


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SHRINKINGG1 11/1/2011 5:48PM

    Brain storm-- sorry it was not asked but-- some similar happend to a friend of a friend of mine. She worked at a bakery that closed down I think the owner passed away. Anyway she had taken some photos of cakes she made and posted them on facebook and asked friends to share or comment so more people would see them. But postings up in daycares. Took some samples to office parks in her area. Started her own bakery from home.

Keshiag is right a door is open waiting for you. I hope you find it soon.

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GABBY308 11/1/2011 4:03PM

    I'm so sorry for you. It's so hard to go through something like that especially around the holidays. Come and post with the team whenever you feel a need to turn to food - that's what we're there for. emoticon

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KESHIAG 11/1/2011 2:49PM

    oNE DOOr Closed is another open! God is going to bring you something better, just keep the faith and keep your eyes on him.

You reap what you sow and the store owners will get thiers for being so ignorant with the dismissal of the employees. Thats as rude as it gets :(
Im sorry.

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Where I've Been...

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I've been missing on here lately - not because I have wanted to avoid Spark...

A few weeks ago, my boss came to me at the bakery - and told me that he was taking a day from me - it was a total shock - as this was the beginning of our busy season for cakes!

I asked why, and he said it was because he was concerned for my health - (I had just broken a rib, but was back working) I asked him if my job was in jeopardy - and he said no - that I was an excellent decorator, and that they couldn't be more pleased with my work. (I was very confused - still am, I guess - I have always obeyed their rules, and done what they asked of me)

I was totally blind-sided, as they have never been too concerned for my health before. Well - there is more to the story - I asked him how the other cake decorator was going to be able to pick up the slack for me not being there on Wednesdays - and he looked down at the floor and said that a new girl was going to get my hours... there is a young girl (who I think has some favor with them, who wanted to decorate cakes) So they gave her the Wednesday that they took from me....she has no experience....and she just turned 18. (She already works for them in the meat department - Full-time too - so she already had more hours than me!) Let's just say it is making it difficult for everyone!

And financially - them taking one day made a big difference in my paycheck. Even though I just work in a grocery store bakery - a cake decorator's wages are fairly high - because it is considered "skilled" labor. So - since my husband and I are on a very tight budget - me losing a day was pretty much of a loss in my paycheck...

Some of you may know that our daughter works at a local pizzeria and restaurant. They had been short-handed for a while now, and they needed another waitress. So, I went and talked to one of the owners, and applied for a part-time waitressing job....

And they hired me! I use to waitress years ago - when our daughter was a baby - 24 years ago.

I really like it, and boy do I get exercise!! Now I have been "juggling" two jobs - am I crazy?? LOL!!

We desperately NEED a car - the one I have been driving is LITERALLY in terrible shape - the transmission is dying...I pray over it everyday that the Lord will allow it to get me to work, and back home again!!

So - I have been saving money so we can get another car - SOON - I hope and pray!! We actually NEED two cars, as my husband is currently driving our daughter's car, because our other car died over a year ago!

God has been blessing me with this new job - and I have been able to do pretty well with tips. So we have a "plan" to keep putting money back so that - hopefully - we will have enough money set back to buy a decent used car in July. I'm praying my car lasts at least that long! (my car has over 237,000 miles on it) and to pay for a new transmission just wouldn't be worth it.

Through this whole experience - I have been praying for patience, and praying for "restraint" (and to not be bitter - I could go into the whole bakery situation - it is not a pleasant situation)... two days this week, I had to work 12 hour shifts! (Because of the lack of experience of the new girl - it just doesn't make sense! It makes more work for my partner too... something has to "give"...)

I'm praying, and thinking about going to my boss and saying to him that I don't want to keep working 12 hours, or more in a day when they took a day from me - that the girl they hired to take my place should be able to do the job, But - I'll keep praying about it, as I don't want to make matters worse....I just know I can't physically keep doing it for long....

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KAJAMOMMY 5/2/2011 6:05AM

    Angie I am praying God works the situation out. I am asking for favor for you, as well as patience and strength. Hang in there and God will work things out emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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