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:
...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 better....so it was kind of by accident - I had never even heard of celiac disease then....so 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.
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!!!
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 highway...as 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'
P.S. Please pray for me - I need strength and energy - as I'm having some health issues of my own.
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!
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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