Around the second week of October the pain, cramping, bloating, constipation returned, and it was bad, really, really bad. This time I was bound and determined to not take the pain killers thinking that they would just make things worse. I got a new doctor at the facility I work at, and we collaborated on different ideas but nothing could answer the dreaded question of “What is wrong with me?” At the end of October first of November, “co-worker” and I did our trip to Arkansas to see my son’s football game. The trip there was excruciatingly painful. Every rest stop we made an appearance. Mind you when the beast rears its ugly head it doesn’t make me nauseas, I don’t get diarrhea I eat normally; so imagine eating normally and not having bowel movements… yep you get constipated and we all know none of us like constipation.
Once in Arkansas my “co-workers” “best friend” joined us. D. is a crazy Texan with a lot of information and has had too many fields of interests for me to list on so few pages. D’s son was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease (gluten intolerance) a few years back and she knew the disease like she knew the back of her hand. She looked right at me and said “You have Celiac’s” and “I’m gonna show you how to get better” and proceeded to do so. By the time we left Arkansas I understood gluten to be a very “bad” thing for some people. I quit eating anything that had “Wheat, Rye or Barley” as an ingredient that weekend and had the best trip back to NM. For the first time, in a long time, I had energy, no gut pain, no bloating and no constipation. Because I had quit eating wheat before being tested, getting tested would probably not have shown anything. But since I quit eating wheat or products with wheat in them and I was feeling better it just seemed logical that I really did have Celiac’s Disease.
When I got home I threw everything out that had wheat in it. I sucked at cooking before so now with the main staple bread gone what would I eat? The “Man” was very supportive and ate everything I cooked. I experimented, “co-worker” experimented; we made all kinds of concoctions. I read books, shopped at health food stores and adapted to a gluten free lifestyle.
The rest of 2007 was event free. I even spent Christmas with family eating all the foods, but just making sure I didn’t eat anything with wheat in it. On the 31st of December I had gone almost 2 months without an episode; I thought life was good again and January 1st would be the first day of the rest of my life!
Next week… New World