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ProudMommyDebbie

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  1. Hey girl! Just saw this article posted here--- don't know how close this place is to you guys, but thought I'd pass it along anyways...

    http://www.scntx.com/articles/2011/09/06/frisco_enterprise/news/880.txt

  2. My kids eat Envirokids cereals General Mills does say these are Gluten Free, and my kids are doing great eating them: * Rice Chex * Corn Chex * Trix * Kix * Dora the Explorer
  3. My three children have been gluten free for a few months now. This will be our first Holiday Season being Gluten Free. How did you all deal with this the first go round? I've posted before that I am a spousal caregiver and I make our only income in the house, it will just be myself, my three kids, and my husband, so i will have to make everything ( potatoes, stuffing, gravy, any dessert) from scratch, but not a lot of resources to buy a thanksgiving meal. I don't want it to just be a regular day with a regular meal, but it is looking as if it will turn out to be just that.
  4. My two oldest don't have access to a microwave at school, and the bread has become too complicated, so here is what i've done lately: they have had to eat everything room temp or cold, best we can do for now. Gluten free hot dogs Gluten free lunch meat wrapped in corn tortilla tuna ground beef mixed with eggs (usually leftover from dinner the night before) sides of fruit, veggies, applesauce, jello, and/or a small string cheese or cheese slice. Drinks - small water bottles or natural juices, or Keefer smoothies
  5. Guerrero and Enjoy Life Brown Rice don't have the CC problem. Mission Brand there are some doubts. I have to figure out the corn tortillas thing too because i can't roll them up for my kids lunches, corn tortillas cold break apart.
  6. What about if i need/want to use corn tortillas for my kids lunches, they break easily, but they cannot heat things up at school. What can i use for like pbj wraps or meat and cheese wraps? I know i can use a gluten-free pancake mix, but i would like to use tortillas too.
  7. Ken, I just signed up for this forum this morning. I posted in the Parents of Kids with Celiac, then this afternoon I googled celiac and food stamps, your post came up as one of the top listings. I am sorry you have to go through this, but I am in the same boat, although situations are different. My husband was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and had no major problems growing up, but in 2005 became very ill and had to have brain surgery to fix his shunt that had broken, which meant the fluid building up around his brain (hydrocephalus)was not being drained down from his head into his abdomen because the shunt had malfunctioned, and was causing major issues. After the shunt revision and abdominal surgery he came home to recover, but Hurricane Ike was headed toward Texas, and we had to evacuate due to his condition. We came home three weeks later and our rental home had flooded, so we lost our home and only vehicle. Moved into another rental home which was $200 more a month in rent and I had to take on a car note. My husband broke out with severe psoriasis from the stress and recovery. He later was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. My husband is believed to have Celiac, but waiting confirmation, and we were told to have our kids tested. They were tested the end of July and we received the results yesterday which confirmed they do have it. My husband has been unable to work since 2005, so I am a Spousal Caregiver, and mother to three kids. The sole provider of income in our household and my salary is still not enough to make sure there is food in the house, so now this gluten free diet change for my children is going to be so hard when the wholefood stores are so very high priced here, and gluten free cereals, breads, and pastas are scarce in regular grocery stores that I've seen. We receive a small under $100 amount in Food Stamps because they believe my income for a family of 5 is "making too much" for further help. I am thankful for what we get, but those that are working hard and need help are always the ones hit with red tape. The local assistant ministry for my zip code food pantry I know doesn't have gluten free, so I don't know what to do when I need there help again. I contacted my two oldest children's school nurse, and she is contacting the districts dietitian. The gluten free menu in public schools is very very limited the nurse said, so I will have to figure out what i can do to pack their lunch (they receive free breakfast and lunch at school because of our finances going to medical expenses and bills to not be homeless, so i barely make by with having extra money to put gas in the car for my work commute and making sure there is enough food in the house for the three kids and my ill husband). I can only suggest you do as others advised, have a doctors note, find something you can put it in to keep it safe and protected, keep it on you at all times, so you can prove you aren't just "being picky" as the population would like to believe. I know you might not be able to afford it right now, but there are medical bracelets you can get that say celiac disease. I wish you the best, I know it's hard, and I don't know how I will get through it, but I have to for my kids.
  8. Hi There and Hugs, I am new here too, just posted this morning. My kids had confirmed diagnoses yesterday. So I have three children, who're 8,6, and my youngest will be 4 next week, and they have to be stripped of a lot of the cereals they love, the bread they've become so used to, and the pastas. What I am doing is printing out lists of what on the label you look for that has gluten that you don't buy. I will put it in a sheet protector, or maybe make smaller lists and carry it with my all the time. All I can say is we can help each other learn this together? I am sure others here can be of more help too. But remember, this is not your fault, you were feeding him the best you knew how, and before the diagnosis, you didn't know what he was eating was bad for him. Good Luck.
  9. My three children's actual celiac test result was negative, but they did celiac anti bodies as well, and this is how it was diagnosed. Their Sedimentation Rate (SED) in some of the blood work is too high, meaning their is inflammation in their body, and there Alkaline Phosphate blood levels (ALKP) are too high, which means they test for problems in the liver and in bone with some made in the intestines and kidneys. Inflammation is definitive to intestine damage - hence celiac. My 6 yr old daughter's Sed rate is a 27 (0-20 is normal) and her ALKP level is 271 (50-136 is normal) My youngest daughter who will turn 4 next week's Sed rate is a 35 (0-20 is normal) and her ALKP level is 227 (50-136 is normal) My 8 yr old son's Sed rate is a 12 (0-9 is normal for him)and her ALKP level is 236 (50-136 is normal) You need to have a lot of blood run, and there are things they check to find celiac, not just by one result. Get a second opinion, do what you feel is best, mother's instinct is correct a lot of the time. hugs and good luck.
  10. Learning this New Life for the kids

  11. Thank-you for you reply and help! My husband was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and had no major problems growing up, but in 2005 became very ill and had to have brain surgery to fix his shunt that had broken, which meant the fluid building up around his brain (hydrocephalus)was not being drained down from his head into his abdomen because the shunt had malfunctioned, and was causing major issues. After the shunt revision and abdominal surgery he came home to recover Hurricane Ike hit Texas, and we had to evacuate due to his condition. We came home three weeks later and our rental home had flooded, so we lost our home and only vehicle. Moved into another rental home and took on a car note. My husband broke out with severe psoriasis from the stress and recovery. He later was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. He's been unable to work since 2005, so I am a Spousal Caregiver, and mother to three kids. The sole provider of income in our household and there is never enough money, this gluten free is going to be hard when the wholefood stores are so very high priced in Houston. My husband is believed to have Celiac, but waiting confirmation, and we were told to have our kids tested. They were tested the end of July and we received the results yesterday which confirmed they do have it. My son is 8, and I have two daughters: ages 6 and almost 4. I don't know how i will make this change, but it has to be done, and quickly. My son has allergies, so takes Allegra, he has chronic bronchitis or lunch infections when the weather changes every year between Jan-April, and all this bring on allergy induced asthma. He has an inhaler at home and at school, and he has a breathing machine at home along with the mouth piece and medicine at the school for the schools breathing machine. His school is trying to label him with having Attention Deficit Disorder, after testing his IQ, Academic Achievement, and also re evaluating his speech. HE tested in normal range for IQ and no learning disabilities on the academic testing, and he now tests too high for an IEP in speech. Due to the below grade level test scores at the end of 2nd grade, where they said he was below in reading and writing, and the history of the teachers having to redirect him to pay attention and do his work, they now want to not look into any other avenues and just say it's ADD. I know celiac can cause these issues, so I hope this will help my son succeed in school. He is smart and loves to read, loves math and science, he just gets easily frustrated and thinks he can't do things that are hard. My 6 yr old daughter has eczema that breaks out on the crease of her arms where you bend at the elbow, then it breaks out at the back of her knees, she has premature acne breakouts on her chin, but it's not noticeable unless you are really close to her. My youngest daughter, as the other two are lactose intolerant, but not yet shown signs of auto immune problems or other health issues. I contacted my children's school nurse, and she is contacting the districts dietitian. The menu in public schools is very limited, so I will have to figure out what i can do to pack their lunch (they receive free breakfast and lunch at school because of our finances going to medical expenses and bills to not be homeless, so i barely make by with having extra for gas in the car for work commute and making sure there is enough food). I have to stay strong for the kids and my family, but I am so tired of being stressed, and tired of being exhausted.
  12. (((lilgreen))) Above hugs for you. I am new to this celiac and gluten free world, but just want to share my experience. My husband was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and had no major problems growing up, but in 2005 became very ill and had to have brain surgery to fix his shunt that had broken, which meant the fluid building up around his brain (hydrocephalus)was not being drained down from his head into his abdomin because the shunt had malfunctioned, and was causing major issues. After the shunt revision and abdominal surgery he came home to recover Hurricane Ike hit Texas, and we had to evacuate due to his condition. We came home three weeks later and our rental home had flooded, so we lost our home and only vehicle. Moved into another rental home and took on a car note. My husband broke out with severe psoriasis from the stress and recovery. He later was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. He's been unable to work since 2005, so I am a Spousal Caregiver, and mother to three kids. He is believed to have Celiac, but waiting confirmation, and we were told to have our kids tested. They were tested the end of July and we received the results yesterday. All three of my kids have celiac. My son is 8, so the same age as yours, and I have two daughters ages 6 and almost 4. I don't know how i will make this change, but it has to be done, and quickly. My son has allergies, so takes Allegra, he has chronic bronchitis or lunch infections when the weather changes every year between Jan-April, and all this bring on allergy induced asthma. He has an inhaler at home and at school, and he has a breathing machine at home along with the mouth piece and medicine at the school for the schools breathing machine. His school is trying to label him with having Attention Deficit Disorder, after testing his IQ, Academic Achievement, and also re evaluating his speech. HE tested in normal range for IQ and no learning disabilities on the academic testing, and he now tests too high for an IEP in speech. Due to the below grade level test scores at the end of 2nd grade, where they said he was below in reading and writing, and the history of the teachers having to redirect him to pay attention and do his work, they now want to not look into any other avenues and just say it's ADD. I know celiac can cause these issues, so I hope this will help my son succeed in school. He is smart and loves to read, loves math and science, he just gets easily frustrated and thinks he can't do things that are hard. My 6 yr old daughter has eczema that breaks out on the crease of her arms where you bend at the elbow, then it breaks out at the back of her knees, she has premature acne breakouts on her chin, but it's not noticeable unless you are really close to her. My youngest daughter , as the other two are lactose intolerant, but not yet shown signs of auto immune problems or other health issues. The best thing I can do now that all three of my kids have it, is have them all eat the same thing at the same time. I do not have it, but my husband might, but he can't change his diet till it is confirmed, so we will have any foods with gluten out of notice to the kids. I know it's harder for you with your oldest having celiac, but the two younger not having it, and there always is the, "it's not fair he/she gets to eat that and i don't." Just keep reiterating to your oldest that these foods will make him sick, it starts at home, and he will be surrounded by the gluten foods at school, so a good base at home will help him cope in the outside world. I contacted my children's school nurse, and she is contacting the districts dietitian. So I seem to have help in the works with the school, and now i will focus on the home. Best of luck to you.
  13. Hello to all. I'm Debbie, 27, and my three children were just conformed with the diagnoses of Celiac Disease. My son is in 3rd Grade, my Daughter in 1st, and my youngest daughter is about to turn 4 and go to pre school. I am going to have to do a lot for my two in public school because Gluten Free is not in their vocabulary. I am researching the disease and my kids already have a lactose allergy, so are on lactaid brand milk, but are said to still be ok to eat cheese, eggs, yogurt, and the lactose free milk. I'm researching the types of breads and pastas, ect that I can still cook for them, just have different ingredients. Nice to meet you all and talk to you soon.