It's finally here! My endoscopy is on Friday at 9am. I've been doing a gluten challenge for the past three weeks to ensure that I get the positive I know is there. Even if the biopsy comes back negative, I have my blood tests and these past three weeks have been such a living hell that I'm never touching gluten again.
So here I am, the last 48 hours of eating gluten. There are a lot of "lasts" as I consume the gluten-ous foods that I used to love so dearly in their full gluten form. But the part I'm most excited for is all the firsts. First week without the nausea and vertigo I seem to have developed since going back on gluten, first classes where my head is clear and my ADD symptoms disappear like they did when I was gluten free, the first experiments with new foods that I never would have approached otherwise, and for the first time in (at least) 7 years feeling 'normal.'
These past three weeks have allowed me to go through the grieving process that comes with the initial diagnosis as well as making me so appreciative that I have the answer to many of my physical and psychological issues. I am so excited to be gluten-free forever.
In other news, my boyfriend just set up his appointment to get tested after he's been having the same issues with pasta as I did that prompted me to get testing done.