Back On Track
Posted 05 April 2004 - 08:42 PM
I am new to all of this, well not all of this I have been celiac since I was almost 2 years old (now 21). I was always very good about my GFD when I was a kid, prbably until I hit the 4th grade from there it was once and a while to now when I dont even think twice about it. This is totally inexcusable since I will be graduating from nursing school in 2 months , I know the risks and everything that goes with this diease. I dont know what caused this sudden interest in my well being but I am gonna really try. I am also trying to lose weight which makes it very difficult sometimes being on the GFD, everytime I go back on a GFD I gain more weight. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do to get back on track, dietician, doctor, support group?????
Posted 06 April 2004 - 08:06 AM
I gained about 12 lbs in less than 2 wks. I can do nothing to lose weight. less calories, more execise - nothing.
I'll keep you posted following my appt today. Hang in there.
Posted 06 April 2004 - 07:25 PM
Posted 06 April 2004 - 08:33 PM
Posted 07 April 2004 - 07:21 AM
He took blood work and of course scheduled me for a biopsy. He said he figures that he will then continue with colonoscopy, ultrasound, etc. So I fear that I'm in for months of tests and waiting. He told me the symptoms I am having could range from a wide range of things. From polyps on my colon, damage to intestine that may or may not be able to be fixed, cancers, to the extreme of nothing being able to be done. Scared? yeah a little but i'm optimisitic that it won't be too serious and will be able to heal.
I cannot eat anything or drink anything right now without feeling sick. sucks. like having the flu for the past year.
I have a hard time resisting pasta. and the rice and corn pasta's don't taste good to me. have been trying different brands with no success. I actually stopped craving breads, etc. and have no desire to eat them. which is great.
I'm thinking about going to a dietician myself b/c i'm having a hard time finding things to eat - for a balanced diet. Doc yesterday told me to start taking multi vitamins, etc. to help.
Good luck. Also - I have two boys - 3 and 4 and although my 3 yr old shows all signs of Celiac - otherwise - i have two very healthy boys and had no problems getting pregnant, nor labor and delivery. they both went full term.
so - keep me posted on your progress and i'll do the same!
Posted 07 April 2004 - 11:10 AM
I need to build up some will power, my family can say with ease how I need to stick to my GFD but sometimes its just too hard. I plan to start today! I mean really try, its hard to picture my life without the cramping and bloating adn gas and without Mcdonalds little hamburgers
I hope that they can get all your tests done soon, so you dont have to go through months and months of testing. I was very young when I went through all of that so I dont remember it. Stay strong and I here if you need someone to talk to.
P.S. thanks kayjay for the advice
Posted 13 April 2004 - 09:28 PM
I'm a newbie, too. Been gluten-free since the end of January and I feel so much better. Had a couple accidental ingestions and paid the price; abd pain and bloating, diarrhea, just like the old days.
I had no idea how significantly gluten was literally poisoning my life until recently. I'm more energetic (not going to the gym or anything, just participating more in everyday activities and life in general), my skin looks younger and feels better, even my posture has improved over the "shrunken" appearance I had developed. My advice is to give the gluten-free diet a try. I've always been a "carb head" but once you get over expecting gluten-free food to taste like the real thing, most of it is not too bad.
Congrats on your upcoming graduation! I've been an RN for almost 8 years. It's a noble profession though it does tend to harbor the "eat our young" mentality, especially among the older nurses. Don't let them get to you. (remember this... you'll need it daily !!)
It's the field that makes us all hyperchondriacs, but you know, it probably IS the gluten is responsible for the majority of your complaints. I know all of my fragmented symptoms easily fell under the celiac umbrella, but they've all improved (not disapeared) since going gluten-free.
Good luck to you, and take care of yourself!
(aka Nurse Diesel)
"well, I better learn how to swim
'cause the crossing is chilly and wide"
Posted 14 April 2004 - 05:07 AM
once you get over expecting gluten-free food to taste like the real thing, most of it is not too bad.
Please rethink your thinking! gluten-free food >is< the real thing!
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you." Numbers 6:24-25
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