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This happened to me last week. Last time I was glutened was 2 years ago and I was so sick I wanted to curl up & die. Last week we ate out at out usual restaurant, I had my usual pasta dish and down at the bottom of the bowl was a wheat noodle. I looked at that & felt the cold chills of fear! Of course the manager was beside himself over how it could have happened, but long story short....I did not get sick. I was a little extra tired and blah feeling the next day, but nothing I could point my finger at and say glutened!! My only thought here is that maybe (I hope, I hope) my guts are finally healing. Not that I would ever knowingly cheat, just, hooray that I am healing.
Actually, St. Pete is where I was when I became so sick from Celiac that I lost my ability to work! Yep. Lost my job, my profession. I tried everything to get a diagnosis. I heard lots of "That's very interesting; but I don't know what it means." Gosh, I hope I never hear that again! Took me another 10 years and moving to another state to get properly diagnosed. Still unable to work.
I tell you this not to freak you out; but to impress upon you that Celiac and being gluten free are very, very serious things. Given your age, I'm certain your outcome will be much brighter. Much, much brighter.
MissL101, Welcome! Hopefully, you'll be like the vast majority of people on the site who started feeling better pretty quickly and advanced to feeling even better soon--as in weeks to months! I'm assuming you'll be "one of them" since you're only 22. Consider yourself very lucky to be taking steps at such a young age to help your body heal.
I realize there's a lot of stuff to miss. But, I'd give most anything to be back in St. Pete! We lived there 13 years and loved every single minute. Perfect weather, nice & relaxed people. (We left to be close to the best medical help for my husband's situation.)
Oh my God, how I miss the bakery at Publix!!! I was a frequent flyer. A very frequent flyer. Never used to make me sick--as far as I knew! Alas, now I can't tolerate sugar, dairy, nightshades, soy, or ANY grains. Rats! Still, I maintain hope that I will get well--or at least much better.
So go out into the sunshine and the gentle breezes; and take a walk on the beach for me. I can smell the air now. Mmmmmmmm. Love it! Sorry, I digress. Hopefully, you can enjoy your Against the Grain pizza and your beer. It makes me feel good just imagining you enjoying these things. So, ENJOY!!!!!!