Glad to hear that your iron levels are improving with the supplements, it sounds like you have a great and knowledgable doctor, she's a keeper.
It will be an adjustment to go gluten-free, some of us do it easily but they are in the minority. Keep it as simple as you can at first and try and go with naturally gluten-free food as much as you can. My DH ate a lot of steaks and baked potatoes those first few weeks, his favorite food. I was stuck with bland stuff like plain rice and chicken and applesauce since my gut was in very bad shape but the boredom was worth it as my system healed and I started to feel better. This is a good place for info on the diet and it is a great place to vent in the first weeks.
If you are living with Mom and Dad or a significant other it can help a lot to get them to come on and read a few posts. Sometimes that can help them get a handle on the effects we sometimes get when we eliminate the toxin. You may have a withdrawl period with a bit of ups and downs the first couple of weeks. This is not unusual and you will get through them. When things get the worst and if you get tempted to cheat at a low point try to remember that if you do you will prolong the withdrawl. That aspect is over for most of us in about 2 weeks so hang in there.
I will admit it helps when dealing with doctors that your father is a doctor, mother a nurse, and you are one semester away from a degree in biology. But, yes the GI I've been dealing with seems very knowledgeable.
Thank you so much for the advice. I really appreciate it. I have managed to do alright on the diet for the past couple days, but I am sure there will be some serious venting. I'm also still going through bouts of denial with a lot of frustration.
Sadly mom, dad, and girlfriend (along with their respective cooking abilities) are all 200+ miles away, and I live in very much a typical college house with 3 roommates (and relentless exposure to pizza and beer). My girlfriend has already been very understanding, and I think visiting her will be an enjoyment rather than a strain as far as the diet goes. She is a vegetarian so waiters are going to have a great time dealing with us.