OMG, the brain processing! That part is just awful, isn't it? My daughter and I both get this, and you should see when we've both eaten the same food and got glutened - we look like two confused drunks having an argument about two different topics at the same time, LOL.
The scary one for me was driving somewhere and suddenly I wouldn't know what street I was on, or where I was supposed to be going, and couldn't remember who was in the car with me until I checked. That started happening a few months before I was diagnosed and scared the crap out of me! I was thinking early senility or alzheimers or something, I swear to god.
Changing my diet was a MUCH better diagnosis than that, thankfully!
OMG...You made me laugh. Love the part about two confused drunks.... I so get what you mean. For some reason, whenever I ate pizza I'd get really bad gluten brain fog. It was always worse with pizza for some reason. I remember once I was driving home from work, I was supposed to meet someone at an intersection to drop off paperwork and I just whizzed by. I was having enough trouble getting home, much less remembering an errand I had just promised to run five minutes before on the phone.
When it got really bad for me, though, was a day I was sitting on the couch and I literally was so brain fogged that I could barely think. I was beyond functioning normally at that point, and I couldn't see my way through the next moment. It was as bad at that moment as it had ever been--and still not knowing why was terrifying. At one point in my life, I sort of got used to the idea that I would die young and would do so never knowing why. What a horrible thing to have to think. This is the point some of us get to in this disease--before diagnosis--and it's truly, truly sad.
I often wonder how many people are out there going crazy at this very minute and not even knowing why. And that something as simple as throwing away a loaf of bread might save them.
As great as it is to have the brain fog behind me, I do feel so sad for all the people in the world who are experiencing it right now and have no idea why....