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Harpgirl

Member Since 08 Jun 2011
Offline Last Active Sep 05 2014 10:30 AM
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#929355 Get Creative Describing Your Symptoms - Zombie Porcupines!

Posted by Harpgirl on 03 September 2014 - 04:45 AM

I've been suffering from gluten exposure recently and because I don't "look sick," I started coming up with ways to describe how I feel. I have several symptoms, but the best thing I've found to get my point across about the pain is to say that it feels like I swallowed a porcupine.

 

I stepped it up by doing something fun. On my author blog, I dressed up a picture of a porcupine to "zombify" it. Green eyes and everything. ;) "Forget brains...must destroy guts." Because there's no mercy to the pain and no perfect way to stop it than time. I'd post it here if you guys want me to, but I haven't even showed it to my boys because my 6-year-old is afraid of "zombies." lol. Didn't know if it would be okay here.

 

Anyway, creating the picture turned out to be fun. Kind of like hitting the bulls-eye on a dunk tank with a someone who knows how to throw insults.

 

So what are some creative ways that you can come up with to describe what gluten does to you?


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#911785 Dealing With People Who Don't Understand

Posted by Harpgirl on 08 April 2014 - 08:27 AM

I ran into this problem a lot with family and friends when I first went gluten free nearly 3 years ago. What makes it most difficult is that, like me, you don't have an official diagnosis of Celiac. I had a lousy doctor, so I diagnosed myself based on research and listening to my own body. It sound like you're doing the same. :)

 

Friends and family have learned to lay off, because they now realize how severely I respond to a single crumb. For dinner parties, I either eat ahead, or bring my own food. We have potlucks with our church group and though some other members are gluten intolerant, they are not as sensitive as me. I've had to change out my cookware because I was still getting sick, so I can't trust that the others have made the same changes if they aren't as sensitive. But they are okay with it. They are good friends. :) If your hostess has a problem with accommodating your needs (or letting you accommodate yourself), she's not a very good hostess. I simply wouldn't go. It's not worth it.


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#738272 Gluten Intolerance Supplement

Posted by Harpgirl on 12 October 2011 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for the advice and I will definitely try the charcoal thing. So far, I think I'm going to try these other remedies instead of the glutenase. I'm finding that a glass of Merlot helps quite a bit. I've been a T-totaller my whole life, but since this "gluten thing" has hit me, I'm looking anywhere for relief during accidental glutenings. It sheds a whole new light on 1 Timothy 5:23, "Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses." Makes me wonder if Timothy had celiac! :P
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#733673 I'm Just Really Blue Tonight

Posted by Harpgirl on 24 September 2011 - 01:06 PM

Yay! I've got a terrific update to this! Last night, hubby and I were talking about how well the boys were doing. We've been getting lots of compliments about how much they know for their ages. Leo recognizes now that I've been working with them everyday. I didn't even bring it up, but all of a sudden he got this strange sort of sheepish expression, then struggled to get his words out. Finally, he said that he was okay with having a third! I was sooo surprised and happy! He said that he also noticed that I haven't been calling him as much at work except to know when to have dinner ready, and he also has seen how going gluten-free for the last 3 1/2 months has helped me to deal with life stressors better than I might have in the past. Not to mention increased energy!
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#714285 Bittersweet

Posted by Harpgirl on 05 July 2011 - 07:48 AM

We've just built the crib for our 17 month old and are now sleep training him. He's been sleeping with me all the time because he would nurse when he slept. But he has been biting me all the time :blink: . I thought he was done with that, but he started up again. As much as I will miss that close cuddle time with my little guy, it will be a relief to sleep in my own bed and not get bitten all the time! :D
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#711303 Celiac Haiku

Posted by Harpgirl on 23 June 2011 - 12:05 PM

Poor little Goober
Hit head on evil table
Lungs are working great!


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Little friend's birthday
Eat cake tonight? not a chance
Friend's mom has hummus! :P
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#711172 Celiac Haiku

Posted by Harpgirl on 23 June 2011 - 03:54 AM

I don't know what the heck this is . . . Dr. Seuss does Haiku??? :unsure: :lol:

Brain fog in a verse
Strawberry jam in a purse
This rhyme's getting worse


:lol: Haikus don't have to rhyme, but that was cute! :P

This rhyme's getting worse
getting glutened is my bane.
It will clear up soon.
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#711066 Celiac Haiku

Posted by Harpgirl on 22 June 2011 - 04:26 PM

I saw a similar thread on a literature site I use to frequent, but they took the last line of the previous poem to make as their first. That might be fun :) I'll try.

I'll settle for rice

But not the Krispies with malt

because they "pop" wrong. :P
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#710251 Please Help

Posted by Harpgirl on 19 June 2011 - 05:59 PM

I know it won't help right, now, but for the long run, if you don't already do it, you might try taking some yoga classes. My psychologist recommended them to me for my mild anxiety. I've only taken one so far, and it's really nice! It's a work out too, but doesn't feel like one until your muscles are a little sore later. ;) I had tried to do some yoga in the past via books and videos, but I never got anything from it until I took an actual class.

I hope this suggestion helps, but I'm afraid I don't really know anything about hashimoto's. Feel better! :)
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#710000 I'm So Happy!

Posted by Harpgirl on 18 June 2011 - 04:55 PM

Awesome job! Kayaking is not easy! Keep it up! :D
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