Do not see that one on PetSmart's web site. How big of a bag are you getting at $11?
I believe that's going to be a 5 lb. bag but not sure as I don't feed that to my dog. But just looking online it looks like the 5 lb. is around the $11 mark.
And one thing I would mention ---- you will find you don't need to feed AS MUCH of it as the crappy foods with lots of fillers. Why? Because the dog is getting more nutrients & absorbing the nutrients from the food. Cruddy fillers do nothing for nutrient value & you have to feed more volume which equals more volume in the ah-hem end product if you catch my drift.
Well, I happen to need to gain a few pounds so I don't need to take my pants off but I'll join the party! I have only had tiramisu twice in my life & while it was good it was not to die for but I sensed inherently that I had NOT eaten good examples of it. I have read recipes for it & I KNOW it's right up my alley! I was rather frustrated that the ones I had did not live up to my expectations. Neither of them were home made. I never made any myself b/c it's NOT the hubs thing at all so i would have had to eat the whole thing by myself. No, I couldn't have. I would pop like a balloon!
I know. I'm sorry you're feeling blue. It probably wasn't too great an idea to go out to dinner so soon yet. And I know all you can focus on right now are all the things you think you can't ever have again. But believe me, there are substitutions for all those things. Some are better than others. But I promise you it gets a whole lot easier. It really does. I no longer bemoan the foods I at first thought I could never live without. Honestly, I don't even think about those foods anymore. But right now you're hurting mentally & going through a grieving process. It's normal. You have to get it out of your system. Go ahead & have a good cry. Here, I'll cry with you.
Have the gluten-free family members ever considered gluten hands touching gluten-free canned goods in the store? Ooooooooo maybe they need to walk around wearing disposable medical gloves so they don't touch anything that gluten hands have touched. Or how about bags of flour breaking & spilling in the store room of the food warehouse or the grocery store back room & flour dust settling on everything in there? Maybe the gluten-free ought to live in a bubble like bubble boy on Seinfeld. Am I being over the top? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To the OP, WHATEVER you do, don't DARE mention the scenarios I just put forth --- they are likely to go to those lengths to protect themselves.
I stand with everyone except captaincrab. Take your frozen meals in the bag in the car. The celiacs in your family are being ridiculous.
It could be an ear infection. I don't think there's such a thing as "gluten withdrawl" since it's not a drug and there's no physiological addiction. That's like saying.. "Raisin withdrawl" or "Canola oil withdrawl". I'm glad you are getting it checked out, though. I just had surgery for a lump on my thyroid that they thought was cancer. Please have them check for thyroid lumps, because thyroid cancer often spreads to the lymph nodes in that exact area and can cause ear pain, too. Mine was NOT cancer, but it took going to a couple of doctors and the lump that was removed could have morphed into cancer in a few years because it was follicular. Hope you are OK.
I can guarantee there is such a thing as gluten withdrawal! I've HAD it. And just read the posts on this board & see how many have gone through it. It's REAL & it EXISTS! If you haven't gone through gluten withdrawal then you are a rare bird & it does happen sometimes. I am overjoyed that you were spared the misery of that. Seriously, I mean that in all sincerity.
Squirmingitch: thank you for the link. I had no idea that DH could present after going gluten-free. It seems like most people go gluten-free because of the rash vs. develop the rash as an effect of accidental exposure after having been gluten-free. Does your rash get irritated by sea salt? I hope it's not 10 years! – however the antibodies staying in the skin explains the mysterious outbreaks. Weird!
Jane: Sorry about the pictures! The majority of my rash is on my butt, therefore I don't have many pictures of it to show. I've followed some of your threads and I am so sorry the doctors haven't been more understanding/helpful/knowledgable. It seems like the skin biopsy also has a very high false neg. rate. I do hope you find a competent doctor. I hope your rash has gotten better?
diandliam:Thanks for the warning about the sals. I will definitely look into it if my rash doesn't calm down. Baths seem to work better for me, too. Yes, nothing like being woken by a stupid itch. It seems to have a mind of its own. And why nighttime?!
I think I'll try eliminating some more of the processed food and see if that helps, too.
I don't use sea salt. there is differing info. on whether sea salt is low iodine or not. I play it safe by using non-iodized salt. Just like the iodized salt you buy but on the container it states "plain salt"; "this salt does not supply iodine, a necessary nutrient". And iodine is linked to being a catalyst for dh flares. So iodine is where you would want to look first for controlling the flares. You don't want to go low iodine (li) for more than about 2 weeks at the time. But you can safely eliminate seafood from your diet until all those icky antibodies are out of your skin. Go here for info. on li: http://www.thyca.org/ click on low iodine cookbook --- I think it's page 11 or 13 that gives info. on low, med. & high iodine foods.
Sals ---- You mentioned processed foods ---- VERY high in sals are all processed foods. Look through the threads here on the dh forum or put sals or salicylates in the search box & you will find links for that.
You would be surprised who develops the rash after going gluten-free! I was surprised. A number of celiacs who have been gluten-free sometimes for years end up over here in the dh forum when they get glutened & break out in their first experience with dh. Personally, I wonder & tend to believe that almost every celiac would eventually present with dh if they were not on a gluten-free diet. But that's just a hypotheses I have.
Yeah boy! We ALL hope the antibodies don't take 10 years to disappear! BTW, did you know that dh is called the "suicidal itch"? Uh, yeah! And I can relate. I often wonder what people in the 15, 16, 17, 1800's who had bad dh managed to live & not go insane. They had no idea it was related to eating gluten. Those poor souls.
I have found that nighttime is not the only time it gets really bad. I am fond of naps. The dh itches when I take a nap too. I often get a few new blisters or "insect bite" type of presentation when I've been down for a nap. Happens every time. Makes me not want naps anymore. What is it about sleeping or is it being prone that makes dh go nuts?????!!!!!!
I also wish you a great night's sleep; please wish me one, too. I am in the same boat as you and have been trying to maintain a strictly gluten free diet since the last of Feb. - the first of Mar. My rash wakes me up nightly with horrible itching and pain.
In many ways, it seems that my symptoms have worsened, especially peripheral neuropathy and this rash. I have been unable to find a dr. who would biopsy my rash--gastrointerologist thinks it is DH but won't treat it; endocrinologist thinks it is ezcema but wants a dermatologist to treat; dermatologist has been on maternity leave since April and will be untll October. (OMG!! I was lucky to get to take my 6 weeks of leave that I had saved with each of mine!! Yes, I know; sour grapes!! LOL)
I really don't know what to do or whom to see. I am ready to get well.
I also had drs. who wanted to dismiss my celiac disease because I am overweight. As per my most recent blood tests, my iron levels are okay, but my red blood cells are way low. The endo said this was "puzzling" but offered no advice. He also did not do a vitamin k test and acted as though I had grown horns when I asked if he had and if he would. even though I have broken capillaries over ~ 1/2 of my body. I have been anemic most of my adult life and was even referred to a hemotologist even though the referral got lost and I never got an appt. I do drink a good amount of red wine, which could possibly explain the iron levels being near normal.
Does anyone have advice????
Why do you want a doctor's dx of your dh? From what I understand, you have been diagnosed with celiac disease. So I don't understand why you feel it necessary to get an official dx of dh. You have been gluten-free for 2 months now. Even if you found a great derm well versed in dh then a biopsy would likely turn up negative. You need to be consuming gluten for the best chance of a positive biopsy. If you have celiac disease & an intensely itchy rash that is worst at night then it's pretty much assured it's dh.
You only quote 2 tests there. Were there more than that? Here is the FULL celiac blood panel: Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgA Anti-Gliadin (AGA) IgG Anti-Endomysial (EMA) IgA Anti-Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG) IgA Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG Total Serum IgA The DGP test was added recently to the full panel. If you didn't get all those tests then you didn't really get tested for celiac disease.
My hubs broke out in obvious dh & he floated in the river of De Nial even though I kept telling him. And he's seen how I've suffered. Of course he had all kinds of excuses. "It's where the back of my legs touch the edge of the chair". "It's because I wash both my hands so much". "It's right where the tongue of my tennis shoes hits". On EACH leg? On EACH hand? On EACH foot? And so on & so forth. I poked & I prodded & I beat my head against a brick wall. I told him all the things that added up in his family & with himself. Still, he held out. Know what finally did it? After about 2 months of these big lesions I asked him why he thought they didn't get infected if they were "something else"? With dh there are so many antibodies in your skin, it would take a whole army of germs to get infected. That's what finally made him see the light. That, and he finally admitted he was tired of feeling like he'd rolled in poison ivy.
Tomorrow marks one month he is gluten-free. Never had withdrawal symptoms. Thank heavens!!!!!!!!!! I don't know if my sanity could have withstood it.