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louie

Member Since 04 Jun 2005
Offline Last Active Jul 22 2005 12:15 PM
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In Topic: Adventures In Celiac World

11 July 2005 - 08:07 PM

:lol: LOL, oh, that was just what i needed ! Glad to know I'm not alone

Just two weeks ago I was waiting in the checkout with a trolley full of groceries and of course, I started to break out in a sweat and knew I had to dash.
My daughter was with me and since this is not a rare occurence I bolted to the loo and left her to pay.

well lets just say things were worse than I anticipated and I was taking some time (and yes I do the double flush too!)
next thing i know my mobile phone goes off ( set on the loudest volume, with an inspiring piece of military music!)

and of course I can't find it quickly because 1) i'm otherwise occupied and 2) who can find anything in the bottoom of my handbag?
can you imagine how much a mobile phone echoes in a place like that?

anyway it was my daughter ringing to see where i was & if I was OK becauae I was taking longer than usual.

needless to say I waited even longer until I thought the coast was clear before leaving

cheers louie :)

In Topic: Anxiety Meds

12 June 2005 - 01:00 PM

I'll declare my bias upfront here, I work in the mental health field I see lot of clients with anxiety and depression, some on medications, some not,
the drugs do have different effects on people and if you decide to take them give them a fair go to see if the inital effects settle down after a few weeks.

In my experience (and in a sweeping generalisation!!) i've noticed most people on the medications who get psychological treatment improve faster because they are better able to concentrate on doing the work needed for treatment. people not on medications also usually improve with good treatment but it's a bit slower and more difficult to begin with. i t also depened on how severe theier anxiety and depression is.

If people just take the medications and don't get psychological treatment many don't actually change anything, if they come off the drugs then they may feel just as bad because they haven't addressed the problems, they've 'just medicated the way the feel, depending on the issues.
Some people need to stay on medications for good, and that doesn't mean their a failure, if it works use it. A minimun of 6 months on medications before trying to stop taking them give's them time to get treatment.

if you can afford it, find a good psychologist, generalised anxiety disorder,panic attacks and depression are all very treatable. I myself have sufferred depression and anxiety attacks. I couldn't take medication as I had terrible reactions to it. (so I became a 'shrink' instead! :P )

just be careful though that you are not made to feel that celiac and allergies etc are not all in your head or that you are being oversensitive about your diet. (I have come across these types and enjoy correcting them!! ) If doctors don't know much about celiacs then psychologists know even less.

it is quiet realsitic that people with a serious disease get anxiety and depression, celiac disease affects your entire family and way of life everyday, It takes quiet a lot of adjusting to and often our families and freinds do not understand. often people have been depressed due to years of being really sick & malnourished, having tons of tests and being told there is nothing wrong or getting the wrong diagnosis.

anyway I've had my rant! :rolleyes:
I can put together a list of books I use with clients later and add to the post if you are interested

cheers
Louie :D

In Topic: Where To Go From Here?

10 June 2005 - 03:00 PM

It can be really overwhelming at first but it will get easier, this is a great site and there are plenty of people here who will happliy answer any questions you have

A few tips that helped me:

many people find that they need to cut out milk for the first 3-6 months and then reintroduce it,

While you are still trying to learn about it all think about basing your diet on fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and brown rice, then you can add foods and get more creative as you learn more and find products that are gluten free.

set aside some time to go to the shops and just read a lot of labels so you can find gluten-free products also try online shops such as the gluten free mall

a lot of people who work in health food shops or who give nutirional advice are NOT experts in celaics disease so be careful of whose advice you take.

Cleaning out the panty, fridge cupboards and changing over the staples (eg. salt, gravy, sauces, stock, cereals, flours) for gluten free versions will help you to get familar with whats available.
seperating the the gluten free and gluten containing foods helps the rest of the family to learn about what can be used, label them if you need to unitl everone is familar with what cant and can't be used
have seperate spreads (butter, jam, peanut butter, etc) that are labelled, and a seperate toaster,

I'll leave others to recommend cookbooks because I hate to cook so I just adapt recipes that I like and buy gluten free baked products.

with websites just be cautious and critical of what you read, i have found this website to have good advice and contain accurate information,
some other sites I have looked at have been a mixed bag with some questionable information, I'm sure there are other good sites but i'm just not familar with them

it will become clearer with time, just keep asking questions till you get the answers you need

cheers :D

Louie

In Topic: Help! Glutened By A Friend!

10 June 2005 - 02:20 PM

I've been glutened by well meaning friends, especially when I was first diagnosed, I've even had friends buying food that they think is gluten free for me and then I'm apologsing for not being able to eat it which is embarressing, but at the end of the day it's my stomach thats going to ache, not thiers.

I ended up just telling people that it's a very complicated diet , i can basically only eat plain meat, rice vegetables and fruits with no sauces/ dressings, and this seems to have worked well with my friends

I just hate it when I go somewhere and what I can and can't eat becomes the main topic of conversation, I'm someone who hates being the centre of attention at the best of times and sometimes people just start asking questions and coming up with all kinds of useless advice and recipes that are not gluten free, suddenly everyones an expert of celiac!

I've become good at changing the topic when this happens.

I have one freind who I will take food from she is Italian and used to cook for a resaturant and her food is FANTASTIC!!
she makes everything from scratch (even stock!) and is fanatical about getting my food gluten free.

In my last year of uni when I was going crazy trying to finish my hons dissertation on time, she arrived at my house with 2 weeks worth of frozen gluten free Italian meals :D

In Topic: Short Survey

08 June 2005 - 04:24 PM

Sex: Female

Age: 42

Date started gluten free diet: august 1999

Suffer from the following on a regular basis since starting treatment:
Constipation, only if dont eat enough fruit
Diarrhoea if get glutened and if too much milk or chocolate
Abdominal pain if get glutened
Indigestion never
Acid reflux never
Other related problems before diagnosis skin irritations and allergies, depression, brain fog, miscarriage & pregnancy problems