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It Is A Huge Deal! It Is Not A Big Deal? (My Plan)

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Hi guys. 

I'm less of a spazzzz  about it now... I think.  I appreciate all the time and thought so many of you put into helping me cope one week into this diagnoses.     Now I found myself thinking, this is a huge deal!!  Wait, maybe this isn't a big deal after all.     I'm confused.   Is it what you make of it? 

The food at home is not a problem for me at all.  I'm super used to eating healthy and I'm the one that brings the veggie and fruit trays to picnics with friends.  No biggie.  My house is going gluten free and we are dumping all the cooking stuff that is plastic or wood and replacing the toaster and stuff like that.    The restaurant thing is what is making me nervous.   I've found some help with real life celiacs and they seem to tell me that you take the precautions at restaurants that you should, you don't eat food that is iffy but then you live your life.  Basically saying it was okay to order a salad and baked potato (bringing my own dressing in my purse--which I've done for years anyway) telling the wait staff your needs and then enjoy your meal.   Does that sound right?

Here is my plan.  Can I have some  thoughts on this?

Live day by day until I have:
-uterine ablation (what started this mess---scheduled June 11th)
-Meet with GI (still haven't seen her---sigh...waiting to be called with appt)
- Have endo for damage.

 

-After that, clean out kitchen and eat gluten-free 100%

-Trust labels on foods (this is a big issue for me.   So many scare me about that reading here/books and I don't want to be that way.  The real life celiac friends (2 of them) say I should trust labels)
-Find 5-6 restaurants that I feel like I can trust.  Tip well, get to know manager.

-Make it through beach trip with family/friends

-Make it through cruise in July with husband and friends (super scared of gluten-free on the carnival cruise)

-Test children

Continue this until 6-8 months from official gluten-free start.   Have new blood panel and check levels.  If negative or dropping decently continue on path.  If not, sink into deep depression.  (Not really....but I'm fearful of that).

If all goes well then I will look into another endo 12-18 months later.


Sorry for typos.   3 year old on lap.


Thoughts on any of this?
 

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Hi guys. 

I'm less of a spazzzz  about it now... I think.  I appreciate all the time and thought so many of you put into helping me cope one week into this diagnoses.     Now I found myself thinking, this is a huge deal!!  Wait, maybe this isn't a big deal after all.     I'm confused.   Is it what you make of it? 

The food at home is not a problem for me at all.  I'm super used to eating healthy and I'm the one that brings the veggie and fruit trays to picnics with friends.  No biggie.  My house is going gluten free and we are dumping all the cooking stuff that is plastic or wood and replacing the toaster and stuff like that.    The restaurant thing is what is making me nervous.   I've found some help with real life celiacs and they seem to tell me that you take the precautions at restaurants that you should, you don't eat food that is iffy but then you live your life.  Basically saying it was okay to order a salad and baked potato (bringing my own dressing in my purse--which I've done for years anyway) telling the wait staff your needs and then enjoy your meal.   Does that sound right?

Here is my plan.  Can I have some  thoughts on this?

Live day by day until I have:

-uterine ablation (what started this mess---scheduled June 11th)

-Meet with GI (still haven't seen her---sigh...waiting to be called with appt)

- Have endo for damage.

 

-After that, clean out kitchen and eat gluten-free 100%

-Trust labels on foods (this is a big issue for me.   So many scare me about that reading here/books and I don't want to be that way.  The real life celiac friends (2 of them) say I should trust labels)

-Find 5-6 restaurants that I feel like I can trust.  Tip well, get to know manager.

-Make it through beach trip with family/friends

-Make it through cruise in July with husband and friends (super scared of gluten-free on the carnival cruise)

-Test children

Continue this until 6-8 months from official gluten-free start.   Have new blood panel and check levels.  If negative or dropping decently continue on path.  If not, sink into deep depression.  (Not really....but I'm fearful of that).

If all goes well then I will look into another endo 12-18 months later.

Sorry for typos.   3 year old on lap.

Thoughts on any of this?

 

Sounds great.  Just remember:  No croutons on the salad (don't pick them off if they forgot) and request your baked potato UN-cut (you don't know where the knife has been).  Lastly, always let them know that you have a Medical Diet (they should write that on the order) and cannot have wheat, barley and rye so the Kitchen knows to be careful of contamination.  

 

It is a big deal and not such a big deal.  The big is this is a serious disease and should be treated as such.  The not so big is living a gluten free lifestyle.  It will become your new normal and become routine.  

 

Good Luck to you.

 

Colleen

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What a great plan!

I think your cruise will be fine. I notified my cruise line (RC) via email. They suggested meeting with the dining room manager as soon as we board ship. We plan on eating every meal in the dining room. We did that before we were diagnosed. I want someone to wait on me all the time! Bringing snacks with me for port stops just in case.

Heading out for the beach with 14 family and friends this weekend. We are the gluten-free family, but others have some picky eaters. Every family cooks for themselves and we share chips, ice cream, and drinks (I just put out enough and hold back some for us). With kids, it is not just CC, but sand contamination! Ugh!

It is not so bad! Glad you are feeling better.

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