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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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Holiday Challenge

This is a short vent. The assisted living my mom is in had a party Thursday night. They have one every month which has been good for the residents and the families. This time, it came right before Easter. I've got to tell them not to put their events so close to a holiday. It's not unusual for the main caregiver to also struggle with their health. There are three of us who are having a tough time. I'm the least of them. It is difficult to pull two events so close together.

Thursday was a difficult day all around. I did my Mom's hair in the morning and then dressed her before the party. She was having an off day and forgot she's on puréed foods. It was not good watching everyone else eating steak. My poor mom. I will never do that again. I stayed extra long so that we could share some better moments before she settled in for the night. Needless to say, it was a stressful evening and my body revolted yesterday. Today, I'm still so fatigued and achy but need to go grocery shopping for tomorrow's Easter supper. My mom expects to have a traditional Easter dinner and I'm tasked with making food we can all eat. So, my Mom's minestrone blended and some sardines will be the order of the day. I'm so sad not to be able to make her Easter more special. I hope her body is nourished by the food.

Time to go pull it together.

An hour later: shopping done, tablecloth and flowers bought. I'm going to rest and will take this in chunks. It won't take a Herculean effort. Just one step at a time. I included berries & goat yogurt to start, avocado for the fish and some expensive chocolate. At least our bellies will be healthy. It is what it is. Might as well make the best of it. We all eat like birds anyway.

Several hours later: a kitchen helper cut the veggies :). We have been rewarded with the most healing bowl of soup. Tomorrow I will gladly share it. Maybe this belongs under "Inspiration" :)

Day after Easter: It was worth it. My mom ate the soup and also enjoyed the berries and goat yogurt. Today, I am zonked. Someday I'll read this and say, "Wow, I was wiped out from making soup?".

Gluten-Free Bread

Well, last night, hubby and I thought we'd treat ourselves to a little gluten-free bread. He had problems after eating it and I'm having issues today. Not leaving the house kind of issues. It's not something that is on my diet and I really didn't think a little gluten-free bread would bother me much. Oh well. Back to eating no grains? Or maybe just not gluten-free bread.

Wondering if this is just temporary or from now on.

4/18: been having bad headaches for several days and have some inflammation. Did take a nice walk today and that's always a good sign.