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About katiehammond

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  1. Last night I went out of my comfort zone and tried a new restaurant, Tin Drum Asian Cafe. I ordered the sweet and sour stir fry with sauteed chicken from the gluten free menu. The food was delicious, but it wasn't until after I had devoured ALL of the chicken that I realized the chicken was not sauteed, but fried. Fried in a gluten-full breading that I have been fearful of for the past 3 and a half months. I do not know why I did not notice that the chicken was fried when they brought out my bowl, but it did not take long afterwards for me to begin to panic. This was the first time since my diagnosis in April that I had eaten a substantial amount of gluten. My usual symptoms of gluten poisoning include dull aching pain in my upper abdomen that begins about 30 minutes after eating and lasts for a few hours. Last night, however, I felt no pain at all! This was exciting, but also confusing. What would cause my body to not react to the gluten this particular time? In the past I have reacted to meals at restaurants where I could not identify the source of the gluten. It doesn't seem to make sense to me. Does this ever happen to anyone else?
  2. Thank you SO MUCH everyone! Sorry I'm just now posting again...still getting used to this forum! But you all have helped so much! It's so comforting to have other people encourage me! I do have a microwave and a fridge in my room! Yesterday I met with one of my professors who is also a dietician and she encouraged me to start a student organization on campus for other students with Celiac. She said there are a lot of us. And our cafeteria is going to start to become much more gluten friendly with labeled menus! She also mentioned that I could meet with the director of food services and ask to get corn chex in the cereal section. Good things are happening! Also, I am currently visiting a friend at her house, and it's been a bit challenging for me to explain that I cannot eat what she is cooking. She's been so nice about it and actually bought me gluten free pancake mix, but I am just curious about what is the right way to tell people that you can't eat the food they make you. I don't like being a nuisance or a burden, that makes me feel uncomfortable. I know I'm going to have to get over that...but are there any good phrases you guys use that are nice, but informative? Thanks again everybody! You all are great!!!
  3. Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Celiac. I tested positive for Celiac with 2 blood tests. I have not had an endoscopy, and my symptoms seem so different from everyone that I have read on here. I have severe abdominal pain after eating gluten for about 2-4 hours, but then it goes away. I have seen that some people stay sick for a few days after, is that just one of the many symptoms that people can have? I know that Celiac has a variety of different symptoms, but I just don't know if I can fully wrap my head around the fact that this is happening to me. Maybe it's a little bit of denial...anyone else have symptoms like me? I'm also in college, with a meal plan and no kitchen to cook. This makes it extremely difficult to avoid all gluten because every time I go into the Caf I am at risk of getting glutened. I have just been googling all the foods that they are serving, but even then, it is buffet style, so I know there is a risk for cross contamination. Anyone have any tips?