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Adalaide last won the day on August 24 2014

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I'll start with vital stats. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, in the Pennsylvania Dutch area and surrounded by many small Amish communities. I have two daughters who are 15 and 17, but unfortunately my relationship with their father didn't work out. They live in Arkansas now which is great for them. They're each looking at graduating valedictorian of their class and crack a lot of hillbilly jokes. I now live in Utah and am happily married to an amazing man. Not able to have children of our own we got a bunny to parent together. For now we live in Orem, Utah which is a city but I have found the more city I get, the more I want. I am eager to buy a condo and move up to Salt Lake City eventually. (I don't do the whole yard thing, you wouldn't get me behind a lawnmower with a gun to my head)

I'm got my diagnosis just before my birthday in January 2012. I've been sick enough to be debilitated for about 3 years and am hoping I'll start feeling at least a little better soon. I realize as I look over my medical history that I've been constantly sick since I was a toddler, maybe even before that. Three years ago, a week before my first anniversary, I noticed mysterious swelling in one of my ankles. Thus began my quick progression from happy, active, ambitious woman to the cellar dweller who can barely get out of bed at least half the days in a week. A workplace injury in the fall of 2009 that lead to knee surgery didn't really help matters.

It was completely by mistake I was diagnosed with celiac. In September of 2011 I woke in the middle of the night feeling like I took a baseball bat to my ribs. I took some ibuprofen and went back to bed only to have the pain continually worsen. An hour later I had pain lancing through my back and shoulder blades and with every breath I felt like I was being stabbed in the bottom of my right lung. Anyone who's been through it will recognize the tell tale signs of a defective gallbladder, but I was questioning at that point if I'd be alive to see the sun rise. After a 4 AM trip to the ER, an ultrasound and being drugged entirely senseless I went home hoping I could get surgery scheduled. I was still jumping through hoops when I spent 3 nights in the ER the week before Christmas and was finally admitted for emergency surgery on December 23.

Now I'm not the kind of person who ever does anything halfway, so I wasn't surprised when the doctor told me I had a complete blockage of my duct and would need and ERCP the following day to have the offending stone removed. The doctor who did the ERCP did a biopsy and called a week later to tell me that it "suggests" I have celiac.

I thought I was happy in the spring of 2011 when the doctor said it was fibromyalgia. At that point I was clinging to any hope, any name, any treatment I could get. The medication didn't do more than get me out of bed 1 or 2 more days a week but I was grasping anything I could get at that point. After the initial shock and first few weeks of anger and frustration at how unfair this is I am seeing the upside to celiac. There is effective treatment and I am completely in control of that aspect of my health. With fibromyalgia I was hopeless and condemned to a life of agony and fatigue.

The upside to all of this is that I was finally pushed to get a little education under my belt at a local tech college (at which I now sub for the course I completed) and start my own business. Providing secretarial services from home I can work when I want and never have to worry about not feeling well enough to stand for 5 minutes so I can shower in the morning. I can work in my pajamas until I feel a little better. If I'm up at 3 in the morning I can work. If anyone is interested n checking out what I do, my website is http://clarksecretar...ons.weebly.com/. For now I mostly do work for some local business owners and am hoping to get some flyers out at the local universities as soon as I have a day I'm feeling up to spending a few hours walking around a campus.

  1. Coffee cake makes any dinner exciting. We had Velveeta shells & cheese, corn on the cob, and burgers on sesame seed buns for supper. Cantaloupe with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert.
  2. I saw someone else say this recently so I'm not the only one but I call those nights "chopped" nights. Check the fridge and throw whatever is in there in supper. It was actually watching lots of that show that made me more adventurous in the kitchen. I'm never afraid to try new things now and I'm...
  3. If you make it with Italian sausage and a pizza cheese blend it's really good too. You can even add a little diced pepperoni or cut some up to add to it when you do that. I recommend adding a bit of Italian seasoning when you do this too. Don't ask how much, I just eyeball things around here.
  4. I know a family that is gluten-free for their kid who has autism. Some people are gluten-free because it helps with other AI diseases or other conditions they have besides celiac. If they can enjoy this pizza and not suffer any issues from it, more power to them. Especially the kids, because being...
  5. I used to be a huge Papa Murphy's fan. I still get texts from them so my husband can get their pizzas, which he cooks in his mother's kitchen. (That crap ain't going in my oven.) Last week I got a text for bogo pizza and we went in and our pizzas had a flyer on them for the Udi's crusts. Every store...
  6. The recipe for dinner rolls in the ATK book is easy and they are absolutely mouthwatering. I can not recommend enough getting that book, it isn't the only recipe in it that you'll be glad you have.
  7. I'm feeling slightly better. I'm managing to get out of bed a little at least, but I think I'm sticking to soup still for the day. Unfortunately this means making myself semi-presentable and dragging myself to the store or waiting til my husband comes home tonight to go for me but I'd rather just...
  8. My very generous husband shared his bug with me. Supper got cancelled last night and again tonight. I've been eating soup when I can manage to eat anything and told him he's on his own. Hopefully by Friday night I'll get my orange chicken. That's my plan anyway. Until then it's soup, soup and more...
  9. I've been to Outback a few times over the last couple years and never had a problem. Of course, every location has the potential to be very different but hopefully you'll have a good experience. I think tonight I'm going to finally get to that orange sauce I picked up last week at the Asian...
  10. I didn't like Seinfeld. I have seen lots of it though and he was always awesome. The last episode was epic. "Alright." Bahahahaha!
  11. Arlene... HEY ARLENE!!!!!! I did my video editing today finally. Here ya go! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLU3Tehxm5w&feature=youtu.be BTW, if I didn't say it already, he hugged me.
  12. People have been talking about how they want the summer Olympics here. I see some of those slideshows of the abandoned, awful places after the Olympics are over and how everything falls apart and nothing ever gets used again. That just didn't happen here so people are pretty eager to do the summer...
  13. We do Comic Con in September and FanX in April. If you ever wanna come you can stay with me, it's just an hour train ride up into the city. Stan Lee said we have the best con in the world. (I didn't stand in the line for his panel. Screw that!)
  14. He says that he doesn't even really pay enough attention to know the storyline and his kids have to explain it to him when it airs. So no, sadly no news on it. Although... he wouldn't actually confirm rumors of a reboot of The Tick but he strongly hinted at it!!! :D That should have been the highlight...
  15. I had to run to the store to pick up some cold medicine and OJ for my husband. I grabbed some fish and a bagged salad for myself while I was there for an easy dinner tonight. I'm probably not going to do anything today, just sit and relax and recuperate. Then it's back to working tomorrow, lots to...