Jan 29, 2014

Doctor Appointment

For years I have dealt with stomach problems.
For long as I can remember, I've always been one of those people that take awhile in the bathroom. Also, whenever I ate something, I would feel really nauseous after a few hours.
A few years ago, it started getting worse. The doctors thought I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and told me to eat more fiber, take some Pepto Bismol when I got diarrhea, and I can take over the counter Emetrol for nausea.
I was tired of feeling like shit all of the time and having to buy Pepto Bismol every week, as well as the Emetrol, so I went back to the doctor and I had a few more tests done.

After having some tests done, the doctor concluded that I have Celiac disease. For those that are not familiar with Celiac disease, it is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possible oats (www.wikipedia.com). So essentially, my intestines are inflamed and I'm feeling like shit because of gluten. 

So what does this mean?
I now have to learn to be gluten-free. 

Now I love bread, pasta, beer and just about everything else that has gluten in it so I have been doing a ton of research on starting a gluten-free lifestyle. 
Thankfully Pinterest has been a great resource as well as GlutenFree.com and some other friends that are gluten-free. 
If you're following gluten-free, do you have any advice? What is your favorite recipe? All advice is welcome!!!
Jan 28, 2014

Randomness

Well life has been so crazy lately.
I've been dealing with some health issues, a completely full semester this time around, a busy and hectic work schedule, all the while dealing with other crap.
So here's the last month in bullets!!

  • I've had some stomach issues going on for a few years now and I finally went to the doctor to get it looked at. I wasn't happy with the diagnosis, but that's for another time. 
  • I'm taking a full semester load because I love to torture myself I guess. I'm taking Anatomy and Physiology 2, Medical Terminology, Intro to Lit (to fulfil the stupid general elective portion of my general liberal arts portion), and Sociology. So yeah, I've been busy. 
  • I recently took my entrance exam for the nursing school program and scored decently. I then mailed out the application Saturday. I'm so nervous. 
  • I'm not going to be doing some over night shifts at work because a few people quit. It will work out in the end because I'll have more time to do homework since it's not that busy during the overnights. Plus, I get away from an awful co-worker that I can't stand working with. Yay! 
  • I've been doing extensive research on a new lifestyle that I'll be talking about at a later time. It has to do with my doctor appointment. 
  • I'm so sick and tired of the cold. It's been 50 degrees in Alaska, yet 35 below with the windchill in Minnesota. That's bullshit. Where's the hot weather so I can start bitching about it being hot again? 
  • I'm really tired of the drama back at home in Alaska regarding the death of Poppy. My husband's mother and aunts have been awful to each other and the will needs to be read so they can all go their separate ways. I'm so tired of being put in the middle and hearing all the fucking bullshit. 
  • I want to sleep. I want to sleep all.day.long.
I'll be back to my normal self. I promise.
Have a great week Blogarinos :)
 

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