Friday, September 14, 2012

Just a note to say...

Gluten testing is the stupidest thing under the sun.

I've been gluten-free for at least a year now, and had been limiting my gluten intake for a long time prior.  And when I finally decide to go see a doctor to get an official diagnosis (because there is a big difference between celiac disease gluten intolerance, even though they have the same symptoms) what do I have to do?

Oh.  Eat gluten.  For a month.

Yep.  With all the advancements in medicine we have, I still have to POISON myself in order for them to figure out I have an allergy.

At first, I was scared of how sick I was about to get.  Then I got excited.  To be honest, there are TONS of foods I really miss that are hard (or impossible) to find gluten-free versions of:  Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, hot pretzels, cinnamon buns...I made a list.  I figured, if I had to be sick for a month, I might as well make it a delicious month.

Today was day three.  And OH MY GOD.  No way.  Based on the intense pains I felt this evening (which of course struck at work, of all places, so I was hobbling around all crippled-like and had to borrow a stool to sit on for the end of my shift) I honestly don't think I have it in me to do this for another WEEK, let alone a month.  It seems that heavily processed foods (Oreo's, chocolate chip cookies) give me less serious reactions--but whatever hit me today really knocked me for a loop.

It's insane to me that  I have to make myself sick in order to get a diagnosis.  I'm calling the doctor again tomorrow and hopefully they can work with me somehow--move my appointment up, or have me eat gluten for only the week prior to the testing, or something.

But regardless, my mom and I are still indulging in some mall pretzels this weekend.  I figure those are pretty heavily processed.  ;)

Anyone else out there done this "Celiac Challenge"?

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