2012 and beyond …

2012 was pretty uneventful. I plugged along. Using every spare moment I had to research and learn about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  2012 was the year I decided that heck, maybe I should jump on the gluten free wagon as well. Now, now, don’t be so quick to judge … I’m not a slow learner, just really stubborn. And, food was, well, my comfort. I loved (and still do to this day) the smell of freshly baked bread out of the oven. And, even though I made all that yummy delicious gluten free stuff for the kids, I didn’t eat it because I didn’t think I was worth the extra money. Seriously, that was my mentality. Maybe it was the years of sleep deprivation that made me think that I couldn’t possibly be intolerant to all the foods as well. I was in denial people! So yes, 2012 was my year in a way.  I swore off gluten completely … no more cheating. (Yes, I had tried to be GF for a while, but the bread always called out to me!) So, yes, no more cheating. I also dropped the dairy.  I felt incredible. Continue reading “2012 and beyond …”

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The Naturopath

After taking Mr. O off dairy … I thought I’d won.  We’d had one night of sleeping through the night and I was ecstatic. I felt like a walking zombie and just one night of him sleeping through the night was enough for me … but after a week he was back on more antibiotics for tonsillitis. I knew that I couldn’t figure this one out alone … I called a naturopath. Our first appointment was in March 2011. In was in awe of her vast knowledge base immediately and I felt very overwhelmed. The moment Mr. O walked in the door she talked about him being Celiac or gluten intolerant. She knew it immediately and I knew that there was going to be a lot of work in the future and a lot of learning on my part. She immediately tested him for IgG allergies. His tests came back saying he was intolerant to gluten, peanuts, dairy, citrus, and eggs. I was shocked and I really didn’t know where to turn. But, she was (and still is) an amazing doctor. She told me to take my time in absorbing all this new information, but to get him off these foods. I took two days to organize my plan of attack and then we knocked off all the foods that he was intolerant to. From that moment on, he was a completely different kid.  He stopped banging his head on the floor profusely, the black circles around his eyes disappeared, he never had another cold, tonsillitis or ear infection, he was sleeping MUCH better and most importantly he was SOOOO happy!   Continue reading “The Naturopath”

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