You guys, my life changed forever this past weekend!
For the past five years I have struggled with gluten intolerance, or so I thought. After going to the doctor and lots of tests I was told to go on a gluten free diet. That helped for awhile and then things got bad again. At this point it was too late for testing to find out if I was Celiac (you have to have it in your system and knowing that’s what was making me so sick I wasn’t willing to go through with testing).
So I had been on a very strict gluten free diet for five years. It’s gotten pretty easy for me actually, I haven’t minded it after I got used to it.
Then this past year all my GI problems were back and worse than ever. Constantly sick (diarrhea, throwing up, abdominal pain), after more testing we discovered it was my gallbladder. I didn’t have any gallstones but the organ was barely functioning. This was what was causing all these systems for the past five years! My gallbladder was slowly dying and no one knew. Celiac disease actually mimics that of gallbladder disease, so this whole time we all thought I couldn’t eat gluten when it was just my gallbladder not liking me.
Seven weeks after my gallbladder removal I was able to try my first bite of gluten in five years. My anxiety that day was through the freaking roof. I had my husband trick me wth pretzels. I know, sounds ridiculous but I got one bag of GF pretzels and one bag of regular pretzels. Every 20 mins I asked him to give me one (not telling me if it was gf or not). You see, I didn’t want to know which one was the regular one because if I was going to be sick I didn’t want it to be in my head.
Turned out it didn’t matter because even though my husband had tried them both and said they tasted the same, I totally knew. I knew the second I bit down. Oh well, because it turned out an hour after I ate it I felt okay! Some stomach grumbles and a little cramping, but I wasn’t rushing to the bathroom!
This was huge! In the past if I ate gluten within 20-30 minutes I would know. Terrible abdominal pain and instant diarrhea and vomiting (for hours). It was awful. But an hour into this test and that’s all I felt then I’m considering it a win!!
When the 24 hour mark hit and I hadn’t been sick we could officially call this first try as success! Next Friday I will try two bites of something… fighters crossed it goes just as well!! Slowly building my tolerance back up; cannot wait for real beer and real bread!
Thank you to everyone who has helped me along this journey. It’s been a long one and I’m sure at times annoying/difficult for my friends and family and I thank you for your support! Hopefully someday soon I’ll be able to eat normal meals again!