Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mystery Solved!!

After all of the trouble we've gone through, Danny and I finally have an answer as to why I've been sick all this time!
The last three months have been just about the weirdest and, physically, the worst of my life so far. Most people know I had my gall bladder out at the end of November because I was so sick. That worked for a little while, but pretty soon the pain was back and getting worse day by day. When I asked my surgeon why his procedure didn't work, he recommended I go get an upper endoscopy and hope that it showed me something more useful.
So I went in last Tuesday and got it done. Two days later my doctor called to say she'd found something, but she wanted me to come in for a blood test to make sure. Yesterday she called and told me I have celiac!
Celiac is when your small intestine reacts badly to gluten, the protien found in wheat, rye, barley, and a few other things. It hurts the villi on the walls of the intestine, which make it impossible for them to absorb nutrients from the food I eat. Basically, the more gluten I eat, the more malnourished I become. The only way to fix it is to go on a completely gluten-free diet! That sounds kinda sucky (no bread, no cookies, etc.) but it's pretty easy compared to living in pain. In a few months, my insides will have fully healed and I'll feel a lot better!
I don't know how long I've had this problem, but I'll have it for the rest of my life. It's getting pretty easy to live with, though. It's becoming a more common allergy these days, so restaraunts and grocery stores are becoming more knowledgable and starting to carry a lot more gluten-free foods. My older brother has it too, so I've got a lot of family help and support. Danny has been amazing putting up with me over the last few months (I make just about the worst sick person that ever lived - I'm a pain!) and we're both glad to have a solution! I'm relieved this is all that's wrong and that it's so easy to fix!
Man, life is weird, huh?