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Celiac, CFS, Hypotension – To Keep Up, Jump…

friends

No, not literally.  It may wear you out and frankly, you won’t get anywhere.

Okay friends, strangers I hope will become friends, and anybody else who’s interested.  I’m trying to transition our Living Chronically blog over to it’s new and more “Lori friendly” home.  After you’ve made that all important leap of faith, I’d love for you to join in.  Please click on “The Committed” button to join in and I’ll be able to jump back and visit you some time as well!  If, for some unknown reason, you aren’t comfy doing that, you can click on “The Alternative” button.  I and my other blogger friends won’t have the pleasure of seeing your pretty profile on my blog.  But, hey, whatever floats your boat.  The important thing here is to jump.

Ready?  Here’s where you make the  JUMP See you there!

P.S. Please be kind.  It’s a work in progress and beauty sometimes takes it’s own sweet time.

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Spring Break and Gluten

Spring break is over and we are slowly returning to our “normal” lifestyle.  I spent a few days visiting my mom in North Carolina and upon returning on Monday, was faced with a very dirty house, a huge pile of dirty laundry, something vaguely but not quite resembling banana pudding in the refrigerator, bills, a doctor’s appointment this morning and did I mention a huge pile of laundry?

First, the week passed with no signs of protest from Jessie concerning her father’s trip to Virginia.  I was amazed and quite honestly a bit frightened.  When things go too smoothly, something new is ALWAYS lurking around the corner.  Thankfully, it was a good week off.

We went to visit our brand new Georgia gastroenterologist this morning for a little meet and greet.  (You know you’re seeing too many doctors when your child asks which part of her body we will be discussing today.)  We are entering our favorite zone, “Experiment Land” yet again.  Jessie was ALL OVER this one.  Amazingly, she has already forgotten our little experiment with her medication last month.  Kids – how soon they forget.

Anyway, the doctor looked over her previous endoscopy and bloodwork and noted that the Virginia doctor had doubts as to whether the diagnosis should be Celiac Disease.  The biopsy was positive and the bloodwork was iffy.  He said that if there is any question, the only way to be sure is to consume gluten and see what happens.  If her symptoms return, well, you get the picture.  If not, then Jessie gives him a little blood in a month and he runs the tests to see what they show.  I side with the doctor on this reasoning.  This is a lifelong diagnosis, so you’d better be pretty darned certain that you are on the money before giving up an entire food group.

Moving along.  First, Jessie literally told this little doctor that she loved him.  Her mouth proceeded to water so much that she could hardly form her words.  He quickly added that by tomorrow, she may do a complete 180 on her opinion of him. Next, as soon as he left the room, she decided what she has missed more than anything else.  It was a no-brainer – Panera Bread.  Think about it.  If a person has, possibly, a one-shot chance to have gluten for maybe the very last time in her life, she should get what she desires.  

Thanks to the trusty Garmin we’ve lovingly named Myrtle, Jessie and I located the nearest Panera and headed 7 miles in the opposite direction of the doctor’s office, which was 10 miles from our house to find the coveted cinnamon crunch bagels.  We anxiously arrive at Panera only to find that they had SOLD OUT of the darned things.  Not to be out done, Myrtle promptly located the next Panera Bread which, may I add, is 8 more miles south.  This time a little light bulb lit up and we called to see that they had what we wanted.  They did!  We drove literally into the city of Atlanta (which is a BEAR) to get these stupid bagels – excuse me – delicious bagels.  Jessie was then terrified to eat one, so she smelled it all the way home where she carefully toasted it and sliced it like a pizza.  That was about five hours ago and we haven’t seen anything ugly yet.  We can only hope and pray.  If nothing happens, I have three more with her name on them.

Anyway, that just about sums it up, except for the banana pudding.  I don’t know what happened.  All I can say is that was unrecognizable, the pudding itself never set up and was an odd brown color.  It went bye-bye.

Have a nice evening!

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Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake and GF Oatmeal Cookies

 

It's not great staging, but doesn't it look yummy???

It's not great staging, but doesn't it look yummy???

I’ve just tackled Jessie, held her down and tickled her with the cat’s tail until she shed her secrets for the “to die for” strawberry shortcake and oatmeal cookies.  Okay, I didn’t REALLY do that.  She was just in a generous mood.  

Turns out that she’s gotten the shortcake recipe from RecipeZaar.com (her favorite source).  I’ve typed up the recipe and linked it here under the GF Recipe tab as well as to RecipeZaar.com.

The oatmeal cookie recipe is one of our staples around here and Jessie usually has to hide the evidence or else the cookies disappear way too quickly.  Jes says that you can freeze these cookies (I’ll know where to look next time) and that they are also great crumbled onto ice cream.  YUM!

Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Corn Chowder and Southern Cornbread

Click on the recipe tab across the top or directly to your right.  I’ve just added one of our household staples, gluten-free corn chowder.  Combine it with the gluten-free southern cornbread and a salad and you’ve got a terrific meal in less than an hour.  It’s warm comfort on those cold February evenings.  This one rocks.  Enjoy!

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I’m beginning to add gluten-free recipes and products.

I am still getting used to this blog and how it works, so it’s taken me a bit longer to figure out the best way to add gluten-free recipes and gluten-free products.  I think that I’ve found a way that seems to work.  Be sure to click on
GF Products That Don’t Suck and GF Recipes.  

Check back often or better yet subscribe to see what is added.  My daughter is an awesome baker.  Unfortunately it’s like pulling teeth to get the recipes out of her, so I can, at best, do about one a day!  Please check out the things I’ve listed and feel free to offer feedback.  I happily welcome advise and constructive criticism.

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