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

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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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We’re Told That The Party’s Over. Wanna Bet?…

She repeats, "Gluten is my enemy. Gluten is my enemy..."

She repeats, "Gluten is my enemy. Gluten is my enemy..."

We received the official call today.  Stomach Doc says, “Tell Jessie that the party’s over.”

In anticipation of the expected call, the kitchen has been restocked with gluten free pasta, Bob’s Red Mill flour, etc.  We’re not trying to fool anyone here.  We knew it would end.  C’est la vie.

BUT…  Refusing to give up hope, accepting that the party is, in fact, over is just not right in our book!  Hail to the party!  The party shall NEVER be over, we feverishly cry.

So, we will happily collect the gluten-free supplies for the pantry, FOREVER attempting to create that perfect gluten-free cupcake.  Party over?  We think not!  Who needs stinky old gluten anyway?  (Well, mom here does, from time to time.  But we’ll just keep that as our little secret, won’t we?)

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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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What’s With the Gluten-Free Metallic Taste?

 

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What is with this metallic taste?

Please tell me.  If you happen to be an experienced gluten-free baker, please tell me why are our baked items coming up metallic?  You can almost see a silvery sheen in the light!

Jessie has tried several batches of cornbread which turned out metallic.  We threw out the flour and started again.  It only happens with gluten-free recipes.  It’s not the oven or the baking dish.  The same thing happened when she tried baking brownies.  

I am beginning to wonder if xanthan gum may be a common denominator. However, what do we use as a substitute?  We are calling out into the worldwide web searching for a solution to our dilemma?  Any thoughts out there in gluten-free internet land?

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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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I’m So Ashamed

WooHoo for warmer weather!
WooHoo for warmer weather!
And picnics with friends...
And picnics with friends…

And roasted marshmallows!

And roasted marshmallows!

Before talking about the wonderful springtime weather, allow me to confess.  I glutened my daughter.  No, I didn’t do it on purpose and it doesn’t make much sense, but the fact remains that Jessie was glutened by her own mother.  

One night this past week we had pork chops and rice for dinner.  The next day Jessie told me that she had cramped really badly that night.  No other symptoms, but she knew that it was the same cramping she’d experienced before.  We mentally went through the entire recipe and there was nothing.  The only difference was that I’d just purchased Kroger brand basmati rice which was different that the brand I had been using.  Sue me.  I tried to save a few bucks.  

Fast forward to last night.  We had chinese.  (This is no joke.  I am a fabulous cook of chinese cuisine.  Jeff is beginning to call me Lori-son while doing his best oriental imitation.)  I said that we were going to have the rice, so if Jessie had cramps again, we’d know that it was the rice.  Sure enough, it was worse for her last night (sparing gory details here), but thank goodness by morning it had passed and she felt better.  The only thing I can figure is that the rice is processed in a plant that also processes wheat products and it was cross contaminated.  Golly, I’m sticking with the expensive rice from here on out.  Even when you think you’re safe, you just never know about those sneaky gluten attacks.  

It’s Sunday now and Jessie told me that, overall, the headaches have been pretty bad this week.  This morning she is feeling better with no tiredness, achy muscles or joints OR headaches.  It’s been five days now since she stopped taking the other two prescription medicines that she’s taken for over three years.  Every morning I wake up wondering if she will have a major crash.  Well duh, that was a stupid remark.  It’s really no different from any other morning in the past three years.

Now for the cheerful springtime talk.  It’s been beautiful here this weekend with temperatures in the mid 70s.  Jeff and I stopped off after church at Wally-World to pick up tennis balls (one canister for us and another for our dog, Sophie) and he’s taking Jessie down to the tennis court this afternoon to send a few of those new tennis balls over the fence.  My irritatingly worrisome self needs to remember to tell Jeff not to let Jessie overdo it. 

Have a good week!

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