Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Drs. Appointment #2: Diagnosis

Yesterday I went back to my Allergist/Immune Specialist to recieve my blood test results. What the Dr. was about to tell was not what I had expected or wanted to hear. I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which basically means I cannot digest gluten proteins and when I eat gluten I will have a series of internal problems that are typical symptoms that could last up to weeks. My Dr has said that Celiac is still in research to find out if it is genetic or caused by trauma to the nervous system, also I really can't be told how long I have had this. I wouldn't be surprised if I have had it my whole life since I have been suffering from my symptoms for so long. I am happy to finally have some answers and a diagnosis but I am going through some emotions right now. I am not sure where to begin, there is so much to learn and mentally digest. I look forward to tackling this and feeling better. But the big worry right now is we don't have the funds to even re-grocery shop and gluten free foods can add up more expensively than regular foods. I still don't know how we are going to pay for all the Dr bills and blood tests. This has been really stressing me out about our financial bind. I am thankful that Robert has been really understanding and supportive about me needing to find out what has been wrong with me but I can't help but feel guilty for not finding the answers sooner when we had the money to do so. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to do or what to sell, what bills not to pay. I have applied to so many jobs and have had interviews but nothing is working out. My unemployment stopped coming because they are waiting on proof of my Dr appointments and diagnoses results in order to continue recieving checks. I am an emotional wreck right now. I have to have faith that we will get through this.

4 comments:

Jessica said...

Hey that's great they finally figured it out! Celiac disease runs in my family! It's hard to know what you can and can't eat sometimes cause gluten hides out in everything! Just stay away from processed foods. Shop on the outter perimeter of the grocery stores (fruits, veggies, meats, etc) and it'll be easier to follow a diet that doesn't make you sick.

Amber said...

Bethany, after hearing your sad story and how you are so stressed, my heart went out to you. I found a blog site you might like:
http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/
I think I liked it because it was set-up similar to my own site where one lady posts the recipes she makes with pictures and directions. But all her recipes are gluten-free and many are vegan or dairy free as well. She allows you to subscribe to her site so you can recieve updates when she posts (which is about weekly) She is very informative and I found it interesting. I hope, in some small way, it helps. Know your friends are thinking about you and want to help.

Classic Jones said...

Bethany hang in there. I was unemployeed for about 5 months and I just kept paying my tithing on every little thing, and still recovering from my mission release etc., but then everything came together all at once. Heavenly Father is mindful of your needs and will be there to bless you. Just trust him!! I promise it will improve if you keep the commandments...in the lords time :!

Missy said...

Hi Bethany. Sorry to hear about your tough trials. My grandmom had celiac disease and they thought that I had it too cause I was getting sick all the time and losing weight like crazy. It was so painful. They did a blood test and a colonoscopy and everything was fine. They say that I have IBS. I did try the gluten free diet during all of this though. It was too bad. I ate a lot of rice and french fries. It's nice cause most restaurants have a gluten free menu. I know that PF Changs does and I think Friday's does too. Good luck girl. I'm prayin for you. I hope you get better.