Thursday, February 28, 2013

What do you know...donuts really ARE the enemy!

Remember all these potty issues I wrote about in 2011? I asked for a bunch of tests at the time, which I was TOLD came back negative. In the meantime, I started taking a probiotic and managing constipation with frequent (almost daily) doses of miralax and just went on with my life as things did seem to improve.
Well…in December I went to my new Primary Care Physician who replaced my previous PCP who retired…and she asks me how I’m managing my CELIAC disease. I said I don’t have Celiac disease…at which point she pulled up my electronic lab results and pointed to a very clear positive result for the antibodies that react to gluten…the test my previous doc ordered in October 2011 but told me was negative. I was a little shocked…and frankly annoyed, and a whole lot skeptical. She continued looking through my records and found where my previous doctor had, in fact, concluded that the test was negative. So I said I wasn’t going to believe it until additional tests were run.

Unfortunately, to test for gluten issues, you have to actually have gluten in your system. At the time of this appointment, I was low-carbing, which is naturally a gluten free way of eating…so there was no point in testing at that time. We agreed to wait until a time I was not only consuming gluten again, but also experiencing symptoms again.

That time came a couple weeks ago. Similar issues to what I had been experiencing in 2011 were starting to emerge…not horrible yet, but definitely noticeable. So I emailed the new PCP and told her I was ready to test. The first test I took (that came back positive) was a “gliadin antibody” test, the next test would be a “transglutaminase tissue” test. The gliadin antibody test indicates that my body is reacting to gluten as a “foreign invader” and produces these antibodies to try to attack it. The Transglutaminase test would indicate that my body was having an auto-immune response to the gluten and attacking itself. Because of how I felt, I was SURE it would come back positive.

But it didn’t.

So this is a good news/bad news thing….the good news is that my body is not destroying itself through villous atrophy in my intestines every time I eat wheat…Which thank goodness, cuz that would be bad! But…my body is still SEVERELY unhappy when I eat wheat…or gluten specificly….so now that can no longer be a part of my diet. RIP wheat and wheat products…I shall miss thee…

This explains why I feel so much better when I’m low-carbing. But it also has caused me to wonder what else I might be intolerant to. So…I did some research, and am now going to a naturopath at IBS Treatment Center in Seattle (which is also the source of a book I’m reading, Healthier Without Wheat), to have some labs done to see if there is anything else I should be avoiding. I have to admit, while I’m CONVINCED that Soy and Potatoes are going to come back as additional issues (I’m ok…I’ve known this about myself for a long time), I’m absolutely TERRIFIED that Cheese and Corn will also come back positive on the test. I will DIE without cheese….no, really…I will. I LOVE my cheese.

They say you are likely allergic to the things you crave most…hello? Dorritos and Mac and Cheese? UGH!

It takes 4 weeks for the results to come back. Till then, I’m inhaling Tillamook like it’s going out of style. Denial much?

Really officer...I was only puking...

Here are my current updates…or maybe I should do a TTT?

1.       I have a “final interview” with the hiring manager and 1 other person for the position I’ve been in the running for since December 17th. This will mark the FOURTH interview in the process. I’m cautiously optimistic that this is intended to be a session for an offer as they have kindly requested that I visit HR for a drug and background check immediately following my meeting. EEK!!! So excited!

2.       With all this excitement comes the trepidation of having to tell my current employer that I’m leaving. I haven’t said anything to him because it’s all been so uncertain and I didn’t want to freak him out. I know I will likely only be able to give 2 weeks notice and that is simply not enough time for them to get someone in for me to transition my work to, and I feel a lot of guilt about that.

3.       All this guilt for a job I haven’t a) been offered yet or b) not even sure I can accept the offer because I’m unclear of their salary range. *sigh*

4.       The role of “protein” today is being played by Premier Protein shakes. I’m having issues. I HAD learned recently that I am very tight in the mornings…and HAD been good about just having a shake in the morning. But the last few days I was traveling and did not have shakes on hand so ate protein bars in the a.m. instead…which went down fine, no problemo…so then I guess I got comfortable with the fact that I could consume solid food again in the a.m., so I ate 2 pieces of bacon before walking out the door for work this morning. 15 minutes later I’m pulled over on the side of the interstate…not just PBing…but VIOLENTLY vomiting. NOT GOOD! Now I’m wondering if I should call my clinic…PBing because I’m tight is one thing….vomiting though is bad news for the band. I’m not entirely sure what brought this on. I was clearly stuck…and I tried to ride it out (literally, since I was DRIVING on the interstate and didn’t have a lot of options) for a long time by holding my ever-increasing slime in my mouth and not swallowing until I could pull over. I wonder if the long wait/wishing-things-would-go-down caused additional stomach trouble? I’m uncertain….and not sure what to do from here. Clearly I’m on liquids for the next two days. But still wondering if I should call the clinic or not…we are coming up on a weekend.

5.       I guess the good news is that liquids DO in fact go down…so if I have to live the weekend on a liquid diet, it’s not the end of the world, right?

6.       It’s a little awkward to explain to State Patrol that you are pulled over on the freeway because you are vomiting…awesome.

7.       The specific strange pain I wrote about on 1/30 has not recurred. However, I’m having increasing issues with discomfort related to my port in general. I’m starting to worry that I’m going to become an ex-bandster with all these issues. L

8.       So…turns out, I have a gluten intolerance. This is deserving of a whole separate post.

9.       I just took a flight that literally took LONGER to get to the airport, check in, board and rent a car than it would have if we had just driven to the dang destination. The drive from my house is 3 hours. The total flight time (from doors closed to doors open) was 40 minutes. Ridiculous…seriously should have driven.

10.   Scott still has not had any job contacts. L

That’s it. I think that was my first Ten Things Thursday.