I had another celiac dream last night, but I can’t remember what it was about. Probably because gluten is still clouding up my brain one year after diagnosis. That’s right. One year later, as careful as I’ve been, the lab results say my body is still reacting to gluten. Don’t ask my doctor about it though because according to her, she has “no idea how to interpret these results.”
Awesome. Just what you want to hear from your doctor.
There is some good news though. All of my other labs came back normal, including vitamin levels which I was worried about. No deficiencies to speak of. My cholesterol is looking stellar (Total cholesterol 178, HDL 81, Chol/HDL ratio 2.2), which means overall I’m healthy.
The tests my doctor didn’t know how to read were NOT normal, and definitely explain why I haven’t been feeling well.
My symptoms that keep cropping up include:
-hot flashes during the day
My DGP-IgA was negative (barely) at 19.08, and my tTG-IgA was positive at 26.43. If you have no idea what that means, that’s ok, you could still be my doctor.
What I understand it to mean, according to the University of Chicago, is that gluten is still entering my system and my body is reacting to it.
How is this happening? Well, I know I’ve been “glutened” a few times while eating out at a restaurant or social gathering. But what if it’s sneaking into my diet at home too? We did two original kitchen cleanses in the beginning, but have since become a little bit lax. The crackers the kids were only allowed to eat outside turned into the crackers they eat everywhere. Restaurant noodles have made their way into our bowls that are cleaned in the sink with the sponge, pizza is eaten at the table and crumbs aren’t wiped up quickly enough.
I’ve gotten lazy.
And as much as I’ve tried to only use gluten-free personal care products, it’s still a chore to figure those things out. Maybe some soaps or lotions are getting me?
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
I’m going to do another cleanout of the kitchen, and will be making September a “whole food” month. I’ll tell you more about that later this week.
Other than that, I’m going to keep on trucking…and start searching for a new doctor.