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Gluten Free Follies

So, Sunday and Monday I only ate things I had reason to believe were safe. The foods I ate at work were all things I've been eating safely for weeks, and the dinner, while at a restaurant, was at a restaurant where I've ordered the exact same meal repeatedly and been fine. The only thing I did that I haven't done since being on this diet was go to the dentist, and I did mention the allergies to him--he even checked on the sweetener for the numbing medicine.

So it all should have been fine, right?

Wrong. I woke up Tuesday a little earlier than usual with the realization that I hadn't been sleeping well because I was in terrible pain. I hobbled to the bathroom, and after several trips, felt enough better to fall asleep again, but I was still in enough pain that I dreamed my whole belly, from mid-chest down, was filled with old pieces of 2x4 and rusty nails.

Yesterday I put on a loose dress and went in to work, though even after sleeping nearly all day Tuesday, I felt wiped out and rather rag-doll like, except for the still bloated belly.

Today I woke feeling better and dared to put on a skirt instead of a dress--a loose skirt, or usually a loose skirt. Five minutes in the skirt and I was tearing it off in pain again, because the elastic was compressing my belly too much. *sigh* So much for not having my gut hurt all day.
Apparently the benefits of not stressing my body all the time with corn and wheat are at least partially offset by having my body be totally unready for a surprise assault.

I wonder if there's anything I could take to help me recover from the (painfully obvious) inflammation through my whole digestive tract the next time this happens?

For the moment, however, I have to figure out what else I can wear that won't press on my belly *at all* for tomorrow at work. 

In better news, these cookies (which I ate several weeks ago, but have not yet blogged about) are great:


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 2nd, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
Given how much care you've taken to avoid gluten, are you sure this attack wasn't something else, like maybe a mild case of food poisoning?
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think so--when my stomach doesn't like the food that hits it, it's happy to send it right back out the way it came, and that didn't happen. I also have a good sense of taste, and nothing tasted old or stale. But can I be certain? I have no idea which of the things that went into my stomach caused the problem, and no set of empirical tests to use to figure out the chemical reactions happening in my unhappy gut.

It's like trying to figure out if I have a common cold or was exposed to airborn allergens--the symptoms are so similar it's often an educated guess rather than certainty.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
A mild case could've snuck past the taste buds and only really begun brewing in the gut. Just sayin'...
Dec. 3rd, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Silly vulture, I already admitted that's a possibility, and said why that's not my best educated guess.
Dec. 3rd, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Fair enough...
Dec. 3rd, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
'sides, even if I'm wrong, I still get to be fanatically careful about my food in exactly the same ways I have been, so after a bit, I need to just let it go and think about other stuff.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Yikes! I'm glad you are making progress - tho sorry that the consequences are so severe. :(

These things are so hard to figure out. Good job!
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Well, there could be progress on that end too--it used to be that when I had a bad reaction like this I had all the food poisoning symptoms, instead of just the pain part. I kept a food diary for two years without identifying the culprit, but then the products that include forms of wheat and corn myriad and sometimes mysterious. (Most "soy-sauce" contains wheat--and some has no soy at all; most sausage contains corn syrup; etc. etc. etc.)
Dec. 2nd, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds thoroughly miserable, and I'm extending my sympathies wrapped in warm ribbons of healing yellow light.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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