Cough, hack, sneeze, cough, sniff, wheeze, cough, hack.
You may want to stand back from your computer screen a bit while you read this as I’ve got what it seems everyone else is getting. I don’t think it’s contagious through the internet, but you know, better safe than sorry.
But today’s post is not about me.
It’s funny…yesterday I made a comment on my Facebook page that my house was going 100% gluten-free but did not name the reason why. Of course the assumption was that we were doing it for me. Everybody’s comments were so amazing and so supportive and a few were a tad jealous.
But the fact is we’re not doing it for me. I honestly do not mind living in a house with gluten. We’re blessed to have a big enough kitchen where my stuff can stay completely separate. I have my own counter, silverware, cookware, etc. I never saw the reason for the family to go gluten-free just because I can’t eat the dang stuff.
“Hey Dude…I thought this post wasn’t about you?!?”
I know, I know. I had to set it up. Patience Grasshopper (and yes, I’m totally aging myself with that quote.)
You see…one of my lovely Dudette’s has been hurting big time lately. She’s had it pretty tough. Whether it be stomach aches, shoulder pain, back pain, etc, she has always seemed to have some nagging physical issues.
WAIT…DID SOMEONE JUST SAY PHYSICAL???
Anyway, starting this past September, she has been suffering from serious wrist pain. Four months, 2 doctors, an MRI, physical therapy and a splint later, and she has no diagnosis and absolutely no relief. School has been a total drag because writing hurts and even worse, we haven’t been able to play ping pong since the summer. One of the docs thinks it may be Radial Tunnel Syndrome, which causes severe joint and nerve pain.
When your child is hurting and you cannot help them, it is one of the most frustrating things as a parent.
So two days ago, Mrs. Dude made an executive decision.
She is going gluten-free for two months to see if it helps her nerve pain.
In case you’re wondering, yes…she has been tested for celiac in the past and it came up negative. We may test her again. But she needs immediate relief. I’ve heard from others, including two of my close friends, who have suffered from joint and nerve pain and given up gluten and have gotten spectacular results.
The Dudette took the news like a trooper and Mrs. Dude did what she always does. She owned the situation. She removed all gluten from our house. She went shopping and loaded up on food for the Dudette. She made some amazing meals that the Dudette would enjoy. God bless Mrs. Dude.
So we’re not exactly starting off 2015 as I would have hoped. More health issues for the family.
But I see a light and the path to that light is filled with gluten-free food.
I would love to hear 2 things from the community if you can:
1) If you’ve suffered from joint or severe nerve pain, celiac or not, and have found relief, please share your story.
2) Words of support for the Dudette. She is really down in the dumps.
Many thanks…as always.