The last couple weeks have been very difficult for me in a lot of ways. I’m not really a big fan of change, and we have had more change and activity in our lives during the last 2 weeks to last me for a very, very, VERY long time!!!!! We’ve had at least 20 doctor/therapist appointments, arguments with our insurance company that have resulted in teleconferences with myself, the insurance company, and David’s employer (who is fabulous). We’ve also had the “normal” stressors of having two small children underfoot who may or may not understand what you are saying to them, and to top it all off, we’ve had a complete shift in our diet. On the bright side, we have moved on to “Phase 2″ of making us well. On the downside, I am having to rethink how I cook all over again!
As crazy as it has been around here, there have also been things worth celebrating. John apparently has learned something during our school time with Jessica. He can now say all of the Fruits of the Spirit in order! And to think I wasn’t sure he was learning anything from it! I received my SteamVita that I won a few months back!!! Hoping to try it out very soon (it’s difficult to try out new recipes AND new cooking equipment at the same time….with 2 small children running around). A few days ago we attended a birthday party for a little girl that was told she wouldn’t live to be one year old. This week was her third birthday!! (I love celebrating birthdays of friends with special needs, both children and adults, because there is always SO much to celebrate!!!!!!) Another thing to be thankful for is that we really are making progress in getting better!
For the last 8 months we have been giving our bodies time to heal from the damage done by Celiac Disease. We had started reacting to all kinds of foods that we commonly ate, so for the last 8 months we have limited ourselves to about 30 foods each. Over the last couple weeks we have been able to start adding foods back in and have now begun “Phase 2″ of our plan: fighting the yeast that has taken over me and Jessica’s bodies while gluten was damaging our digestive tracts. We are on a blend of the Yeast Connection Diet by Dr. Crook and the Body Ecology Diet (which is basically a stricter form of the former diet). We are adapting, but it has taken time and effort to adapt to the shift in the diet. Also, we are occasionally running into issues with different products we try (like puffed millet from Arrowhead Mills) having minute amounts of gluten in them….which makes us not feel good and sets us back. :-/ However, I have come up with several new “hits” around our house: venison burgers on lettuce with cucumbers, butternut squash fries, butternut squash chips, fried plantains, coconut truffles, coconut water, coconut water popsicles, and I am hoping to try home puffed amaranth soon!!
Doesn’t this list look better than the last one!?!?!?
In the meantime, I am keeping a pretty low profile until I can get a better handle on things around here. I did just finish up a wonderful book called The Book of Job: Why Bad Things Happen to a Good Person by Rabbi Harold Kushner. He is well qualified to write this book, not because of his scholarly degrees but because of his own personal experiences with heartache. I am now reading another one of his books called The Lord is My Shepherd. We have a couple weeks left of appointments and getting a handle on things around here, but hopefully then we will be able to take a couple weeks to relax and re-coop a bit!