I thought I give you guys a little update on our new situation which is still quite challenging at the beginning. Blog-Newcomers please continue here, everybody else please continue below the picture :-)
Since this summer, Juliana had been having abdominal pain and some sort of diarrhea every single day. It didn't take me long to research that she might have celiac disease, cause she almost showed all the classic symptoms that kids can have:
- Abdominal pain
- Fatigue and weakness
- Joint/bone pain
- Mood Disorders
- Inability to concentrate
- Short stature/delayed growth
I immediately went to our pediatrician who took a blood test. When we got the results back he was quite positive that Juliana has got celiac disease. I knew that oftentimes our kids with a little extra are diagnosed with celiac disease due to their blood results. But in a lot of cases the blood results are false positive. That means, the blood results indicate a gluten-intolerance, but they don't have celiac disease. So to be 100 % sure we went to the hospital to do a gastrointestinal biopsy. On Thursday we finally got the results back, which really didn't surprise us: Yep, she's got celiac disease.
I have been reading a lot of books since then. Good books. Optimistic books. I learnt that the first thing is to change your attitude about it: it's a lifestyle, not a diet! I really enjoyed refreshing my knowledge about nutrition and how important it is to live healthy. And that it can be really fun living healthy. And I feel I am ready for that after a good decade of living the fast food life. So, once again, my little daughter opened my eyes again. Somehow I believe that I need all these diagnosis's to become a better person. Having little kids I often forgot to look after myself. Which is wrong. Cause my family needs me.
So now I really dug deep into the whole gluten world, and I really learnt some very interesting things. One of my most fascinated findings - which kept me reading until the end of the book ;-) were, that eliminating wheat may even slow or reverse the signs of aging, reducing wrinkles and improving the tone and texture of skin. How awesome is that??! :-) So hopefully you guys will recognize me next year when I look like 20 again, haha!
I also was seriously impressed when I read that removing gluten from the diet can improve behaviors of people with autism, schizophrenia or attention-deficit disorder.
I think the worst part of the diagnosis is adapting to it, reading labels, trying new recipes, finding new stores, losing spontaneity, planning ahead of time, being organized, and last but not least: not cheating.
Enough rambled for today. I will keep you posted on our efforts on how to turn adversity into advantage. I think we did already quite good with that nine years ago :-) HAPPY MONDAY!!!