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Guessing Game

March 22nd, 2010

Here we are at the emergency room at 11:00 at night, and once again we get to play the guessing game. What’s made my wife sick this time? Was it the rice w/cheddar cheese, exposure to the flour Saturday while making a cake, was it the weather change, is it the fact that she’s reduced her Lyrica dosage or just a  simple flu virus.

She’s been sick for the last three years, been on numerous medications, with just as many unwanted side effects. Though the gluten-free diet has been helping, every time she has a set-back, we have to play the guessing game.

Before she realized she was gluten intolerant, she was afraid she had developed an allergy to fish and seafood. Looking back it was probably the breading on the fish sticks, and the gel cap on the fish oil pills.

So, I guess the truth is, no mater what we guess, we may never know for sure, but we have to keep trying.

UPDATE: 3-26-2005

Given that I (no problems with gluten)  ended up sick with the same symptoms 24 hours later.  So, I guess we’ll chalk this one up to a flu bug. Thank you all for your support.

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  1. March 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 | #1

    The doctor seemed to think that this was more likely viral than exposure to gluten. It felt very much like food poisoning with flu like stiffness and no fever. The stomach pain was horrible!

  2. Jeanne
    March 23rd, 2010 at 21:41 | #2

    Hi Kelly, Good for you for being GF. Sorry, IMO the doctor is wrong. You surely got glutened from the flour that you used to make a cake. We all bake GF for a reason!! 🙂 The airborne flour makes you really sick, IMO it is because the raw flour coats your nose, mouth & throat.

    You can learn to bake GF & believe me the gluten eaters will love everything!!

  3. Jeanne
    March 23rd, 2010 at 21:43 | #3

    oh, & if you are getting rid of the wheat flour out of your canister please do not pour it out in the trash. It will poof up every where & once again you will be sick. If you want to save the container you will need to get someone else to get rid of the flour outside of your house.

  4. March 23rd, 2010 at 22:00 | #4

    Thanks for the advice!!

  5. March 31st, 2010 at 14:44 | #5

    It’s really good to hear about a Fibro Hubby who is wonderfully committed to his wife’s health and well being! I am so sorry to hear about your last trip to the ER. My daughter and I have been through this too and most times, none of the doctors make any connections to a global fibromyalgia reaction or a possible gluten intolerance. As you mentioned, it’s very difficult to pinpoint what the real cause is. But you’ve done a really great job dealing with all the uncertainty. Thanks for sharing – best wishes to you both.

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