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Shakespeare Would Approve of This Love Story 
 
May 5, 2013 11:44 am 
Updated: May 10, 2013 3:46 pm
Today is my lucky day.  Not only is it my favorite foodie holiday, Cinco de Mayo, but it is also the first day in THREE WEEKS that I can resume eating regular food.  I can't wait to sink my teeth into some amazing Mexican treats for dinner tonight!

I love food.  I mean, I really love food.  I celebrate with food, mourn with food, lean on food when I'm bored, show my love for others with food, and entertain with food.  Though, my food love story is much more Shakespearian.  It's an unrequited affair because food certainly does not love me back.  In fact, I'm learning as I get older that food is making me sick.  Literally.

Last month, on April 16, I entered the emergency room in the most awful pain that I had ever been in.  (Yes, worse than childbirth.)  After a quick CT scan of my lower abdomen, I learned that I was in pretty dire straits and suffered from a life threatening internal injury.  I was spared emergency surgery to correct it, however, the payoff was five days in the hospital, two solid days of nothing to eat or drink (and I mean NOTHING), then transitioning to two days of clear liquids only, and finally the realization that my already burdensome food affair just became much more difficult.  

See, a few years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease which means I cannot eat anything with gluten.  It's a pain in the butt and requires constant vigilance.  The slightest (albeit unintentional) slip up results in some pretty messed up reactions for me.  Besides the tummy ache and flu-like symptoms, I've perplexed many doctors with symptoms that appear to be Lupus, Psoriasis, or Rheumatoid Arthritis.  As it turned out, each scare was nothing more than the side effects of gluten in my gluten-unfriendly gut.  No fun.

At any rate, during my hospital stay last month I learned that in addition to Celiac, I also had Diverticulitis.  My initial reaction was, "Great; just great.  Another gut issue that further restricts my food and will make cooking for my family even more impossible."  But since then I've had a couple of weeks to research and wrap my head around this.  

Challenge accepted.

This will be difficult navigating through healthy, gluten-free, high-fiber, seedless, nutless, and limited dairy recipes that won't incite my tween daughter to turn her nose up and beg for a bowl of cereal instead.  There is not a lot of information out there for such a specialized food love affair like mine.  But I'm ready for this.  And I'm just stubborn enough to pull it off.  This awesome site and space to blog seems like the perfect place to chronicle my wins, losses, and noteworthy events along the way.

Wish me luck!  

-TifferMak
 
Comments
May 5, 2013 1:21 pm
Oh my gosh, TifferMak! I feel your pain! also have Diverticulitis and IBS. I suffer pain in my gut and/or bowels nearly daily. My poor husband suffers along with me and I often feel guilty for disturbing him so. Your determination to live with these restrictions is inspiring. I do wish you much comfort and encourage you to march forward into this new territory, strong soldier!
 
May 5, 2013 2:29 pm
so what do you do for your "Psoriasis". I am using Vanos Cream 0.1% at $1,200 per tube, Halobetasol Propionate Ointment 0.05%, Clobex SPR 0.05% Pro:12 Mousse Ammonium Lactate 12%. It's a dang good think the insurance pays for most of the bill. and they only keep the Psoriasis in check some what. I still have to get two Steroid shots every 6 months.
 
May 5, 2013 3:51 pm
tiffermek, I so feel your pain, wishing you all the luck in the world in beating this thing.
 
Paula 
May 6, 2013 8:05 pm
I'm so very sorry this is a daily issue you must deal with, but you certainly sound like a very strong person who will meet it head on. Good luck finding appropriate recipes that taste great and satisfy the entire family.
 
vanillabean 
May 10, 2013 3:46 pm
Tiffermek, I also suffer from Celiac Disease, so I can really feel your pain. I feel sorry that you now have to deal with the Diverticulis. Stay strong, work with a good dietician and you will be able overcome this new complication. I am glad that you still seem to be upbeat in spite of all of this. Take Care..
 
 
 
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