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Hello Out There!!!

Phew!  It's been a while and there have been an awful lot of changes since my last posts.

I got a lot of testing done and learned I do not, in fact, have Celiac's.  This came from blood work, biopsy, and genetic testing.  Instead, I simply have a gluten intolerance that acted like Celiac when I moved in with my previous (now ex) boyfriend.  Apparently extreme levels of stress can cause an intolerance to behave like an allergy in various ways.

My husband, however, got sick while doing the gluten challenge and went gluten free again before he could get the blood work done.  He went in to get the genetic test done with me, and he rated as having the gene.  Our doctor said that with his reactions and the genetic test, she felt safe saying he developed Celiac Disease.  (That's one reason I decided to keep this blog.  I'm "frugal" and he's "celiac".  I think that works.)

We've tried giving our son gluten the last few months; he was 3 years old at the time and was gluten free up until then.  He had very minor reactions at first, but mainly because my mother gave him too much too soon.  He's on a limitted gluten diet and seems to be doing fine.  For the most part, he's gluten free save a small bit once a week at my mother's house.

My daughter is a different story.  She's breastfed (though now eating purees too) and has always reacted whenever I ate anything with gluten in it (even the accidental small amount).  Needless to say, I'm on a gluten free diet still.

We plan to have both children receive the genetic test when we can afford to do so.

By the way, that's one of the huge changes we've been adjusting to... Our daughter!  She was born at the end of 2010.  A rough pregnancy, easy birth, rough post partum period.  She's amazing though and we are very fortunate to have her in our lives.

Lastly, we moved to a new state just a few months after my daughter was born.  With working full time, adjusting to the new baby and the life changes there, managing our son (toddler), packing, home hunting, and so forth... We were very busy!

So we'll see how things go with this blog going forward.  :-)

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