Tuesday, June 23
Once again, I slept in a little. I worked about 12 hours yesterday. I haven’t been having trouble with sleeping in awhile, which has wonderful. And I haven’t been congested in over two weeks – which has been amazing. Life changing, really. I don’t want to jinx myself! I wondered if, perhaps, the last cold I had did something to my nasal passages or sinuses that blew them open and cleared them. Had I been mysteriously healed? Or, did this have anything to do with my Celiac disease and immune system getting stronger?
I recently went to a naturopath and found out that my vitamin levels have been really off because of mal-absorption, which was an indicator that I haven’t been gluten free, hence I’m not able to absorb nutrients from my diet. This would explain my swelling and swings in anxiety and depression – which, while it hasn’t been crushing, it had been scratching just below the surface for me. Anyway. Vitamin shots were the way to go. I’m now taking special vitamin supplements to balance my diet. And I was already feeling much better just days later.
I definitely got gluten contamination this week, though. I started taking my GlutenEase supplements, which did not shield from the dangers of gluten contamination, but helped to ease the severity of symptoms. Plus, I had been drinking Yogi Stomach Ease tea. That, and a lot of glasses of water, were flushing me out.
Which seems all good and great, except for the fact that I blew it again this evening. We had the final Oregon Pinot Camp event at a vineyard in Cornelius, near Hillsboro, an amazing site with gorgeous views of the Cascade peaks. A few chefs from Portland were cooking up some amazing courses on a grill. I took a bite into the first course without even thinking. There was barley. I almost spit and coughed up the barley that got into my mouth, but instead I swallowed it, knowing I was going to get very sick. I asked the chefs if they could make me gluten free versions, and they were able to accommodate me. Still, I forked a mouthful of barley like an idiot. This is my problem. I sometimes blank on my disease and recklessly eat.