Saturday, January 23, 2010

Surgery, Nutritionist, Restaurants

Well it has been a while since I have updated my blog and a lot has happened. I stayed sick even though I followed the G-Free life. I went back to the doctor and they decided that they should try removing my gallbladder despite all of the tests being normal. It was a tough road but it has been almost two weeks since my surgery and I am feeling much better. We found out that even though the tests came back normal, the pathology report showed that it was abnormal. YAY for science showing that I didn't do this all for nothing.

During all of the doctors' appointments and sickness, I did have quite a few interesting gluten free adventures. The most prominent was my visit to the nutritionist. Now let me put this in context before I explain. I have never met a nutritionist who was not fantastic. One of my good friends is pursuing this career and has already given me some great advice and I visited one during college who gave me amazing information. I have spoken to many people who have had wonderful experiences as well. I guess there is a reason why people say I should never say never, because I met the ONE and only nutritionist in the world who was awful (I do not use that word lightly). The first thing she said to me was "Are you sure you have Celiac, you don't look like you have it. You know that this is a drastic life change and you don't want to take this on if you are not sure." So after being insulted by her calling me fat, I was pretty mad that she would start this meeting with telling me how hard my life would be. Now I had spent the last few weeks researching and reading about my disease so I know that I went in there with a lot of information but I was depressed sitting in there. She also told me that I would not be able to go out to eat or go over to friends' houses to eat. I was to become a shut in apparently. The thing that bothered me the most was the she knew absolutely nothing. She read directly from papers which she copied from a book. Now I can pick out when someone is reading something for the first time...come on I am a teacher! She was reading from a list of things I could eat but apparently thought it was a list of foods to stay away from. She told me I could not eat corn starch...what? Every book says its made from corn...goodness! Then I asked her some questions and she would say "I don't know. Let me know if you find out!". I did however realize that there is not a support group for Celiacs in Cabarrus County and I can't find one in Charlotte either. She suggested that I form one, which I actually wouldn't mind doing. I just don't know how to go about doing it. Suggestions?

Ok so on to the amazing things of the week!
1. My local chinese place told me that the will cook all of my stuff separate for me and they use gluten free soy sauce anyway! YAY!!!
2. I have a G-Free partner at work. She has been doing this for 7 years! I so excited for the support system.
3. My favorite Asian place ENoodles was extremely helpful. They already use rice noodles and they have gluten free soy sauce!
4. Outback has a HUGE gluten free menu! They not only use gluten free spices and marinades for their steaks but... my favorite dessert was already gluten free... Chocolate Thunder From Down Under!

5. My Mom made some amazing G-Free bread. I swear it is better than wheat bread!

Well I am sure that I have not explained all of the crazy things that have happened over the last 3 weeks but it is a start!


Norma said...

There is a nutritionist who needs to find a new career path!

creative gal said...

Look at the national celiac foundations/celiac awareness and email some of the support groups listed on their sites to find out information. . then, you can ask your doctor's office if you can put up signs, etc. to form a group. . . You should think about doing this as you would be great!

Bethie Pie said...

And you left out one of the most important things....the book she was reading from was 10 years old!

She said she didn't want to spend the money to get a new one every year!

Glad we did the research!