Thursday, August 14, 2008

Update on my pal...

Meant to write earlier but things around here have been beyond nutty.

My friends procedure went well last week. They went in thinking she was only getting a colonoscopy but because of the inability to hold down food they also did an endoscopy. She's a hoot but seeing her come out of sedation exceeded my expectations! Upon initial examination he said things looked good. Nothing of concern in the colon, but he diagnosed her with Ga.stritis in the stomach. He took biopsies of everything, hooked her up with a prescription for the stomach problems and we left.

Today she got the call that she has a severe form of the Ga.stritis and Ce.liac Disease. She now has to go Gluten Free...which in her diet makes up about 80% of what she eats...so she's pissed off and I can't even go and offer her a beer for condolences.

Anyhoo thought I'd update. I'm off to attempt to play tennis (am currently in the process of drinking a beer as it seems to make it a tad more appealing to go). Hopefully my tennis skirt from last year's go with this still fits...doubtful but one can hope.

Thanks for all the good thoughts on her...now she's really going to be skinny enough for me throw her to the other side of the beach!

6 comments:

Bug's mama said...

I'm glad that she is ok, well, kind of. I went gluten free about 6 months ago (gluten intolerance, so not as severe as celiac, but still eating the same) and if she wants any resources, let me know, I'd be happy to hook you up with some good blogs to read that have great recipes and stuff..... just let me know! It's bugsmamasmail@yahoo.com

Sugar and Ice said...

I'm so glad she's ok!! It sounds like she has a lot of the same problems my husband has. His docs thought he had celiac disease a couple of years ago. We found out the day Lila was born that he didn't, but prior to that he'd been on a gluten free diet for two weeks just in case. It was really, really difficult, but I think if you were on it for good you'd get the hang of it pretty quickly. I found a grocery store that actually had a list of all of their gluten free products. There are gluten free pastas, cereals, breads, etc. out there; you just have to look. Good luck to her!!

Ally said...

Even with the celiac diseases diagnosis, that still is all good news!! Glad to hear that she'll be able to fix what was causing her to feel so icky. A good friend of mine in college has celiac disease, and although it seems super frustrating at first, there are so many stores that now carry gluten-free products, so it'll be easy for her to find substitutes. As for the alcohol - my friend lived off Captain and Coke, maybe you could offer her one of those ;)

connie said...

I'm glad that your friend is ok & that things weren't any worse. One of my husband's nephews has Celiacs.Disease & his mom says it's not as difficult as people think once you get into the routine of purchasing & preparing gluten-free food. Best of luck to her as she adjusts.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I'm so glad to hear it's nothing worse. Celiac sucks, but at least it isn't life threatening. And, there is so much more gluten free these days.

Anonymous said...

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30583.asp
This is an article that lists all the gluten free beers. We have several friend with this disease and find it pretty easy to meet their needs when I entertain.
Nancy