Archives for: September 2005, 15
It's been a stressful couple of weeks for me, and at times I traded compliance for convenience. Granted, as the unique non-secreting O that I am, I can't verge off the path too much. Gluten and milk are way off limits...but sometimes I revert to a see-food diet on other points.
I can tell you it's not worth it, but it happens. The heartburn has kept me up some nights, especially if I indulge in my son's gluten-free cookies. They are very tempting, but I think I'm ready to get past that temptation now.
My son had some extensive dental work done yesterday, and it's such a relief to have it done and past us. I didn't feel good about it for a long time, until I realized much of my trepidation was because I felt regret for being the cause of the dental problem. Since I didn't get tested for celiac disease and get seriously Gluten Free until after he was born and weaned, he didn't get the minerals he needed to build strong tooth enamel. It could have been much worse I'm sure, if I hadn't been wheat free, and there's no guarantee my next son won't have similar problems because it can take a few years for an adult celiac to regain all their absorption abilities, but I'll see it coming and do things differently to take immaculate care of his teeth. And, we caught my son's celiac disease early enough that we are taking good care of his adult teeth, and they should be fine. He's still an A, probably non-secretor, so cavities will always be something to work at preventing, and all I've learned in the past few weeks about nutrition and supplementation for teeth will benefit both my little ones. I felt like starting it now, and hoping to stop the trouble, when his teeth already had multiple cavities and extensive wear to the chewing surfaces, was like throwing buckets of water at a housefire, but it will help future teeth. And fortunately it was early enough that he had no root canals or lost teeth.
I could have done better, but I will from now on, and I could have done a lot worse. Like I said though, there's no more room for regret. He's a happy, brave boy, and fully recovered already. We didn't need the prescription pain medicine at all, he's totally fine and apparently pain-free.
Just got the results...my husband is a Secretor! That is good news, though I was kind of hoping for the opposite to simplify life. He never would have given up wheat anyway, and he really doesn't want to eat much meat at all, so I guess this is best. Now I'll need to test each child as they get old enough to spit; if he were a non-secretor, then we'd know they'll all be non-secretors too. At least they have a chance now of being secretors, and all the lower risks that implies...so it's good. I was just so prepared for the opposite.