More test results…
To start off a negative post with some positive, I successfully made some awesome zucchini bread, substituting pure maple syrup for honey (which is high in fructose i.e. not kind to compromised insides). I’ve noticed that most of the baked goods recipes on this blog require an additional 10-20 minutes in the oven.
Got my IgA results back today, and for whatever reason gluten antibodies are still active in my system. It may take more time (fingers crossed) or medical intervention for the levels to return to normal.
I was also informed that there’s a good chance I have SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) from other test results, and that I need to go in for a breath test to confirm. I have an appointment for August 23, but I am going to call in the hopes of an earlier appointment. Who wants to continue at a less than optimal health level with potential worsening of an untreated condition for over a month??? I am trying to go full-blown FODMAPs (see earlier post) once I consume all offending food in my fridge and cupboards (pretty darn close!). Yeah, it’s silly, I just don’t like to waste food or money! I have 3 or 4 boxes worth of gluten free but grain-or-other-offending-ingredient containing packaged goods I try to forget about stowed under my sink. The last few months have been a series of new diets, rushing out to buy foods that comply to relieve myself of shock, then increasingly restrictive diets and food purges (I know I may be able to eat some of it one day, but the sight/presence of food I can’t eat right now in my own home just irks me something awful). Two of my last packaged food mainstays, organic boxed chicken broth and Larabars, are going bye-bye (one has onion, the other dates). I keep reading about beef broth in every healing diet, so I may have to break down and locate a butcher.
And ending on a positive: found a concealing swim skirt on clearance to at least partially cover my nasty skin and distended belly. Sounds ridiculous, but it’s my everyday life, and I didn’t even go into the #2 rollercoaster (was prescribed an anal cleansing lotion, “fits in your purse” the doc crowed, oo la la) or period aberrations/hormonal wackiness. Oh to be a healthy body! SOON!
And postscript: with all these thoughts about my body, I’ve noticed that I think of my insides as separate from “me” as weird as that sounds. I don’t imagine them inside me, I imagine an anatomical diagram rife with rainbow colored bacteria (think M&Ms) fighting each other or working together. And my numbers of imagined bacteria are wayyyy too low, if the probiotic I take contains 10 BILLION cultures. Need to hire more extras for that film strip. And the anti-transglutaminase antibodies are like PacMan with teeth.