I think that the last time I talked much about my sickness and our plan to overcome it was in my I'm Still Broken post from December. I talked about how we were going to a clinic in Ottawa and how I was starting a gluten-free diet for a trial period of four months.
Well the four months are over. I am now permanently gluten-free.
I knew that something was working when I started feeling better and was able to gain some weight. And I had a sneaky suspicion that it had a lot to do with going gluten-free and not as much to do with the supplements and protein powder I was taking. But a very small part of me secretly hoped that maybe it wasn't gluten that was the problem and it was just a coincidence. Nope. No coincidence there.
Back at the beginning of March I got tested for the four main food sensitivities: gluten, dairy, eggs and soy. Last Thursday I got my test results back and had a phone appointment with my doctor in Ottawa. I don't fully understand how it all works and how they decide your level of intolerance but what I do know is that they want to see numbers under 10 in order for you to be fine with a food.
These were my results:
Gluten - 23
Dairy - 13
Eggs - 8
Soy - 10
So what that basically means is that I am intolerant to gluten, dairy and soy. But after having my appointment with my doctor, I have a plan in place. He wants me to continue eating gluten-free and that is for sure a permanent thing. No wiggle room there. As for the dairy, he wants me to do a trial elimination diet. I'm to cut dairy out of my diet 100% for a month and then add it back in and see how I feel. Once I do that, we'll have a better idea of how I respond to it.
He's really not concerned with the soy right now though. Since it's borderline normal, he told me to just focus on the gluten-free and dairy-free and we'll deal with the soy later if need be. That being said, I will try and minimize my soy intake, just not go crazy reading all ingredient labels for it. I like almond milk better than soy milk anyways.
So there you have it, the newest update on my health/sickness.
I am so relieved to finally have an answer, something to go with, that I know will work if I work at it. It's been almost two years of being sick and having no idea why, with no end in sight. And now I have an answer. Now I can actually tell people what is wrong with me instead of just saying that I've been "sick". It wasn't all in my head, my body was rejecting what I was putting into it.
And now begins a whole new journey. A journey of gluten-free dairy-free living. Not just a four month trial period but a true permanent adjustment. A whole lifestyle change. I bounce back and forth between being excited and being absolutely terrified and overwhelmed.