We’ve been dog-sitting this week for my friend. Paca is a Chihuahua and a bit of a nervous little thing. She just started to warm up to us today—being playful and cute and not shaking all over everytime she sees us. G was playing next to her (about two feet away) growling in her little G voice and playing in her imaginative world. Paca felt threatened and bit G on her left hand. I put Paca in her kennel and rushed G upstairs to wash her hands and check the bite. I called the Pediatrician to find out if G would be okay since all her immunizations are up-to-date. While on the phone, we discovered that the skin was not actually broken, it was just bleeding underneath. But unfortunately, since I had notified the clinic, they had to file a report with the Public Safety department and G had to be seen by the doctor. Now Paca will be watched for 10 days to watch for signs of rabies. G made out like a bandit with Bob the Builder stickers and a Dora sticker (from the immunization clinic where I got my flu shot today).
G had her blood drawn today for a new test called, “Tissue Transglutaminase” to test her for Celiac. If it comes back positive, she will be sent to Fargo for a biopsy. A biopsy is still considered the “gold-standard” for diagnosing Celiac Disease (gluten-sensitive enteropathy). So, I’ll probably have to have a biopsy as well to conclusively diagnose me.
I’ve been reading my cookbook I bought last year about Gluten-Free cooking. It’s very educational. I’m finding out all kinds of new things like my villi (in my small intestine) will actually start to heal as I stay on a strict gluten-free diet, and “cheating” on my diet – even if I don't get any symptoms--will do further damage to my body. I could get osteoporosis, a neurological illness or even lymphoma. And that it’s not too far-fetched to get lymphoma. The chances are actually 40% higher than a non-Celiac. Gluten is like a toxin to people with celiac disease, because it damages their intestines. I’m learning how to read labels. I’ve called a lot of companies in the past 9 days since I’ve learned about my condition. But you know, I consider myself lucky that I have an answer to what ails me and I don’t need surgery or medication—just a gluten-free diet.