Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I have such plans that spiral about in my brain that when reality strikes, I'm sufficiently depleted.
Doc's appointment was today. I was ready to embark on a food allergy quest. What in the world are the foods that wreak such havoc on my tummy. I was going to discover the little monsters that could destroy my digestive system for weeks on end and banish them from my diet.
Mission was a disaster.
Apparently there is no 'basis' of food allergies - there is no set of criminals they can check for and eliminate. Nope.
Food Allergists are there for the extreme food allergies. The ones where life and death are concerned.
Okay, from what I understand, if I had broken out in hives they could have had somewhere to start but because the only thing that is happening is in the tummy, there are no tests that can really help.
Sure, lactose intolerance testing. Been there, done that. I was told I wasn't lactose intolerant. I still won't drink milk to this day. I even tried lactose free milk and forget it. So basically my Doc asked what would change with a lactose intolerance test and my response was nothing. Whether it's positive or negative, I know I can't drink milk. I know real cream (and more and more that edible oil stuff called Cool Whip) can cause such pain that fainting has become a very real possibility.
But then, where does Pizza Hut pizza fit in? Can't eat a piece of that stuff without destroying the digestive system for months. That said, I can eat pizza from other places without any harm (discovered this by being out at friends and having pizza brought in - not wanting to upset the hosts, I ate a piece of pizza and knew in a few hours I would be in major trouble. Only I wasn't.)
Discovered cashews can cause some trouble but I have to eat many of them at one time and it's not the horror show that real cream creates.
Still, I know to avoid these things now.
That damn salad dressing there in the summer that created the hell that followed? Haven't the foggiest notion why I had the gut reaction I did - brutal just touches on the pain.
It turns out I can't identify only one thing and allergists need that 'one thing' to test. I understand what the doc said, long story and all that but basically, my tummy will react to food however it feels.
So that pretty landscape I built in my brain, the one where I know what it is that will cause me such hardship has crumbled.
I'm blind again.
And so the tummy has played it's trump card.
Posted by CindyS at 7:27 PM