Healthy Habits and a New Life
After 22 vials of blood being drawn and a few days of anemia-induced exhaustion, I finally got my blood tests back. It was a gobledy-gook of numbers and codes that I didn’t understand. Well, today I got a call from my Dr. Now I understand the test results and have a plan for moving forward, and hopefully getting better.
Here’s what it comes down to:
I need to keep taking the water pill as needed and the stomach enzymes for at least 2 years, possibly forever. Since taking them I’m metabolizing my food better, I’ve started actually getting the full dosage of my medications and my body has stopped storing as much fat. I’ve lost almost 15 pounds and am now a fat version of myself, instead of looking like the guy from Silence of the Lambs put on my skin. I have a hourglass shape again, and cheek bones. Who knew! The best thing is that I’ve stopped taking one of my depression medications. I’m now only on Cymbalta.
My calcium was too high, which isn’t of great concern. Also, my vitamin D was too low. I start taking a Vitamin D-3 supplement and that should not only increase my vitamin D but also bind to the calcium and bring that into normal range.
My zinc level and histamine levels were both too low. I will start taking a Zinc supplement which should help with both of these.
And now for the bad news – I have a IgG sensitivity to wheat. This doesn’t mean I’m allergic to wheat, but it does mean that I need to seriously consider a wheat free diet. I’m an “over-methylator”. To deal with this We’re going to do a crash course of wheat free living for 7 days. I’m going to be 100% perfect for a week and see how I feel. It may not be necessary to do this forever, or it may be. We won’t know until we see how the week goes. I’m hoping this is going to lead to a better and healthier way of living, but still the occasional cookie!
I haven’t completely thought through what all of this is going to mean or how we’re going to manage it. It means some drastic changes. Eating out is going to be harder. Ordering pizza isn’t going to happen anymore. I’m going to have to be that lady who eats vegetables out of her purse at parties and I’m not sure I’m strong enough to do that, but I’m going to try.
So tomorrow I go pick up my Rx for more of the stomach enzymes and get the supplements I need to start taking. If all goes well, and I can figure out the diet, hopefully someday I’ll have a normal immune system. Its possible it might mean not needing the Cymbalta anymore too. So who has a good wheat free diet?