So often I write about how easy it is to transform ingredients into delicious gluten free yummies and that it is not a difficult process. And indeed it's not. It requires some adjustment and some imagination and for me, it involves a lot of love. Love for my daughter who is Coeliac. Love for my daughter that was terribly sick as a young child because of Coeliac Disease.
But I'm not going to sit here and lie and tell you that being Coeliac is a breeze. It's not. I am an upbeat person 95% of the time. I am. But today.. today I am going to shed some light on the downside of being Coeliac and be brutally honest. Lets get down to brass tacks. Coeliac Disease blows.
It has taken away spontaneity of going out.
It has taken away vast menu options.
It is often ostracizing.
Planning and research and continual questioning has become the norm.
I could not fault the response time for the ambulance - thank God for the Ambo's. An assessment was done and the decision to take her to hospital was made. The officers told me they had never really seen a reaction to gluten quite like Abbey's before.
The emergency department was operating at full capacity at that time of the evening, especially for a Friday so, by the time a doctor got around to us and Abbey had slept a while, she had all but recovered. And that's the way it goes you know. When the doctor finally got to her and she was looking pretty OK again you can't help but think that they are thinking "um..why are you here.."
So whilst it's not ideal, Abbey & I have the support of our immediate family and countless others who find themselves on the same Coeliac scenic cruise.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - there are far worse things it's true but it's cathartic to vent.