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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Grains of Gratitude

1. I'm grateful Kayla did so well with the upper endoscopy and whole medical environment. She really has come a long way in her comfort level of all things medical-related. It used to be such a fight to get her to cooperate with anything. I'm so glad she didn't resist and cry when she was led away by the nurses because that would have caused me to cry and be even more stressed!

2. I'm grateful that I'm living here and had my mom for support during this time...to be at the hospital with me, but also to pretty much take care of Lucas so I could focus on Kayla. It was such a blessing to not worry about keeping him occupied, fed, and entertained!

3. I'm grateful we were able to talk to Joe at the hospital after Kayla was done with the procedure. It helped to hear his voice and I know Kayla enjoyed it too.

4. I'm grateful for everyone's prayers, comments, and emails to me about this new diagnosis we're dealing with. Thank you for the advice and links too - they really have been helpful!

5. I'm grateful for all the things Kayla can still eat like fruits and dairy - she loves her yogurt and cheeses! I'm grateful she can eat corn tortillas when we make quesadillas, and corn tortilla chips, and that she already eats/likes rice cakes and popcorn and peanuts/almonds...so she can still enjoy those snacks. She ate Vans Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles yesterday and seemed to like it. Several months ago I started buying the EnviroKidz cereal and granola bars because they were a healthier option and she likes those, thankfully they just happen to be gluten-free as well. Now we just need to find a little more variety in the cereal department though!

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15 comments:

datri said...

We started with the Van's also. They are convenient but expensive! We've been making and freezing our own waffles using Pamela's gluten free baking mix. Much cheaper!

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

You have so much to be grateful for! I am glad everything is going so well and you seem to have a few food options going already.

Katie said...

The absolute best pancake mix out there is Kinnickinnick (sp?) pancake mix, that comes in a white bag. I have tried a lot of different kinds, and this one has a great texture (many are on the grainy side) and makes a really nice pancake. We make a bunch and refrigerate them to use for PB&J sandwiches for Ben's school lunches. They are thin enough to roll up, as well.

And remember, Gluten Free Bread always tastes better toasted! We like Sami's Bakery Millet (or Millet and Flax seed) bread.

You are doing great with this whole GF thing! It will come naturally soon enough.

Jann said...

Sending your family many hugs and prayers. I need to see everything I missed as it sounds as though you have been busy!

Bailey's Leaf said...

Glad to see that you are taking this new diagnosis well. You are right! There are so many other things that she can eat and gluten happens not to be one of those options. But, it sounds like you were going a little gluten free anyhow, so that is great!

Glad to hear that you were able to speak with Joe, especially at the hospital. What a lift that had to give both Kayla and you.

And family? What great people! Glad that you are surrounded by folks who can love on the kids with you and help out when needed!

Christina said...

Great post! I am so glad that you guys have a lot of food choices already!

Corey~living and loving said...

really sounds like you are coping well, and have so very much to be grateful for.

I'm especially glad you have family there to help out. that is priceless.

Carolie said...

Some of my favorite gluten-free sites:
http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com (Shuna’s book is about to come out!)
http://www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/
http://www.iamglutenfree.blogspot.com/
http://aglutenfreeguide.com/
http://freshginger.org/
http://heatherstrang.com/blog/wheathttp://www.bookofyum.com/blog/

Here is a list of many of the gluten-free products carried by Trader Joe’s: http://www.traderjoes.com/Attachments/NoGluten.pdf

Here is a list of many of the gluten-free products carried by Whole Foods: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/gluten-free-products.php (and if you do a search on the Whole Foods site, they have

Here is a coupon for gluten-free pizza at Uno Chicago Grill (I don't know if you have one near you, but they are all over!) http://www.unos.com/coupons/glutenfree Coupon expires at the end of
May!

Just in case you ever get stationed overseas again, one can print gluten-free cards in 42 languages for when one travels, to explain to servers and chefs about wheat allergies: http://www.celiactravel.com/restaurant-cards.html . The rest of the site is very interesting for those traveling with celiac.

The Girls' Mommy said...

I want to say I am SO impressed with the way you sound like you're handling this. Awesome job. We've been thinking about you!

A Life Full of Love said...

Glad she is able to still enjoy her favorite foods!!

Lacey said...

I'm glad you've found some good foods for her. Sorry I can't help in the cereal dept. but I understand, my boys would eat cereal all day if I would let them.

mommaof4wife2r said...

praises are great...and you talked to daddy at the hospital. i'm so happy!

i am so glad also that you guys have some easier food options still available...that should def make things a little more "normal".

so, here's what i wanna know...how did you come to the point where the dr's knew there was something up? how did they know it was more than reflux?

Jennifer said...

I'm glad that she is still able to have so many of the foods that she loves so much!! It's awesome that you were able to talk to Joe on that day, I know how peaceful it can make your heart just to hear his voice. I hope that all else is still going well.

chelle said...

What a big change for you! Hang in there and you are awesome to see all that you can be grateful for :)

Ann Robertson said...

Michelle,
Thank you for your grains of gratitude. I fail to be grateful for the little things when there are so many overwhelming things in life and your post helped me.
I also wanted to share with you that we put our daughter 2 yrs old on a GFCF diet to help her attention and behavior, at the recommendation of a doctor. Since then I have been on the lookout of good foods in the area. It sounds like you are well on your way, better than we were, so I just will say that I look forward to your posts about how to manage the diet. It is not so bad once you find the stores and products.
Good luck!
Ann R in DC