Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gluten Free Writing

The great thing about writing is that you get to take life's challenges, and turn them into opportunities for assignments! My article "Gluten Free Dining in the Bay Area" in June's Parents' Press newspaper is an example of this. Having a son who is gluten free, I've become a reluctant expert on where to dine without wheat. But I also learned a lot about Celiac disease as I researched this article, so it added to my conversation today with my son's doctor at his yearly physical.

So now we get to decide if we want an official Celiac diagnosis, which would mean putting him back on gluten, having a blood test, and possibly an endoscopy, and if in fact he does have Celiac disease, or is just gluten intolerant, we would just end up back where we are now- avoiding gluten. I'm not sure if it's worth all that, but we'll see.

For now, I'm just grateful for all the food options we have that are gluten free.


Trish Wilkinson said...

If you already know your child is sensitive to gluten, you would probably all be happier without the trauma of getting an official diagnosis. Why put him through unnecessary discomfort to satisfy curiosity? Do you think it will make a difference in his treatment long term? If so, that's one thing, but sometimes it's best not to know stuff like this--one less thing to worry about.

Jenni said...

Hi Kristy! This is Jenni from Lisa's class. I was just perusing your blog tonight and was so glad to see this post on your GF reviews. I wrote an article on the gluten-free diet this summer and, though no one in our family avoids wheat, I learned SO much. Looking forward to working with you this month in class!