Recently, I say recently, but it has probably been around 12 months since i’ve started feeling unwell. I’ve been plagued by fatigue, the kind i’ve never experienced before, nope not even the type that one suffers during pregnancy and during the sleepless nights with babies.
This fatigue was really something else. I’d even stopped writing (gasp) I know! Although the story keeps running in my mind even the simple task of tapping my fingers to the keyboard became such a huge task that I couldn’t even muster up the energy to do it, so I had to postpone writing Julian: The Rise Of The Prophecy and postpone the re-writing of The Danfians Prophecy. So I thought I’d take a trip to the doctors and desperately seek help for this tiredness and brain fog that has been plaguing me for some time.
After a few blood tests they discovered that I had a developed anti-bodies that were attacking my immune system and to further diagnose this disease they sent me of for an endoscopy. Anyone ever been through one of those? Well, on the appointment letter it mentioned that the procedure was only 10 minutes and I could have local anesthetic or general anesthetic, so I thought for a 10 minute procedure I will just go for the local and oh boy did I regret it. Having a tube forced down your esophagus whilst conscious is such a horrendous experience, I get shivers just even thinking about it!
After this traumatic experience it turned out that my small bowels were in fact damaged and that I now suffer from Celiac diease. I felt two things upon getting the diagnoses, firstly at last, there is a reason for this debilitating fatigue and now I can put procedures in to place to make myself feel better again. Secondly the procedure that I have to put into place is eliminating all Wheat, Barley and Rye products from my diet. How does one completely avoid wheat? I have to be careful when I eat out or order takeaway, I have to check the labels on all manufactured foods and junk food. I mean if i felt like some junk food I would pop in to my local shop and find something, but now I have to think of these things in advance, make a special trip to a huge supermarket and buy gluten free products at double the amount I pay for normal food! Have you tried the Gluten free cakes? Yuk it’s like eating cardboard. My food habits have to completely change and no body likes change.
Nevertheless the changes have to be made in order for me to feel well again and I’m soo looking forward to feeling normal. I’m just glad that after 12 months of suffering from this exhaustion the end is finally in sight. So I’m going to venture and explore all the Gluten free products that the market place has to offer and try to enjoy it! (I say giving a fake grin). And then once i’m feeling better I will return to writing…Yeay!!!