Do you ever feel like life gets ahead of you and all of the sudden you realize that days have gone by and you feel like you are just going through the motions? Since this new school year has started, I feel like this is exactly what has happened to me. The excitement of the new year, Brayden starting Preschool, and trying to get back into a normal routine is tiring, overwhelming, and leaves me wondering how I am going to start graduate classes again in addition to this craziness. Last night when we sat down for dinner, the kids didn’t want to eat for whatever reason. Instead of fighting with them, Martin and I were able to enjoy a quiet dinner and just catch up with each other and simply say, “hi, how are you doing, how was your day?” It was so nice and it was much needed time together. And honestly, with all the busyness and unexpected health around the past few days, it was such a great reminder that we need to have more kid free conversations.
The last couple of days have been even more difficult with my stomach issues flaring up again, making simple tasks like making dinner or reading to the kids extremely difficult. When I can’t even do the simplest tasks at home as a wife and mom, it is probably the worst part of having digestive problems. One of the stomach/health problems I have is Celiac disease. This is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack itself when gluten is consumed; or in my case consumed, touched, or exposed. During my initial diagnosis, I honestly was bummed that I wasn’t able to eat gluten for the simple reason of “what about birthday cake” or “I have to do what to stay safe.” But within a couple of weeks, feeling better really meant that eliminating gluten from my diet made that much more sense.
In addition to Celiac disease, I also have a stomach condition call gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is the medical term for delayed gastric emptying, which basically means that someone with gastroparesis doesn’t digest their food like normal. There are many symptoms that affect what you can eat and how your food is digested. This stomach condition really limits what I can eat and how much of it because of the “paralysis” of the stomach. So in addition to not being able to consume gluten, this was tricky at first and I had to learn even more about food, nutrition, and cooking/baking. It was a tough couple of months, but I focused on what I was able to have rather than focusing on what I couldn’t. Now, I really don’t ever feel like I’m deprived of a specific food or not able to cook my favorite meals. It was about being open to learning, compromise, and knowing what my health’s best interest was. Plus, I learned to make the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that I will soon be sharing! Click here to see my post about my cookies!
To be honest, I was totally out of commission over the last few days. It was horrible and scary because I haven’t been that sick in such a long time. It brought me back to my initial diagnosis almost 10 years ago and it freaked me out on how I was going to manage my kids, going to work, and life itself. But thankfully I have learned so much over the years about my health, I was able to recover in a much shorter timeframe- even though it was equally as painful. My trooper hubby is such a godsend and I couldn’t be more thankful for his help with our kids, the house, meals, and even laundry. I wouldn’t be able to make it without him even on the good days, because sometimes, this is life.