Friday, February 14, 2014

Absence Makes the Gut Grow Stronger

Happy Hokey Romance Gestures Day, my little gluten-free lovebugs. I hope you all are gorging yourselves silly on all the finest GF candy you can find. I'll be abstaining from my usual V-Day sugar coma, but more about that in a minute.

This week (Feb. 12, to be exact), my CD diagnosis hit it's terrible twos. So I figured it would be fitting to post about it, and pretend that I didn't just go off the grid for a couple months. It's winter. I'm hibernating. I've crocheted armloads of things, watched a lot of Doctor Who and rekindled my love of all things fleece.

Oh, and then there's the whole hypoglycemia thing.

I know. I know. How does someone whose diet rivals Buddy the Elf have low blood sugar? But apparently, it's a thing. I'm not a doctor, but something about dramatic swings in blood sugar from doing things like not eating all day and then making a box of cookies dinner. Yes, I know that is a bad choice. But sometimes you need candy. And cookies. And if you're me, that sometimes is all of the time. I kept rationalizing my spiraling sugar problem - "it's okay, I can't have gluten." Until things got so out of hand that I came damn near to blacking out a couple of times in less than a week. Off to the GP I went, and when she wasn't happy with my labs, she sent me to an endocrinologist. The good thing is that the endo's pretty convinced that my hypoglycemia is all a product of being a sugarmonster and not eating regularly, since there was nothing in my labs to indicate anything else wrong with me. Thyroid? Fine. Adrenal glands? I'm a cortisol-producing superstar. The bad thing is that it worked pretty well for three weeks, so now I have to "limit" my sugar intake indefinitely.

So, instead of hoovering an entire bag of Hershey's Kisses today, I will be celebrating the day o' St. Valentine by letting Luke cook me up a delightful dinner, and then promptly whooping his butt in Scrabble.

Because, sometimes, the best things in life aren't food.

2 comments:

  1. Oh no! From one sugar lover to another, I feel your pain! The only thing I can say is *I think* "it gets better".

    I have a dear friend that has the hypoglycemia and she's learned how to pair foods well enough that her blood sugar is smooth sailing all day. She also has to eat lots of snacks through the day, but I'm sure that wouldn't be so terrible.

    Hang in there!

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    1. You have #cd, come on, you guys know better.

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