Bear with me. I haven’t blogged for a few days and I never sit down and compose these things in advance, preparing an outline, composing a rough draft, editing, tweaking and finally posting something that I’ve lingered over for hours or days. I just sit at my netbook and type. (I should say, though, that over the last year, when epilepsy and the effects of medication have made it very difficult to concentrate and express myself in lucid, intelligent thoughts, it was often necessary to proofread my posts several times before hitting the “publish” button).
So…..with that being said, I’m going to launch off into a series of topics with no idea where this is going to take us…… 🙂
If you don’t live in the Emerald City (Seattle)….well, all I can say is “I’m Sorry!!!” because it is absolutely glorious here right now!!! It’s mid-February and we’ve got clear blue skies and highs near 60! WOW! I had a date with Neurologist #2 yesterday so as I drove west on 520 over Lake Washington I saw the Seattle skyline silhouetted against the snowcapped Olympic mountains under a clear blue sky. It was GORGEOUS! I now see a neurologist at the University of Washington Medical Center, a change prompted primarily by a desire for efficiency. Neurologist #1 was never there when I needed him. Yesterday I was in an out so fast that the cup of tea that I left waiting in my car was still warm when I got back to the parking garage! 🙂 Efficiency makes me very happy; inefficiency makes me very cranky. It also makes me happy when my neurologist is happy with the way the way things are going. We both agreed to stay with the current medications for now and I will have a follow-up MRI soon. Great News!
On the way home from Seattle, I stopped at the Whole Foods in Seattle. Now, if you don’t know me, you might think….”oh, that’s nice…you went to the grocery store”….but no….it’s much more than that. Whole Foods is more like…..hmmm….a religious pilgrimage! I have been know to weep at the sight of lamb chops in the Whole Foods meat counter; get goosebumps at the artistically arranged produce. This is my Mecca! We don’t have a Whole Foods within an easy driving distance of our home so making a trip to Whole Foods is a big deal and, since I haven’t been able to drive for the last year, those outings have been even more rare. I LOVE to just wander through Whole Foods and find new things to try. I started in the deli yesterday and got a little cabbage salad for lunch (which I topped with some RED quinoa for protein. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as RED quinoa!!!) Then….sample some cheeses….YUM!!! 🙂 Wander through the bakery and remember what bread and pastries used to tasted like (more about gluten-free later), then…..the Olive Bar! Well…..this is when the Joy just started to bubble over and I had to make a phone call. David and Lesley introduced me to Whole Foods and I’m afraid that this is not the first phone call that they’ve received from a crazed, squealing woman, deliriously happy in aisles of Whole Foods. “They’ve DOUBLED the size of the Olive Bar!” I squealed. “At first I thought that they’d done it with mirrors but…NO!…it’s twice the size that it was the last time that I was here!” I had such a good time…I’m tearing up now just thinking about it! 🙂
One of the reasons why I wanted to stop at Whole Foods was to check out their “gluten-free” products. Without going into a lot of detail, back in December, I decided to experiment with going “gluten-free” to see if it would have an affect on any of my symptoms. What I discovered was that my head became “clearer”, my insomnia improved remarkably (from 2 – 3 hours sleep/night to 6 – 7 hours!), recent bloodwork shows that the I’m no longer anemic (after suffering from iron deficiency anemia for several years) and a cluster of plantar warts that I’ve had on my foot for years is going away, suggesting that my immune system is finally improving. I had been tested for celiac disease last spring but the bloodwork was negative. I did not have the biopsy of the small intestine which is the “gold standard” for diagnosing celiac disease. Considering how many times I’ve had a scope down there…. 🙂 …. it’s a shame that we didn’t do the biopsy because all of the books say “don’t go gluten-free without doing the biopsy first”. Well, I didn’t do this by the books but I had enough evidence to suggest this was worth trying and the results have been significant enough to suggest that it’s worth sticking with. So there you go…..
So I’m gluten-free. No bread. No cookies. No pastries. No wheat, barley, rye, farro, spelt……in any form….at all….ever. Have you ever looked at gluten-free stuff? 😦 A lot of it is not too appealing and most of it is pretty expensive for what you’re getting. I have found a few things that I like, though. I was particularly excited when Starbucks started offering Lucy’s Cookies in their stores. Now, if you’re someone who can eat anything in the Starbucks pastry case, these may not appeal to you but if you’re someone who walks into Starbucks and can’t eat anything…..this is a godsend!!! 🙂 I also found some crackers at Whole Foods yesterday that I really like: Mary’s Gone Crackers.…and, of course (my daughters will nod and sigh) I LOVE the caraway flavor.
Eventually I left Whole Foods with a little bag of treats and on the way home I found “554”…..more squeals!!!! It takes so little……
Then, yesterday afternoon, I went to the airport to pick up a puppy that I had co-bred and co-own with my friend, Alyce. Her name is “Bayeux” (pronounced “bayou”), Talbot Hill Bayou Oaks Tapestry, named for the famous Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy. She’s nine weeks old and “dripping with ears”…… 🙂 !!!!!! I LOVE that!!!! She has a wonderful temperament and has adjusted beautifully to her new life here.
You know, I think that’s enough for today! I’m gonna get out and enjoy the sunshine! 🙂