G and I were best friends. I mean, I LOVE G. Couldn't live without G. And I'm sure G love(d) me too as G did not give me any problems at all back then.
And then it started......
G started hurting me.
Caused me pain.
So much misery.
That all I could do was lie in bed and cry.
And yet, after all the pain and misery that G has inflicted upon me, I still love G. And would accept G back into my life in a heartbeat.
You must be wondering who G is.
G is G.L.U.T.E.N!!!!!
I had somehow become gluten intolerant.
It was sometime after the surgery end last year that this intolerance/sensitivity started. The first time I noticed was some bloating after drinking barley water. Did not give it much thought though.
And then I ate some red bean bun and thought that I had come down with some sort of food poisoning.
Soon, oats gave me diarrhoea so bad that I thought my entrails would be expunged.
And slowly it escalated to weekly episodes.
I was constantly feeling ill. Cold sweat, nauseated, always felt as though I was coming down with influenza or some killer-virus, severe migraine for no apparent reason, diarrhoea, sharp and excruciating pain in the abdomen, feverish, severe bone-crushing-pain, a strange metallic taste in my mouth and paranoia. It was happening so frequently that Joel told me that something was very wrong for me to be feeling unwell so frequently. I was consuming so much porridge at one point that some of my friends started asking me whether I was eating or not. I was losing weight. I was exhausted. I couldn't sleep. And all I was consuming was LOW in salicylates!!! What the hell was I doing wrong??????
So I started keeping track of the weekly attacks that soon became almost daily.
Biscuits, bread, cakes, flour, barley, oats, muffins, white sauce...etc.
It all came down to gluten.....
So I thought it was celiac. But nope, the blood tests showed that it isn't. The blood tests also showed that I am not allergic to wheat or barley or oats. I have been on a gluten-free diet for about a month. I improved. I wasn't sick anymore. And so I experimented by consuming something with gluten again. And WHAM! I was sick all over again.
I saw Dr. Yadav and he said that it was obvious that I had developed some intolerance/sensitivity to gluten.
I guess my relationship with G can never be mended......
(But I know that there are gluten-free oats that are sold! Hehe...)