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Two Humbling Experiences

 
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Polly
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, corn, yeast, chocolate, tomato, white potato, celery, sesame, carrot, yellow squash, lamb, pork, mango, strawberry, almond, cashew, vanilla, grapefruit, raspberry, avocado, mustard, paprika, cauliflower, cucumber, plum, and more!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:03 am    Post subject: Two Humbling Experiences Reply with quote

Mornin'!

We went to visit my MIL last weekend, which necessitated some eating out. Since LEAP has gone so well the past 3 months, I got a little too cocky. Tee Hee.

At one meal, some home fries came with my steak and eggs. They had been cooked in bacon grease. MRT showed I was sensitive to white potatoes and pork. They looked and smelled so good that I just had to eat about 3 small bites. I was lucky. No D but within a few hours I had a BM that floated (1st time in 3 mo.).

I was emboldened to try a cup of crab soup at the next meal. MRT showed me sensitive to the following ingredients in the crab soup: tomatoes, corn, carrots, celery. Oooops, this was a big mistake! I felt yukky and had at least 3-4 pure, watery D attacks in the next 24 hours (the 1st watery D in 3 mo.). Two of these attacks came the next day as I was sitting in the dentist chair for a root canal. I had forgotten that awful fear that comes from being in a situation where it is not that easy to jump up and run for the toilet.

Moral of the story: Do NOT think you can get away with introducing your sensitive foods after 3 months. MRT knows best!

Love,

Polly
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, dairy, eggs (maybe more?)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polly,

I'm sorry you had these bumps in the road! The combination of root canal, feeling yucky, and watery D attacks - that's just No Good. The fact that you don't even mention the root canal as a negative experience, other than feeling trapped in the chair... well, that's a great illustration of that MC does to our lives.

I am amazed that you can eat crab (good thing, too, in Maryland!). I once had a scary feeling while eating soft-shelled crab (of course, it could have been something else in that dish), so have assumed it was a 'risky' ingredient. This is such a complex process.

Hope you're back to feeling better this week,

Sara
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Polly, you were living dangerously! Sorry to hear you had a not-so-nice reaction to your sensitive foods, especially sitting in the dentist's chair- yikes! Hopefully once everything cleared out of your system you are back to healthy Norman sitings.Smile I just finished root canal number 1 last week and am starting my second one next week so I feel your pain.

I wonder if those foods will always remain a no-no for you or if, say, in a few years of avoidance, you will be able to tolerate small amounts of some of them. Was Mary Beth able to add some reactive foods back into her diet without problem?

I recently dined out at a Bravo and wasn't going to eat but when the chef caught wind of my *issues* via the server, he came out to the table and insisted that he could make something for me that I would enjoy and would be safe. He personally cooked and brought out some sauteed shrimp, carrots and potatoes which looked and tasted fabulous. I have no idea what he did to the carrots and potatoes but they had a nice crunch on the outside and where tender on the inside. He used only olive oil, salt and garlic in the dish... I guess that's why they call him a *chef*;) I had no problems at all! I sent a letter off to corporate singing Chef Jeff's praises.

I hope you were able to enjoy the trip despite your slip ups.

Hugs,
Kelly

P.S. The steak and eggs sound so good!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, Kelly, nice chef! And good for you for making sure he gets appreciated.

I'm going to make sure the wording of my 'chef cards' in French is especially friendly, and keep my fingers crossed for such a great stroke of luck!

--Sara
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Food Intolerances : gluten, soy, casien, eggs, legumes, Pepto Bismol, all fruit (incl. tomatoes), all root vegetables, onions, peppers, carrageenan, chicken, beef, orange roughy, cucumber, vinegar, all squash, chocolate, olives, buckwheat, millet, tapioca, sorghum, rice
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polly,

I'm glad you got away with the fried potatoes; too bad the crab soup bit you back. How awful that you were sitting in the dentist's chair when revenge struck.

The good thing is that you have reached the point where you can pinpoint exactly what the offensive food is. It took a long time to get there, didn't it? But what a relief to know that you merely need to avoid that particular food and don't need to start from scratch trying to figure it out.

You are an inspiration to all of us. If you want to indulge once in a while, well, that makes you human.

Gloria
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, yeast, carrot, chicken, avocado, grapefruit, raspberry, yellow squash, soy, pecan, eggplant, celery, tilapia, shrimp, crab, lobster, tuna, fructose, black pepper
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Polly, what a horrendous situation to find yourself in. I was wondering if you also experienced the incredible "urgency" that often comes along with WD? I imagine that the sense of urgency comes from the build-up of gas in the intestines?

Hearing how sensitive your system still is after having a "clean bill" on your last colonoscopy makes me think that all people have food sensitivities and just may not know what they are? We LEAPERS are probably ahead of the game, by learning so much about how to taylor our diets Very Happy .

Hope you're back to "norman" by now.

Love,
Kari
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Egg, Beef, Chicken, All fruit, All vegetables except some squash, Corn, Rice, Maple, Basil, Coconut, Cane Sugar, Carob, Vanilla, Mustard, Polysorbate 80, Capsaicin, MSG, Benzoic Acid,
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polly,

I guess it was worth a try to try the different foods. So sorry it didn't work and especially at the dentist. I have had to literally get up from a patient and excuse myself right in the middle of a procedure (I'm a dental hygienist) and run to the bathroom praying that no one is in there. Fortunately we have a men's and a women's and it doesn't bother me in the least to use the men's...well maybe a little. Ha!

Pat
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, tapioca
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polly,

You are in Phase 6 and it's OK to try some reactive foods, but one at a time is best. We don't know which one(s) you reacted to. Also, contamination is always a concern in restaurants.

But your choices do sound delicious . . . .I can see why you were so tempted!

Love,

Mary Beth
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polly-

Yes those humbling experiences a very real to many of us. I never make a dentist appointment till the afternoon. Have not had a lot of problems lately but if they do come along they are in the morning so put it off for later . Even though, I spend the day freaking out about going to the dentist. I hate it but know it is stupid to put it off.

At the beginning of the month I desperately looked for a chines food restaurant to take a friend to for a birthday celebration and after calling and talking to several places had no confidence at all that it would work.

Ended up making my own sweet and sour chicken from things that I got from the grocery that I knew were safe.

It was good but I can’t say great, so won’t post the recipe until I can figure out some improvements. It was a fun birthday cleabration none the less.

So amazing to have to walk such a fine line isn’t it .


Love

Matthew
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Polly
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Location: Maryland

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Good Buddies,

Thanks so much for the support and for sharing your experiences and thoughts.

Sara, you know, you are right - as much as I hate dental procedures, I was more fearful of an MC accident. Gulp.

Kelly, I am back to normal, thanks. Good luck with root canal #2. I hope you can eat eggs again one day. Wish we could clone your chef!

Gloria, truer words were never spoken (being able to pinpoint a particular offensive food). It IS a relief to be at this point, finally. I will probably wait another 3 mo. and try some of my yellow foods again.

Kari, After being GF for a while, I found that the urgency was much better, even though I was still having D. Luckily, I did have a few minutes to run from the dentist chair to the bathroom, but it was a close call - the bathroom was out in the hallway. I am also thinking that all have food sensitivities.

Pat, three cheers for dental hygienists! Mine "saved" me during the root canal last week. Before the dentist came in, I shared with her that I was experiencing D because of food sensitivities. She must have said something to the dentist, because when he came in, he made a point of telling me that he would arrange for "breaks" during the procedure in case I needed a bathroom break. It turned out that the hygienist had multiple food sensitivities, too, and thus was most understanding of my issues.

Mary Beth, I know, I know, test one food at a time. I don't know what got into me. And I don't trust restaurants. But I think I will wait another 3 mo. before testing yellow foods.

Matthew, thanks for the reminder to schedule appts. in the afternoon. Always a smart move!

Love,

Polly
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polly,

I can relate. I was at a Cracker Barrel where I tasted some of their biscuits. Big mistake! But we can all be forgiven for falling off the wagon every now and then, right?

Rich
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