Sunday, 6 July 2008

Em's smiling again

Tony and I are happy to say that at last Em has her bounce back, it returned today almost un-noticed at first and then with a giggle and finally a full smile and laughter. Hoorah for being gluten-free!

We have had our dark moments this past week, Em had a violent reaction to the biopsy the following afternoon which lasted all week and meant she missed more school. But I think the biggest problem I have had is me! My friends at school have been very understanding and supportive through all of Em's illness and this week more than ever.
Until last week I have been positive (I usually am) I was looking forward to the biopsy as the goal to reach so that afterwards Em would be gluten-free and she would recover gradually, be able to return to school and see her friends. Em has missed them a lot over the last few weeks, they have rung and chatted and were delighted to see her on the odd days at school.
Em is easy to cook for as there isn't much she dislikes, but my problem was shopping for food (I dislike supermarket shopping) we haven't had the final results yet so we are still on our own. I spent lots of time researching Coeliac/Celiac on the web which helped, but when I went to the supermarket each trip took nearly three hours instead of one because I had to read each packet, tin and box I picked up. Each visit left me feeling tearful and upset - why? because all the things Em used to love she now can't eat e.g. croissants, biscuits, cakes, brown sauce, etc and yet I wanted to find her new things to try, food she would in time enjoy. (I also kept coming home with only half the shopping done)
So on my third trip to the supermarket I decided to try a different approach. I put a hand basket on the front of my trolley with the goal of filling it with gluten-free products for Em then I could make sure I had things for her as well as us. It worked wonderfully as I found some G.F soups, bread, cakes, biscuits, gravy mix, brown sauce, pasta and flour. I filled the small basket up to the top and then some of the items had to go into the big trolley. Hoorah!
Life got even better this weekend when we were visiting my parents in Dorset I dropped into Waitrose - Gluten free heaven for Emily. I found croissants, crumpets, honey nut maize flakes, chocolate chip muffin and finally a chocolate cake mix which I made up for tea on Saturday as we were celebrating my Dad's birthday. Everyone loved the cake and we all agreed it tasted as good as home made. We won't know until later this week what Em's results are, but I do now feel more positive that she can enjoy similar food to us (It just costs double, ouch!!!!!! )
But the best thing is Em feeling much better she is laughing and smiling again and her very infectious giggle is back, we had both missed that very much.
In my last post I mentioned the baby blanket I had made, I finally managed to take a photo. It doesn't do the colours justice but I'm sure you get the idea, It has cream, pink, blue, light blue/aqua, green, peach, purple, yellow.
I also treated myself to a new compact camera but in a week it galloped through four sets of batteries, two sets were rechargeable and the other two sets were not and each set only lasted for 10-20 pictures each! so I took it back and asked for a refund. Ho hum - I'll stick with the old Sony 4mp compact for the moment or my Sony DSC-H2 which takes beautiful pictures but just doesn't fit in my pocket.
I hope you have a good week, happy crafting Jane x


Locket Pocket said...

So glad to hear Em is feeling better - hope you get it all sorted soon. Lucy x

Willow said...

I'm so glad Em is feeling better!

I can totally identify with your dislike of grocery shopping! Hate it myself. The only exception is the farmers market which I thoroughly enjoy--maybe it's the atmosphere.

I hope you are able to find good help on this food journey.

Mrs Moog said...

Great to hear Em is starting to feel better.

It's a huge change for all of you but, in time, you'll get used to the new way of doing things. A friend of mine cannot eat gluten and she bakes the most wonderful gluten-free goodies.

Good luck!!


Anonymous said...

So sorry that life sems so difficult for Emm. I really hope that she is fully fit before too long

Elizabeth said...

Aren't we lucky t have modern medicine and can figure some of these problems out and well stocked grocery stores!
There is a blog,
You may want to check out her recipes.

Gina said...

Glad Em is feeling better. It does get easier as I've found with catering for a diabetic this year. And they do get used to eating different things too... so keep smiling!

Ally Jay said...

Good news on your GF hunt I see. We have Ranger who needs to be Wheat and gluten free and it does require a bit of thought. Hope that Em continues to improve and gets back into the swing of things. I wish you were my mum, al the trouble you're taking.

Unknown said...

so glad to hear Em is feeling better. x