health is always on our mind at our house. sometimes we’re very thankful for so many improvements over the years. sometimes we’re frustrated at hard times. often it’s both at once. and now and then things change dramatically and it gets crazy. like now.
Michelle’s been doing a strict no-carb diet for her fibromyalgia for over 5 years, along with an obscure protocol involving medication, etc. her health has improved greatly, and she’s pretty much normal for most everyday tasks, but she still isnt what you’d call a healthy or well person. even so, we’re very thankful for how far she’s come. after a long time of going nowhere but the couch, it’s a stark contrast to keeping up with 2 toddlers.
but various circumstances have us convinced that she’s gluten-intolerant (in very simple terms, this means she can’t eat wheat without getting sick). this may be in addition to fibro, or it may be that the fibro was masquerading as the gluten issue. I wont go into it all here, but the bottom line is that she’s going on a gluten-free diet, which is a pretty big sea-change in her eating habits.
we’re used to having a restricted diet for her, so all the emotions and work involved are familiar. but it’s still pretty stressful. thankfully we have good friends on this path to help, as well as tons of resources available. behind the stress is a glimmer of hope: what if this is really “it”? what if she can be really well? after how many years, we almost dare not hope, but we do pray.
a little while ago we had “question time” during dinner. the question was the somewhat-over-used “what would you change about me?” kinda thing. my answer to her was: “I would have you be completely healthy”, and we both sat there with tears in our eyes. perhaps this is an answer to that and many other groans and prayers.