Sunday, January 27, 2013

Back From a LONG Break...

    ~Hello Friends!~

I can't tell you how excited I am to be sitting down to chat with you all once again! I will briefly fill you in on the reasons why I took a blogging break.

But first, you may have noticed that my blog name is now Nothing But Blue Skies, and the template is totally bare bones. I am going to be under construction for a while until the blog looks and feels the way I'd like it to. I hope you will excuse the dust.

Now, on to the reason for my extended absence...
I was in the middle of a very busy summer, a downstairs reno, and lots of company, and I was starting to feel more and more depleted. Something had to give, and I decided that it needed to be the blog. 

As the months went on, I started feeling worse instead of better. In November I wound up in the hospital. I had a lousy virus and had been sick for a week and a half with really high fever and lots of crazy symptoms. The day I went to the hospital I was feeing very strange, and they admitted me from the E.R. after taking my blood pressure (scary low) and running a few other tests.

Suffice it to say, my body went into some kind of crazy autoimmune melt down, and I stayed in the hospital for a few days while they tried to figure out what was wrong. 

After being released, I was sent to a Rheumatologist, who ran a battery of tests, and pronounced that I had Celiac disease, and another autoimmune disease that I was already aware of, but asymptomatic for.

Finally!! - a REAL reason for all of the crazy symptoms! It also was the missing link as to why I had developed colon cancer 3 1/2 years earlier, as untreated Celiac disease can lead to gastrointestinal cancers. 

It's been a couple of months since I have removed gluten from my diet, (no small feet, because it's in EVERYTHING, and there are like 50 different words to look for on labels) but I feel like a whole new person!! 

I have tons of energy now, and all it took was removing wheat from my diet! I love how I feel, and there are so many great gluten free alternatives, I am not suffering at all!

I am going to show you how my house looks after all of the work we had done this past year, but first, I will be taking a short trip to see some family and friends this week. 

Meanwhile, I am so happy to be back! Iv'e missed you all, and I hope you will like the new direction I have decided to take with the blog. 

Stay tuned!