This weekend my whole crew of littles were fed from the wrong spaghetti leftovers. They were accidentally “Glutened” by mistake, and the mistake ultimately was mine for not having made sure myself that those leftovers went straight in the trash and never made it into my fridge. I thought they were pitched, but instead they’re wreaking havoc in my children’s digestive systems. Selah is doing well, just they typical rash. She’s actually off on a hike with a friend’s family today. Jake has been grouchy. touchy and had one accident that I know of. He doesn’t say anything anymore if he’s bleeding. At seven years old, he’s decided to be a man about it and I have to trust that he’ll let me know if he needs help. Lucas and Irie are both in pull-ups, with full blown loss of control and bleeding rashes.
Life in our house is rough when #$*% happens. And by $#&% I do mean gluten. Being gluten-free has become very trendy lately. On one hand I love that there are more options, and I DO believe that the majority of people shouldn’t be eating gluten. Certainly not as much as we do!
But there’s one little side effect of everyone wanting to treat gluten like a dietary choice. People like my family don’t have a choice. So when their friends know others who are “gluten-free” but cheat when they want to (I’m personally guilty of this for me, but NOT for my kids) they assume that everyone can. It’s like someone on a diet. But this isn’t a diet. Gluten tears my babies up. It throws our whole household off for a few days. My children have intestinal bleeding and bleeding rashes. It’s not the same as sneaking a bite of cake and not counting the calories. It’s devastating.
And no one has acted as if it’s not serious for us. We’re surrounded by loving friends and family who care. I’m so grateful for that! It’s just that I see the general public being more aware of gluten, but in a way that desensitizes them. They see it as a fad. And who doesn’t know someone who read an article and decided that they must be gluten intolerant? Once again, they most likely are! And I love sharing and helping people become GF. It’s just the way it is perceived as a simple choice in general that scares me. And I suppose for me, I wonder if people think that I’m doing it for attention (let me tell you, NO ONE in their right mind would be doing this for 6+ years, with 4 kids, for an ego boost).
Anyway, that’s the end of my rant. Shit happens. In my house, it tends to start out with gluten. I just needed to pout publicly for a minute. It’s not what I typically blog about at all, but darn it. It stinks.
And speaking of stink, some uninvited guest seems to have climbed up into the new, lovely wall that my husband finished in the bathroom a few weeks ago. The stench is so overwhelming that I’d almost RATHER change a pullup in the living room than sit and “wait” with them in the reekugb stench of our only bathroom. See, there’s always a silver lining, right? Travis will be back from Greenville late tonight so I don’t see much hope of finding the offender today.
Lucas is crying and leaking down his leg. Irie is at my side crying and saying that her tummy hurts. Jake just ran through the house screaming “I’m not going to make it to the bathroom!”
Lord have mercy on my babies and their poor bellies and bumms!