We've had an interesting week at Chez Andrews. To say the least.
Last week we visited our doctor for a routine medication checkup and she had her staff call and ask for more time with Hubby. Oh crap. What could it be? Cancer, heart, prostate? After 50 you never know, do you?
The previous week, when we had some routine blood work done, our Doc also had a new test for food allergies run on Himself. Because he's already got a number of known food allergies (sesame, peaches, melons, carrots, salmon, etc.), she suggested a new test known as the the ICAP. Sounded like a great idea, right? Hubby has had long-term acid reflux and a strangling sensation in his larynx for months and was getting pretty tired of it and was willing to try darned near anything.
What were the results? My poor Hubby is allergic to:
Our first reaction was relief--it was something we could manage and he would be OK. Then we experienced all of Kubler-Ross' five stages of grief, but we are rapidly moving to acceptance. We found a gluten-free bakery in Pacific Grove when we visited his Mom this week and bought some bread and a flourless chocolate cake for the freezer. The difficult part is that many alternative recipes use either corn flour or soy flour in the mixture that substitutes for wheat flour.
I've spent the last 13 years since meeting my sweetie, perfecting the making of artisan breads and homemade pastas--the very foods that were making him sick. We bought a bread machine today and all sorts of alternative flours so we can start our new journey together.
We have a wonderful life and a can-do attitude, but this kind of threw us for a loop....big time.
On the good side, after a wheat-soy-corn-free week, his throat is better and he's been able to quit the acid reflux meds. His immune system went into shock (and withdrawal?) and he caught a case of bronchitis that has him pretty miserable.
He's just grateful that he can still eat his homemade cheese and salami and drink red wine.
I think I'll go pour up a glass.......