after a string of irritating incidents at wake med, i’m now taking my gluten problem to an allergist. i get sick when i eat anything with gluten in it…what don’t you understand about that, wake med? i can’t eat it. no, i don’t want you to test my pancreas. no, i don’t want you to see if my liver or gall bladder is failing. i have no symptoms of that, but i do have a history of being allergic to wheat. i feel fine…except when i eat wheat. geeeeeeez. (can you tell i’m leaving wake med yet?) :)

anyway, geoff and i made delicious delicious gluten-free chex mix this weekend if anyone out there is gluten-free and interested! you’d be surprised what things have gluten in them, so i listed the brands as well.

gluten free chex mix

Mix in a large microwave-safe bowl:

4 1/2 cups Corn Chex

4 1/2 cups Rice Chex

2 cups Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels


Melt & mix in small bowl:

6 tbsp butter

2 tbsp Lea + Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

1 1/2 tsp season salt

3/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder


Pour mixture from small bowl over the large bowl and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.

Spread evenly to cool.

Add back into a large bowl and add 2 cups Reese’s Pieces (M&Ms are traditionally used but they do contain gluten, so if you’re sensitive, use Reese’s).

Enjoy! :)

dear wheat,

today i come crawling back.

after an almost definite diagnosis of celiac disease, we are back to the drawing board as today my team of doctors for the past 1.5 months announced that they can’t find anything wrong with me. that’s right. my stomach was visibly irritated and inflamed during the endoscopy, but they don’t know the reason for it and i’ve tested negative for everything they considered to be important, so they’re sending me on my way. and, after being doubled over in sickness and weakness for a long time, i don’t even have the words to say how irritated i am, but i guess it’s not their fault that they can’t diagnose me with anything concrete…and after spending several thousand dollars, i think i’m done getting tests for a while. :)

so today, wheat, i end my week-long avoidance of you due to my doctors telling me that they thought i was sick because of your tasty goodness. please accept my apologies and let me come back into your life. i love you, wheat.




evil wheat,

it was a false alarm.

the doctors told me i could eat you, so i did… and became violently ill shortly later. i have my eye on you, wheat. i don’t know what you’re doing yet, but i will find out…even if it takes a team of allergists and GI doctors. curse you, wheat. tonight i snuggle up with my rice cakes.




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