- "something funny that I ate"
- a few instances of being hung over
- stomach ulcers
Cut to a month later when I was convinced I was allergic to salad. (fact.)
My dad is the first one I called from my apartment to say something was wrong with my stomach. I explained my symptoms and he responded with the one thing I subconsciously knew but was denying. "It sounds like you're gluten intolerant." My dad has been a Celiac for as long as I can remember. His sister and my two cousins have Celiacs. My dad's mom was diagnosed with Celiacs about 6 years ago. So I guess you could say it runs in the family.
I went to my doctor (still was seeing my pediatrician) and told her about my symptoms and that I also believed I was allergic to salad. She laughed and assured me it wasn't salad, and she didn't think it was Celiacs but that we would do a blood test just to be sure.
A few days later I received a phone call from her and I quote:
"In all my years as a pediatrician I have never diagnosed anyone with Celiacs, however today you are my first. According to your blood test, you are REALLY, REALLY allergic to gluten"
And so it began.