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Sometimes life throws you a curve ball…

If any of you who follow my blog are wondering what’s happened to me, let me just share what I’ve been through this past week.

Last week I had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic called Cephalexin.  It started out as a rash on my arm but quickly spread covering my entire body in a rash and hives.  I have never been so miserable in my life!  I have been put on high levels of steroids and anti-histamines which make me feel like I’m always in a fog and unable to function.  The steroids can also make you feel irritable and on edge so then I was prescribed another medication for anxiety to help calm me down but it basically makes you want to sleep all day.  Yesterday was pretty scary when I could feel itchiness in my throat.  I went to the doctor and he said he could see the rash in my throat now.  So I was given another shot of a different kind of steroid.  Basically, I have just been in a complete fog this whole last week and everything has been a blur.  I feel horrible that I haven’t been posting on the blog or been keeping up on my projects but it’s hard to do when you can barely get out of bed.

Beginning of rash on arm
beginning of rash on arm

Stomach rash
rash on stomach

Sorry if these pictures gross you out! But this is basically what my entire body was covered in. Yuck!

On a brighter note, today I’m starting to feel a little better.  The hives are still there but they look like they might be starting to fade.  I’m hoping that this stuff is finally working it’s way out of my system and that I can finally get back to normal life.  With all of this happening and at the same time the kids were going back to school, I felt like my life was turned upside-down.

Please don’t give up on me!  I have lots of projects and ideas coming up and I promise that I will be back at it 100%!


Going gluten-free {update}

It’s now been over 3 months since I started a gluten-free diet and I’m still feeling great!  My energy levels are still way better than they used to be and I’ve lost 20 pounds :)  I should also add that I have also been exercising every day and also trying to cut out sugar.  I think all of these things combined are helping me to live a healthier life and I really just feel tons better.

But on another note, I wanted to share will all of you an experience I had the other day.  My husband and I had gone out to dinner with some friends to a hibachi restaurant.  I simply asked the waitress there what they had that was gluten-free.  She just looked at me and said “nothing” (which wasn’t true..they had chicken, steak, salmon, vegetables and rice.  Last time I checked these things were all gluten-free?) So I said “is that because you use soy sauce on everything?”  She just looked at me kind of puzzled.  I told her that soy sauce had gluten in it and her reply was “yeah, well I don’t know but I just know that all our food has gluten.  So many people are on this gluten-free “fad diet”  Continue reading Going gluten-free {update}

{Going Gluten-Free}


Why I decided to make the change

glutenfree2So while this website is mostly about interior design and DIY projects, I also want to share other parts of my life too (family life, recipes, fashion etc.) One part of my life that I am dealing with is my Hashimoto’s Disease.  Hashimoto’s Disease is an auto-immune disease that attacks the thyroid gland.  I was diagnosed with low thyroid when I was 18 but it wasn’t until recently that I realized what was causing it.  Hashimoto’s is not something that can be cured.  It’s just something that I will have to deal with the rest of my life and try to control through diet, exercise and medicine.

I had been feeling pretty tired and run down (a common symptom) and so I decided to make a change.  I studied up on Hashimoto’s and learned that a lot of people change their diet and they can feel tons better.  So I decided through all my reading that I wanted to try going gluten-free.  It’s been a month now and I can definitely tell a difference.  My energy levels are getting better everyday.  I don’t feel so tired and run-down all the time.  I’ve also lost 9 lbs!  (A huge plus!) I have also been exercising every morning and it really gives me a boost of energy.  Don’t get me wrong…it’s definitely not easy!  Some days I just want to give up.  Some days I crave a piece of bread or a bowl of pasta…but I have to keep in mind the goal I have to feel better and just stay strong and stay positive!

There are tons of products on the market now that are gluten-free.  You can even find them at Walmart- pasta, bread, chips, crackers, cereal- lots of things.  Lots of restaurants now even offer gluten-free dishes or even have separate gluten-free menus.

If gluten-free is something that you have thought about doing then you should definitely look into it and give it a try.  If I can do it, then anyone can do it!