Question about blood test

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Registered: 08-31-2000
Question about blood test
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Fri, 03-20-2009 - 4:20pm
I've been GF for a year now and was given a lab slip to be tested for antibodies, but I forget how long I have to be eating gluten for and how much I have to eat before I get the test done. The dr wants me to also have an endoscopy if the labs come back positive. Can someone that's had an endo done please tell me what it was like for you? I've been through a lot health wise over the years, but I'm scared to death to have surgery. I'm a chicken. I checked myself in for a scheduled surgery years ago (for something else), but chickened out and left before I had it done :)
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 03-21-2009 - 5:33am

Ok Honey,you are not the only chicken the the coop.meet grandma hen right here..


i break out in sweats,my hands drip perspiration.m blood pressure goes up and generally speaking a big mess...the eno they say is nothing...i would not know they put me out and when i woke up .i didn't know anything had happened..went home 5 hours later when all grogginess had left ..they gave me a cuppa and i walked out as if nothing had happened..


but before hand,i wanted to vomit,shaking,feeling like i could not breathe.as if i was going to pass out.they came gave me a sedative pill.thats all i remember..woke to the nurse saying,its over its over ..want a cuppa




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Sun, 03-22-2009 - 4:57pm

Thanks. I'm glad I'm in good company. Us chickens have to stick together you know! LOL


Are you having a knee replacement? Or is it something else? I worked in homecare for a few years and I'm surprised to see how many knee replacement patients were referred to us for home health. You know how docs say they have done hundreds of those operations? Well, from what I've seen from where I used to work, they aren't kidding when they say that stuff. That's about the only thing that puts my mind at ease about the thought of having surgery. I have a list of different surgeons for different specialties and each time a family member or a good nurse or patient recommends a doc, I write it down just in case I need one in the future I know who to see. Isn't that silly? That's about the only way I think I could go through a surgery. When are you having your's done? I wish you all the best.


How about the blood test though? The doc said I only need to introduce gluten to my diet again for 2 weeks and that should be good enough for the blood test. I thought I read somewhere it was more like 6 weeks? I bought a bunch of stuff with gluten in it, and boy do I mean a bunch of stuff!! Even though I really don't want to eat gluten anymore, I'm going out with a bang! Hog wild. The next two weeks will be my last hurrah! The last time I get to eat mac and cheese, bread, bagels, Pepperidge farm cinnamon swirl bread, french toast, etc. Then, I have to learn to live without it again :( I'm going to have gluten with every meal. So far, it's been day 2 and my stomach is feeling kind of funny. I wonder if the feet and knee pain will come back again?


Oh well, just wondering what your thoughts were with how long I had to wait to get the blood work done?


Thanks again, Lynne. You are so very helpful.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 12:27am

Hello .aarh i think the doctor may be a little out in his ideas..you are right,i usually recommended longer time if possible...its hard if you are feeling sich i know...


but the longer youare eating gluten the better...


they have put my knee op on hold.1. till the doctor returns from his 6 month cruise of japan...


2...till hospital can reorganize further tests to find out why my blood pressure keeps flucturating so much from time to ime...


3.i guess till in actual fact till they are ready to operate..he he he lol our hospitals are in mess...people are always complaining about how operations are being postponed..


we had a cardiac unit here.they close it.in this big place.we need one..we have the biggest army base here.. the navy and airforce here....our place is the capital of north queensland its rediculous to have to go south...also unless you are paying big insurance




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Mon, 03-23-2009 - 4:38pm
Thanks again, Lynne. That is just wrong that they make someone like your sister who has a heart problem to wait 18 months to see a specialist! I can understand putting off some patients or surgeries to make them wait a little longer in some cases, but a heart condition isn't something that should be put off. I met some people who moved to the US from Canada and they say they have to wait a long time up there for things sometimes too. They keep talking about creating some kind of national health care system here in the US and I hope to heck they don't because once the government gets involved in anything, it gets all screwed up! Over here, there are lots of people who can manage to afford to buy coverage, but instead, they choose to spend the money on other things like beer and cigarettes, among other things. I checked into a mother and child policy not too long ago and it was less than $200 a month, much less than what people spend on their bad habits like cigarettes, alcolohol, or even going out to eat. There are some people who fall through the cracks and really do need the extra help, but there are so many more people that would rather cheat the system instead. Oh well, thanks for the advice for 6 weeks. Maybe if I pig out then I can get away with 4 weeks. I'll try that.
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Registered: 06-20-2003
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 6:38pm

Please read this. This is a true story. This is my life and my future. A future that may be bleak.

Jaseann

co-cl-Celiac Disease

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 12:52am

Dear Jaseann,my heart goes out to you,i am one who know exactly how you feel with the state the whole medical situation is in ..We are very much in the same boat,with our very similar conditions,and how the gov. treats the low income people..our old age pension is not very much either


and as for paying out high med coverage it is absolutely impossible,so we are at the mercy of gov funded hospitals and institutions for help with our conditions..we get a slight discount on our medications... but its still a heafty slug with the amount both my husband and my self have to have..daily out f our pensions..only i do a bit of work from home with the diet sheets i make up we would never live at all..foods for diets are outragously priced.health food stores capitalize on it all...soon as you say is it gluten free up goes the price..on any allergy food i think to be truthfull...


if things keep rising as they are,we will have to forfiet lots of things,i am so glad my kids are grown now we could never afford to send them to school on what we get...





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Tue, 03-24-2009 - 5:20am

I'm sorry you are going through all you are going through Jaseann. Like I mentioned, there are people like you and many others too who really do need the help, but unfortunately, and I think you know what I mean when I say this...there are so many thousands of people out there who are not in the same boat as you at all and