It was two weeks ago, today, that I had the MRI. In approximately 2 weeks, Tex and I will learn the results.
You know? . . .
. . . For the vast majority of the time, I've been pretty peaceful and calm about the whole thing. I know the source of such Peace and Calm. It comes directly from Our Lord; it's HIS Peace and HIS Calm. And thank You, Jesus, for that very precious gift.
Two weeks ago, I also decided that I was going to go on the premise that "no news is good news". I'm guessing that if there was something of significant and immediate importance, that one of my doctor's colleagues would contact me, without waiting for my doctor to come back to work (to remind y'all, she's out of the office for the month of September; hence the reason for waiting so long to get the results of the MRI).
This particular mindset has been working well for me. Periodically (but also infrequently), a "what if" will squirm its way into my grey matter and whisper to me, "What if there is something wrong even though no one calls you before your appointment?"
"What ifs" generally are not very productive; at least not in scenarios such as these. So I flit it away with a wave of my hand and then come back to focusing on the present. I'll find out the results when I find out . . . and it will be at that time that I'll deal with the facts; whether they bring good news or whether they bring challenges.
In the meantime, please know that I very much appreciate those of y'all who have shown support and given me encouragement during these past couple of weeks! Thank you!
In other (but related) news, y'all may remember that I mentioned a plan that I had put into place. Part of that plan is following the GARD eating program. GARD = "Glutamate-Aspartate Restricted Diet". It also has come to stand for "Gut Absorption Recovery Diet". It's a healing eating plan designed specifically for those of us who have seizures. Y'all can read more about it by clicking HERE.
Nutshelling it down, it's an eating program that restricts Soy, Corn, Casein and Gluten. The soy was a no-brainer. I've known for many years now that soy is a seizure trigger (additionally, it's also a neuro toxin in other ways, and it's also carcinogenic). The corn was pretty easy as well; I'm not really a corn eater (although I did very much enjoy making my annual cast-iron skillet cornbread every time a new year rolled around).
The casein? Well, I've never really been a milk drinker, but boy did I love my cheeses! And, yogurt. Plain yogurt; not that stuff that is ladened with corn syrup in the guise of fruit. And ice cream. Real ice cream without all the chemicals and toxins. And butter. Real butter. Real, unsalted butter. Fortunately, butter is actually "allowed" because the casein content is so low, it's negligible.
An interesting side note: as some of y'all may know, goat dairy products have a much smaller casein content than that of their bovine cousins. This means that I might still be able to occasionally indulge in cheeses; I'm still researching this (from the angle of seizure triggers). And, one day, I'm going to make ice cream from coconut milk; I've been telling myself this for several months, so perhaps this new way of eating will be the catalyst for that.
The gluten? Gluten is probably the most complicated aspect of this particular eating journey that I have embarked upon. Gluten is in myriad foods - from various grains, to some nuts & seeds, to even dried beans. Even meats contain gluten (albeit in small amounts). That's probably been the most significant change; restricting gluten from what I eat.
Ironically, grain-wise, I really don't eat much bread unless I make it myself (most commercially-prepared bread has soy in it in at least one form, sometimes more - along with other ingredients that I do not like to consume; i.e., corn syrup and unpronounceable chemical words). But, pasta is a completely different story. Tex loves pasta . . . and if I'm honest, so did I. :)
So. I've been following the GARD way of eating for 25 days now. And, while I don't believe there are any GARD-specific cookbooks out on the market (yet), I have purchased a couple of cookbooks that deal with one or two aspects of GARD (even though that wasn't the focus of the books). I ignore (or modify) the recipes that contain soy, corn, casein and/or gluten, and I focus on the recipes that are GARD-friendly. I've also found a pretty neat blog that, for the most part, has recipes that I can use (or adapt) for this new lifestyle. It's still a fairly new blog to me; so I'm going to give it some more time to "test it out" so-to-speak before I provide a link to it, here in "Swirlings".
Are ya wondering what I actually do eat? Great question! :) Basically, I eat fresh produce (both fruits and veggies - including potatoes), meat (from a variety of creatures), rice and eggs. Oh, and herbs and clean spices, too - I love my herbs and spices!
I consider it a huge blessing that I have 26+ years of food research and label-reading behind me. It has made the transition to GARD pretty easy. Before implementing GARD, I already did not eat the very vast majority of packaged foods, I avoided soy and lab-created chemicals pretty-much across the board; and for the past 2.5 decades, I have truly loved to cook real and healthy food, from scratch.
So, there you have it; an update of sorts, while I count down to October 2nd. Again, my thanks to those of y'all who have checked up on me and offered their encouragements. I love my friends!
And remember . . .
If you pray, why worry?
If you worry, why pray?
Thanks for reading! Y'all be blessed,
p.s. Anyone else find it amusing that I'm following an eating plan designed by a veterinarian? I personally find it pricelss in a very weird and wonderful way! :)