I’ve Lost It
I’ve gone bananas. Yes, it’s true.
I’m officially a gluten-intolerance crazed person.
Not a news flash you say?
Well if it’s possible, I’ve taken it to a new level.
I am now, not above talking to complete strangers about gluten intolerance.
Yep. I know…
We went to the pool this weekend, and during our normal “everyone goes potty before we step foot into the pool area…” I see this mother, with her child…
and the rash on her elbows was UNmistakable.
My heart sank…
“I wonder if she knows….” I thought.
She walked out, and I gathered my 4 bathing beauties and headed out to relax and have fun.
I settled into my chair… minutes went by… then an hour. I saw that lady… again, and again.
The Holy Spirit kept tugging on me.
Sara… what if she has a gluten intolerance and has no idea?
Sara… what if you’re the person who needs to talk to her?
Sara… are you going to just NOT say anything… and let her struggle… when you could maybe help point her in that direction?
Do you ever wonder where that button is to shut off that conversation in your head? Well, we don’t really want to shut off the Holy Spirit, but sometimes we do try to avoid the conversation.
When it’s something I don’t like doing (like talking to complete strangers…)… I really would have rather NOT spoken up, and that’s how I know – it’s not of me. I would have stayed in my chair.
I’ll never see that woman again… I reasoned.
But I knew, God knew…
How could I NOT say anything?
Sara… I’m here with you…
OK. We can do this.
As I got up, and walked over to this woman…I prayed… “Lord, help me have the words to say – to just mention this… Lord please help this woman to seek more answers for her health. In Jesus name, Amen.”
“Excuse me,” I said.
“Yes….” the woman turned around.
“I couldn’t help but notice that rash on your elbows…” I started.
“Oh the psoriasis?” she answered, then crossing her arms in defense.
“Well, I noticed it, because my son had that… and well… we found out it’s more than that, and it’s from a gluten intolerance, and often goes with psoriasis,” I studdered to get the information out.
“Is it bothering you?” she touted back, still with her arms crossed.
“Oh no…no, it’s not bothering me. Not in the least. Like I said, my son had that… and several of our children actually… ” I comforted. “We had been treating it topically and searching for an answer as to what was causing it, and some other problems. It never seemed to go away.”
“What did you say it was again?” she inquired.
“Dermatitis herpatiformis,” I repeated. “It’s very itchy, and gets worse when stressed, and the ingestion of gluten is the cause.”
I continued to tell her about other symptoms caused and related… and she patiently listened, as did her husband, as he also nodded – wide eyed. She started to share other symptoms she had in line with the things I spoke of.
She shared that only one time the bumps had gone away, when her doctor put painful shots in them. But within a month, they were back. She also said that her doctor just recently ordered another, more powerful drug for her to get rid of it… that nothing was helping, but she was “so sick” in so many ways.
I share with her that my children’s rashes, AND my husband’s psoriasis went away after we went gluten-free. As in, gone.
She just stared at me in amazement… “So what did you say the medicine was again?”
“No medicine,” I restated. “Just avoiding gluten in all food, products and medicines…”
“Wow,” she said, standing in shock and turning to her husband. “Wouldn’t THAT be something, if this was all caused by gluten.”
“Just look into it,” I prodded her. “It might be worth your time.”
“I will…” she said. “I definitely will… thank you.”
I apologized for interrupting her day, but I felt at peace knowing I did the right thing. She seemed genuinely appreciative. I’ve been praying for answers for her – and for an open-minded doctor who will listen, and truly help her get lasting help.
I’ve been telling my husband that I need a card for weeks (and no, NOT for my blog… ) But something I can give people to point them in the right direction when it comes up in conversation… because amazingly it seems to keep “finding me” – and I want to be prepared. I don’t believe that’s chance.
The best part of the conversation was when she looked down while I was talking and mid-sentence said, “I like your necklace.”
(It was the necklace I usually wear… a brushed silver rectangluar shaped charm with a cross shape cut out of the rectangle.)
I just pray God will use this situation in a way that brings Himself glory.
Did I mention I can’t believe I did that? Oh wait… it’s because I didn’t.
Thank you God for the strength to do the impossible. Not my will but Yours.
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
1 John 1-5
Posted on July 31, 2012, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Our Struggles, Truth and tagged celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten intolerance, gluten rash, gluten sensitivity, healthy for him, psoriasis. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.