Two weeks ago when I had my "annual" physical, the woman I saw took one look at my list of complaints, and my sample daily diet, and said, with palpable hesitation, "it might be worth doing a gluten-free trial." It was as though she knew me, though our relationship was at that point only five or six minutes old. But I'm so worn down by the parade of doctors I've seen in the last year that I just nodded calmly as I said "I honestly don't know if I can do that without starving." She, in her wisdom, nodded too, but said nothing. She knew I'd heard it, and decided to leave it alone.
So on Sunday I started. And it became clear very quickly that if we had not gone strawberry picking on Saturday morning, I'd NEVER have made it through the day. I'm a toast girl. I've been living on toast for as long as I can remember. I eat everything else I'm supposed to (!) and then when I need to stop being hungry an hour later, I have toast. All day long. There's apparently a significant amount of gluten in toast.
By the end of day two, I was in a heap on the floor wailing that I couldn't eat another bite of polenta and could I please have some of the leftover sesame noodles. We decided that perhaps it was wise to go ahead and have the sesame noodles, and pick up where we left off the next morning.
I keep wondering why I think all this is worth a blog entry, and that maybe by the time I get to the next paragraph it'll become clear. It hasn't yet, so I'm going to stop, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the strawberries. My life has become a little monotonous this past year, as I somehow get myself to keep putting a foot in front of another even though it doesn't feel like there's much waiting on the other end of the step. When we woke up at 6 on Saturday to be at the farm at 7 for picking berries, I remembered what it's like to be excited when you wake up. And then the berries kept me going for the first two days of this thing that honestly feels as though it might be impossible for me, even though I know perfectly well that it's not. That's all.