Friday, August 25, 2006

Dailies #6

The road is always paved with good intentions - I did hope and plan to write much more often, but life has once again thrown me into the bog and I have been trudging my way back onto calmer turf. As I mentioned last time my husband was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue; this diagnosis, coupled with the constant pain he has in his hips and back and the fact that he hasn't been able to work for over a year sent him into a tailspin. As his depression increased so did the arguments, not only between him and myself, but also between him and David - I won't go into the gory details of marital and family discord, but just note that the last month has been a kind of Hades - ending in a personal disaster - meanwhile David has begun to have more and more trouble distinguishing between reality and dreams - and last night I heard him tell someone (no one was there) to stop throwing things at him - he has been willing to take his Seroquel more often, but I believe that the stress associated with college approaching and his father's troubles is prompting these new problems. One brighter note is that my husband has realized the issue and is staying with our oldest daughter for a couple of weeks till we can get things smoothed over. - I am busy trying to get the mud of the bog off me and attempting once again to reevaluate and start again. Wish me luck and send me prayers!


Andrew said...

Good luck! I hope the outlook improves.

"To Love, Honor and Dismay"

Anonymous said...

If your husband has Celiac, I just want to make sure you've had David screened. Celiac can do many nasty things to a persons mental capacity.

Anonymous said...

I know celiac is only one small piece of your family problems, but there is an upside. Yes, it's hard to avoid wheat, but when you do there are so many benefits. Some think wheat isn't good for anyone--now your husband has an incentive to avoid it. Many of his other ailments may improve.
I also second the reccomendation to have David tested. Not all people with mental illness have celiac, but many people with digestive issues have mental illness issues. The damage to the lining of the intestine causes nutrients to be absorbed poorly or not at all leading to various health problems. I saw a study that said 90% of patients admitted for intestinal problems showed signs of mental illness.

Colin said...

There is a hereditary component to celiac disease. A gluten free diet can improve psychiatric and psychological symptoms that arise from gluten intolerance. A gluten-free diet relieved many of the difficulties I experienced that made school nearly impossible. Please consider a trial gluten-free diet for your son. I learned of the diet long after I left college. I was previously the valedictorian of my high school and a person expected to do wonderful things, but experienced significant social and psychatric problems throughtout my life. At the age of 30 I tried the diet having had not much luck with anything else. I am not fully recovered, but a year of this diet has resulted in significant and noticeable changes. For the price of a few weeks of homemade meals, your son may not experience a full recovery, he may never the less find real help. The worst thing that happens is that he experiences no improvement -it can do no harm. Given your husband's diagnosis, it may very likely do much good.