Fritz is Ten

Fritz turned 10 today. He’s 4’6″ and 81 1/2 pounds.

Fritz is Ten

He got his main present yesterday. He (and Ani) went to the Welcome to Night Vale live show. He got a shirt, which he loves almost as much as he enjoyed the show.

Fritz is Ten

Today he got the rest of his presents. We gave him a Venus Fly Trap and gardening gloves. Ani gave him a Foxy keychain, 20-sided dice, and Dobby.

Fritz is Ten

He started the day with the first day of two weeks of swimming lessons. He was so happy to be back in the water.

Fritz is Ten

He ate all his favorite foods (cinnamon rolls, potato cheese and chili soup, and sesame chicken), played Magic with his older brother, and went Pokemon hunting.

Fritz is Ten

It was a pretty awesome day.

Getting glutened sucks…

…but getting over being glutened is pretty nice.

A couple weeks ago, on a Friday night, Jamie and I went on a date to Orange Leaf. Usually I just get frozen yogurt and fruit. Fruit is generally safe from cross contamination. That night I decided I wanted some almonds, too. The almonds were right next to the crushed graham crackers. The little warning voice in my head told me it was too risky. But did I listen to that little warning voice? Of course I didn’t.

Within a few minutes of ingesting those microscopic bits of cross contaminated gluten, my stomach started screaming in pain. It’s funny, but when a Celiac has certain symptoms we immediately start thinking about what we’ve eaten recently and what may have gotten us sick. The thing is, if we’re careful (and listen to that little warning voice) odds are those symptoms are from something not at all related to Celiac Disease. Plus, the pain from gluten is just different and very easy to recognize.

Soon after my stomach started yelling at me, I told Jamie we needed to get home. Immediately. It’s a good thing Orange Leaf is less than a mile and a half from our house so I made it just in time. Getting glutened is so lovely.

I spent that weekend in bed alternating between reading, napping, and rushing to the toilet. By Sunday evening I was feeling a lot better. Not great, but good enough I could get out of bed and go back to relative normalcy. Crazy that something I couldn’t even see could cause that much pain and exhaustion. (Interestingly, Ani and a friend of mine with Celiac have gotten glutened every time they’ve eaten at Orange Leaf – but Ani has never gotten glutened at YogurtZone).

Fast forward a week and a half to Wednesday. I woke up after spending the night getting up every hour and a half or so to pee (five times!) and my joints were almost back to their normal size. My vague headache was gone. I had actual energy. I cleaned like crazy since I had only been able to do basic straightening while I was glutened (my floors really needed to be mopped!) I felt so much better. The next day was even better and by 2 weeks after the glutening I was back to normal.

It’s easy to forget how sick I was before we discovered my problem was Celiac. It’s easy to forget the chronic exhaustion, the pain in my joints, the difficulty walking due to pain in my heels, the stomach pain that feels like it’s swelling and might explode, the multiple trips a day to the bathroom and associated soreness from that. But then I accidentally ingest a little bit of gluten and I’m reminded just how bad Celiac is and how glad I am that we figured out I have Celiac last year and normally I don’t feel sick anymore.

Summers are Crazier than School Years

I’m pretty sure activity planners either want to get stuff in before people go on vacation, or they just want to make everyone insane. Either way, summers are crazier than school years and early summer always seems especially crazy. The last couple weeks have been utterly nuts.

First of all, Fritz is still doing swim team. Summer swim league lasts for 7 weeks here running from early May through late June. In that time, there are 4-5 meets on various Tuesdays and Fridays. Practice is just over an hour 5 days a week until school gets out and then 4 days a week (they clean the pool Tuesday mornings so the kids can’t be in the water). It’s intense.

Then there was Districts for Ani and Cameron two weeks ago (3rd place in sparring for Cameron, 2nd place in sparring for Ani). Last weekend was Youth Conference. Ani missed most of Thursday because she had tickets to see youtubers Dan and Phil and both Ani and Cameron missed most of Saturday because Ani had to work in the morning and Cameron went with her to help. Also on Saturday Jamie took the little guys to a state park for a Cub Scout activity.

This week was XMA camp at taekwondo and Ani worked three days of it. She also worked her normal Monday and Wednesday evening and will be working again tonight and tomorrow morning making it so she’s working every day they are open this week (twice today). Tomorrow is the last regular dual swim meet. Pretty much I’ve been Mom Taxi this week.

Next week is belt testing Wednesday and Thursday. Sunday Adrian will be turning 8. Amazingly, July looks pretty calm. But it’s still only the middle of June. July may still end up just as crazy as June.