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Feeding four-year-olds is hard enough, throw celiac disease into the mix and this becomes a very daunting task. We explore gluten free options at home and in the San Francisco Bay Area and put them up against the toughest critics around... my kids.


Preparing for an endoscopy

My babycake was now going to have a procedure to confirm her diet change.  She would have an endoscopy which would require for her to be sedated. Before she was in the hands of the capable doctors, I did the best I could to prepare her. I took her to the pediatric prepare unit at UCSF to visit with a Child Life specialist and we did a little bit of medical play with the dolls on site. Then we each took turns blowing bubbles through an induction mask so she would get used to breathing in the mask before her procedure began. Soon her endoscopy would begin so I held her tight and said a little prayer that everything would be alright. Perhaps we would be able to confirm answers to our infinite questions. I tried to comfort her as she sat in my lap. She cried a little as I held her induction mask over her mouth while still trying to suck on her binky. I also held the practice mask over my mouth and whisper, "Breathe, just like we practiced."  Her body soon lay limp in my arms and I said a difficult goodbye.

Her confirmed diagnosis after the endoscopy changed the way we eat as a family. Her twin brother was diagnosed a year after her. I have learned a lot as a mom taking care of kids with Celiac and I am always trying to learn more. I decided to blog about my findings to keep myself organized. So was born and I hope our gluten free adventures can help other moms and dads taking care of children with gluten intolerance.

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