Thursday, 8 May 2014

Vitamin D

So this is about my coeliac condition. I had to go to Tralee today and there was a letter at the door as I was leaving the apartment. I didn't get to open it until I was on the bus. It was a prescription for vitamin D. There was also a note attached from the Doctor at the coeliac clinic in Galway. My blood test for vitamin D level showed 28. This, I'm told, is very low. It should be greater than 50. Anyway I came to Tralee and ate a fantastic dinner at The Gluten Free Kitchen Company. I had chicken goujons. I also had a vitamin juice since I thought it might be helpful considering the letter earlier. I wasn't going to have anything else but the owner (who's a gorgeous woman, but that's beside the point) suggested dessert and I remember seeing photos of what was available on their Facebook page. I didn't resist the temptation and went for an eclair. I booked into a b&b then because I have an interview for a Fás course early in the morning. Public transport would not get me there on time that morning. That's why I had to travel the day before.
At this stage the prescription had slipped my mind. I was just settling into the b&b when the phone rang. It was my doctor's surgery. The practice nurse was calling to let me know she got a letter from the coeliac clinic about my low vitamin D level. She ensured that I had the prescription. She made an appointment for the following week. Basically I have to get 2 injections, 3 months apart, of the vitamin D prescription. I suspected they'd be low because there is so little sun over the winter that the body cannot generate it. But I never thought I'd need injections. Especially since we're coming up to the summer. In the original blood tests in September, that I got the diagnosis from, my vitamin D level was perfect - as the doctor put it - a testament to how much sun we got last summer.
But ever since I was diagnosed I've always done my best to be upbeat and positive. The positive from this is the level of care, after care and support I'm getting from my gp and the coeliac clinic. It's keeping me positive in a week where I'm experiencing symptoms as a result of my previous visit to Kerry. I need to be more careful preparing food away from my own place so that I don't get "glutened".

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