I can't believe I will (hopefully - if all goes well) be done my degree in under a week!!! The official notice about my thesis defence went out to the university e-mail list. Now all I have to do is finish up my presentation and thinking about answers to questions I think I might get asked.

The last few days I have been sleeping ... LOTS of sleeping. And I did a bit of reading, and watched some TV. A lot of times I feel like I don't know what to do with myself. It's almost like I forget what free time is.

My blood sugars over the past few weeks have been crazy. Mostly high over the past week. And my infusion sets (the stainless steel ones) are itchy and hive-y. I am in denial! I do not want to start having issues with these sets too! I see my endo in September - I had thought it was August but I called to confirm the date and it's Sept. So we'll see then what my A1c and cholesterol are and, if it's still an issue, I might talk to him about these sets getting itchy now.

Another part of it might be that I'm finding it VERY hard to eat anything even resembling low carb. Over the week I was away on my second trip I tried eating eggs, and that did not work out at all. I'm going to try eating nuts next, but I'm waiting until my throat recovers from the eggs. *sigh*

I read about a study the other week that they discovered something to do with the root cause of EoE and hoped to develop some sort of pharmaceutical treatment for it. That would be so incredibly awesome! I'd still have allergies but this disease is more annoying than just plain allergies (at least those can be accurately tested for rather than just using trial and error) I'm still having issues swallowing though that might be because I ate eggs for two weeks ... in fact I'm hoping it is. Incidentally, I also read that they've developed a pill (I think) for people with celiac disease.

I am trying to get inspired to write a blog post for my BD&BD blog but I am not getting inspired by any of the drafts I have. If anyone has any suggestions let me know! Hopefully the more I think about posting something eventually inspiration will come, that's usually what happens.

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Comment by Trudy on August 9, 2014 at 12:13pm

Hi Jen. You said above that you "read that they've developed a pill (I think) for people with celiac disease". I'd be interested in a link to that study if you have it. I've read that they have ongoing studies to help with celiac; a while back I read about one that would help with the results of gluten cross-contamination. Now that one I'd buy! In fact, I wrote a blog about it: http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/gluten-free. I hope you enjoy your free time; summer is a great time to have it.

Comment by Jen on August 9, 2014 at 12:29pm

I think the one I read about is probably the same thing (helps with cross-contamination, doesn't allow someone to actually eat gluten): http://allergicliving.com/2014/06/10/celiac-drug-sees-success-in-tr....

Comment by Trudy on August 9, 2014 at 1:25pm

Thanks, Jen, I'm pretty sure that is the medication I read about. It would really help.

Comment by Jen on August 9, 2014 at 2:08pm

Wish they'd come up with something like that for food allergies. They'd be a lot easier to manage if we didn't have to worry about cross-contamination or trace ingredients.

Comment by Judith in Portland on August 10, 2014 at 9:13pm

As usual, I am so proud of all that you do. And now this is a huge life-landmark. I think you SHOULD rest and breathe and toy with that whole weird sensation of what the heck to do!...Blessings, as ever.....

Comment by Jen on August 10, 2014 at 9:22pm

Oh, trust me, I have a list of about 15 things I want to do when I'm done my degree! Learn French, learn computer programming (I mean more than I do), learn photography, learn to cook well, learn to play the piano, get to where I can do something awesome athletically like run a marathon (maybe smaller to start with, lol). Definitely looking forward to it!!

Comment by Judith in Portland on August 10, 2014 at 9:34pm

Go, Girl, Go!......xx000

Comment by yeagen on August 12, 2014 at 7:43am

Congratulations! You have worked hard.

Comment by Melitta on August 12, 2014 at 9:36pm

Congrats! Yahoo!

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