Saturday, December 08, 2007

Where have I been?

Missing in action! Where do I start? I started this blog to promote Lime Tart, then we started up the Zest Blog because it looks so much prettier and is easier to use. But I kept this one for my personal projects and stuff. I still like uploading projects because it is fun to get comments, lol.

But lately I have just been a bit overwhelmed and of course the blog gets pushed down the list of priorities. I'm not sure I'll continue with this blog, but I'm a Gemini and I will probably change my mind tomorrow, or this afternoon, lol.

So why have I been overwhelmed? Mary, my darling little 7 year old has been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and we had to go on a waiting list for a bowel biopsy to confirm the blood tests. During the waiting time, it was pretty awful knowing that the sandwiches I was making her for lunch were basically poisoning her. But we had to keep feeding her gluten so as not to have a false negative appear in the biopsy. We finally had the biopsy on Tuesday, which was stressful in itself. If anyone has watched their child go under general anaesthetic, they will know what I mean! The hospital staff were fantastic though, every single one of them. From the wardsmen who rolled her around on the beds (which she loved), to the Professor who did her operation. All wonderful!

But then the even harder bit begins, with us going shopping for gluten free food on Wednesday. Do you know how much of our food has gluten in it?! Milo! Lollies! Soy Sauce, Worcestershire sauce! Icecream! Besides cereals and breads. Icecream for goodness sake! *sigh* I know it's not the end of the world, and we will get there in the long run, and she will be healthy, and us too, but I think I had a little mini breakdown on Thursday, lol. So don't get me started on my opinions on all of these additives in our foods!

Now throw into all of that - my dad's mum passing away during surgery, a birthday party for Miss Six, other birthday parties, lots and lots and lots of work, Christmas celebrations - argghhhhhhh! I'm going a bit nutty.

So all in all, I'm a little tired and rundown and looking forward to a week off after Christmas. At least Mary will become healthy again without medication or further medical intervention. I am so grateful for that! But it does break your heart when your child bursts into tears knowing that they can't have a cheese and bacon roll from Baker's Delight ever again :( I think she is tired like me too. But she did get a delicious banana and honey muffin (gluten free) from Muffin Break.

On that note, I'm off to prepare Miss Six for yet another birthday party this morning, and then we are hosting lunch at our place for her grandma's and yet another birthday cake!

Hope everyone is having a fun December! I love shopping in December!

Oh and because this is a craft blog, guess who got a cover?! Me, me, me!!!


Anonymous kylie2 said...

Philippa, my good friend has a 4 year old who is gluten intolerant. If you would like I can pick her brain for food products she has found OK for her little girl. I know there is one type of ice cream out there which is ok - I think it is Bulla vanilla, but I will check.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Margaret Wilkinson said...

hi Philippa, was waiting for you to post the result. would you like that folder now? All I can say is ORGRAN! The Gluten Free Food and Allergy Show was fantastic and Coles (believe it or not) have a huge range. Jack is dairy intolerant and I'm a little overwhelmed about dairy free icecream too!

8:26 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hi Philippa, sorry to hear about you daughter Mary, it must be so hard constantly reading labels and especially when Mary cant have the simplest of foods. My thoughts are with you and hope the adjustments go smoothly.
There is a shop here dedicated to Gluten free foods, I will have to go for a look see for you.
Love Sarah

10:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn Mercedes said...

Congrats on the cover. And wow...good luck with the food thing. I'm sure it has to be very challenging! But don't blame yourself for the sandwiches! If I ever find any gluten free recipes, I'll be sure to send them to you. Hugs from the US!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

You really are in the wars aren't you? I feel for you. I'm sure things wouldn't seem so insurmountable at any other time of year - Christmas does that to a lot of us! I wish you some sunshine - I'm sure the cover of S&P helped put a smile on your face (congrats again!). I hope more good stuff happens real soon for you.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Sue McGettigan said...

Congratulations cover girl! Hope Mary starts to feel much better without the gluten in her system - sorry it's so tough to eliminate it all and still find appealing foods, but at least a lot of mainstream stores have caught on to this gluten free deal, it's so common now!

4:20 AM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

Wow, you've had a lot going on. I hope you and your family are doing well. Congratulations on the cover and the layout! It looks fab!

5:22 AM  
Anonymous ChiLLi said...

Merry christmas Philippa! to you and your family :)

1:34 PM  
Blogger suzi finer said...

wishing you and your family a happy healthy new year.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Hi Philippa,

Congrats on the cover. My lil sis is Gluten intolerant too, she found out at 16 though so it was tough to change every thing then.

Have a great weekend,

Lauren x

8:16 PM  
Blogger Laura Davis said...

Philippa, I came across your blog from Lime Tart, and I think it is so cute! I love your work and I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope she is feeling better soon.
Congrats on your magazine cover!

10:54 AM  

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