Daily Archives: April 10, 2007

Giving Searchers Answers, part 3

I often check the search terms that have led people to my blog.  Oftentimes, it’s funny.  Sometimes, it’s sad.  Sometimes, it’s sickening.  Many times, I want to be a help to others, even though it might be too late;  they’ve probably not found what they’re looking for, and are off to another source, never to return.

But, occasionally, I try:

  1. “gluten free luncheon meats”  — Most of them are g.f.  Your safest bet, though, is the pre-packaged stuff on the deli wall, not the freshly-sliced stuff.  I’ve purchased meat from the service deli, but I find it too much of a rigamarole to ask to see the packaging to doublecheck ingredients.  As always, simplest is usually best.  My current fave is the all-natural Hormel Natural Choice.  The package actually states “gluten free.”  It has no preservatives, even!
  2. “slightly celiac disease”  Well, that’s like saying “slightly pregnant.”  You have it, or you don’t.  Well, that’s not quite true.  It’s technically called “autosomal dominant with incomplete penetration.”  Usually, something that is autosomal dominant means that if you have the gene, you have the trait.  But, with celiac disease, you can have the gene, but not necessarily have the symptoms — thus the “incomplete penetration.”  Some people are symptomatic from birth (my son Wesley and myself), and some people’s symptoms are triggered by an event, usually a strenuous or life-altering event (like my friend Shellie, who developed symptoms during her — I think — second pregnancy).  But technically, if you have the gene, you have CD, and you’d be wise to adhere to a gluten-free diet, even if you don’t have recognizable symptoms.
  3. “lori bryson”  Well, I’m looking for her, too!!!  Not really.  I know where she is.  I was hoping to spend time w/ her & her family when we recently went to the Midwest, but she’s gone and gotten herself a job, and couldn’t get away.  Bummer.  I do find myself wondering who keeps looking for her, though.
  4. “celiac disease and entering kindergarten”  Well, good luck with that!!!  I hope your child self-regulates, and will keep him/herself away from gluten.  Did you know that every child entering kindergarten in Italy is tested for celiac disease??  Italy has the highest diagnosis rate, worldwide, because of this.  They also have an average diagnosis time of 2-3 weeks in Italy.  In the U.S., it averages SEVEN YEARS to get a diagnosis.
  5. “whacko homeschool”  Well, you have no biases, do you???  Hm.  I really like Tammy’s articles regarding homeschooling and all the debates that surround it.  She does her level best to present the facts, and she’s a good writer.  She’s not a Christian, that I can tell, so that doesn’t “bias” her, either.  (I’m happy to be biased towards a Christian worldview, but I know that doesn’t hold water for a lot of researchers.)
  6. “discipline + nonverbal learning disorder”  Good luck with that, too.  My 7yo w/ NLD is a tough cookie to discipline.  He just doesn’t “get it,” either positive or negative reinforcement.  The best approach, in my 3 years’ experience, is to keep in mind that preventative “medicine” is worth a TON.  Talk, talk, talk to your NLD kid, and make sure the expectations for EVERY situation is abundantly clear.  That will head off so many difficulties.  Of course, the subtleties — which NLDers don’t perceive — change with every situation, and thus the child’s interpretation will change, leading to a lot of frustration for everyone involved.  Still, talking-talking-talking is the best approach.  And for every discipline that is levelled, make absolutely certain that your child knows exactly why you’re disciplining him/her.  Don’t assume that the child understands the reasons, even if it’s a situation you’ve gone over with them 20 billion times.

That’s all for now.     

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