My Hospital Daydream of my First Gluten-Free Meal


When I was in the hospital in January of 2007, and learned about my diagnosis of Celiac Disease, I spent several days without eating anything. I was given nourishment through a PICC line, which is short for peripherally inserted central catheter. The nurses referred to my TPN (total parenteral nutrition) as my “milkshake” that was fed through the PICC line.

Along with the TPN, I was given several other things each day. Potassium, iron, even a couple of bags of blood. The nurses referred to my IV pole as my “Christmas Tree.” There were so many bags and IVs!

I’d talked with a dietitian and was looking forward to the time when I’d be well enough to be at home, and I began daydreaming about the first meal I would prepare for myself.

I thought about frying sliced potatoes in olive oil and flavoring them with seasoning salt. I also planned to have a grilled chicken breast, with fresh squeezed lemon on it. I thought of the veggies many restaurants serve, including broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, done just right – not too cooked; not too crispy.

When I was well enough to be released from the hospital, I DID go home and fix that exact meal for my first dinner.

While recovering in the hospital I had time to think of many ideas about the foods that I would be able to eat, on a gluten-free diet. I was excited for the chance to live a better, more healthy life, in a gluten-free world!

I’m so happy to be able to create foods that I can eat, and also help others with similar problems, by creating my gluten-free recipes. My life IS SO MUCH BETTER, and yours can be too!

Comments on My Hospital Daydream of my First Gluten-Free Meal

August 22, 2008

Christine @ 6:58 am #

I am so glad you can live healthier and have the talent to create recipes others with gluten intolerance can enjoy.

September 6, 2008

Evangeline @ 8:53 pm #

I read your ‘Daydream’ several times.
What an uplifting and encouraging story.
To rise above feelings of fear and limitation
and create comfort and joy is a gift of real love.
Thank you Gluten Gal for sharing your love of life,
of people, of discovery. xxx