May I have a drumroll, please?
...I think I have officially gone an entire week and a half with no glutenings. I hesitate to even write this down, as I'm afraid the evil gluten monster will immediately show up at my door, knock me down, laugh in a sinister fashion, and say "I told you so!"
The skin on my fingers where I usually have DH blisters is starting to heal. There have been a couple of times where it has gotten a bit red and I've been apprehensive, but it isn't painful. It's weird to just have almost-normal skin there!
I was being super careful, but I then got caught up by some nasty flu-bug and couldn't tell which end was up. I stayed at my parents' house for the course of it, which provided myriad opportunities for cross-contamination. I'm pretty sure I was glutened. I was almost too sick to notice.
Being on the upswing, I HAVE to be careful what risks I take. I've been working a lot and have been stressing a bit much in the last few weeks about various subjects, so it's often hard to tell whether I'm tired from lack of sleep or potential gluten. Or both. The weird part is, I've noticed that being glutened is a different kind of tired. Both make it hard to get out of bed in the morning and both make my brain a bit foggy, but it is different. I can't really explain it.
On a random note- I also can't explain why after only two days without coffee last weekend and miraculously no headaches (thank you, green tea!) that my coffee made me CRAZY on Monday. It was almost like I hadn't been absorbing the caffeine in the past, and then WOWSA! Tachycardia! No attention span! Haven't felt like that in quite a while. I had to back it off, which was sad because I am in love with my strong morning coffee.
I'm going out of town tomorrow to take a big test. It is an all day thing, so I'm hoping there won't be too much drama come lunchtime!! (Yes, that's a lunchbox. No, I did not hide equations for reference in my string cheese.) And yes, I am currently procrastinating about my final review of material. Great idea when my estimated time of departure is at about 5:30 AM.
Anyway, just sharing the good news... I hope... Crossing your fingers makes it hard to type.