The stool samples for my daughter were negative, so the next step was a blood draw. I was dreading it but figured we'd get it over with and then at least have some results. Instead, it ended up taking four trips to two different locations before someone successfully drew the blood we needed. I experienced a complete lack of empathy from the employees, as well as conflicting information on their policy on pediatric blood draws. Long story short, I channeled my anger about the entire experience into a letter to the laboratory company, a nationwide chain. Unfortunately, there wasn't a clear customer service email address available to send my complaint letter to, so I went a step beyond and hunted down the email address of the CEO. Others may not have leaped to the CEO so quickly, but...leave it to me to go straight to the top.
Needless to say, I got a response and a profuse apology from both the CEO and the regional manager responsible for the employees I encountered. They can't fix what happened, but at least I feel better having tried to do something on behalf of my daughter's traumatizing visits to the labs.
Moving on, after eliminating dairy as the cause of my daughter's GI distress, we tried eliminating gluten. She improved, her celiac panel was negative, and then we re-introduced gluten. Bad move. All bad. It was rather amazing what a single slice of bread could do to my daughter, actually. We removed gluten again, and she improved again, then she ate some gluten-containing dog food (oops), and a rough 4th of July ensued.
Celiac or not, she is living the gluten free diet at least for now, and the reason I am posting this is I know some gluten free readers may stumble across this post. This has blindsided my carbohydrate-, gluten-aholic husband and I, so if you have any gluten-free tips, favorite websites, etc. please contact me. In the meantime, I'll be online reading everything there is to know about gluten, because that's how I do things.