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Shawn C
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 4:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I was just curious, what you guys would do if you had to stay in the hospital. How, would you tell them that you can't have free gluten. Also, would you give them a list. Personally I'm afraid to goto the hospital for this reason(not that I need to at the moment) and I'm dead scared of going to jail.
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 5:49 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a great relationship with my OB. He doesnít understand my reaction to free glutamate but has a high level of respect for me and trusts my opinion. While I was pregnant I put together a birth plan that outlined my wishes. We discussed different IVís and no invasive procedures to minimize my exposure to medications.

I put all of this in writing and we both signed it (instead another doctor was on call when I was admitted). I also called our local hospital before hand to learn about their cafeteria and what fresh fruits and vegetables were available and how they handled them.

I always have quick meals in the freezer as well. Once I was in labor my husband packed a cooler with 3 days worth of quick meals. Once I was admitted we alerted my nurses of my diet restrictions and they sent a dietitian to my room. They as well didnít understand my diet but respected it. We came up with a specific meal plan with just fresh fruits and milk that was safe for me to drink. There was a microwave and fridge down the hall from my room that my husband used to warm our meals.

I brought my own pain medication so I wouldnít have to take their gelcap medication as well (cleared by my doctor of course). It all worked perfectly.

If I needed to go to the hospital unexpectedly weíd follow the same plan by sending someone to our home to grab a few food items from the freezer and medication from our cupboard. Now that Iím familiar with our hospital cafeteria and the patient fridge and microwave, an unexpected trip wouldnít be challenging.

I just think itís important to have a trusting relationship with your doctor so they respect your wishes to have non-invasive procedures.

However if my life was on the line, then I would take whatever was necessary to save my life and hope I survive through the MSG reaction.

Due to complications during my birth I did have an epidural and several unexpected medications through my IV line to save my life. My doctor and I didnít think twice about my reaction to MSG, he just did whatever was necessary to keep me alive. Luckily for me it all worked out fine and I had no reactions.

Hope this helps.
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 9:17 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I forgot to add your comment about going to jail made me laugh out loud. Iíve never worried about that but I do worry about when Iím too old to care for myself. Itís a long ways off but Iíll never be able to live in a retirement home where meals are provided. My husband and I plan to save enough for retirement so weíll be able to hire a someone to shop and prepare our meals when we are unable to do it ourselves. Iím trying my best to document our favorite family recipes so if a time ever comes where I canít cook for myself, my family will have some direction of safe meals for us. Funny the things you have to prepare and plan for that other people donít think twice about.
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Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 11:28 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


MSG is functionally equivilent to Processed Free Glutamic Acid, not Free Gluten.

When saying "glutamate", you assume that it's attached to something (hence the "ate" at the end of the word), but glutamic acid is the unbound form of glutamate.

Please read my article which might help to answer your questions (and perhaps even to question your answers!):

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