Our last appointment there was at gastroenterology. Why you might ask? During our diabetes visit the doctor was concerned about his blood glucose and ordered a blood test for Celiac disease. This disease keeps the body from absorbing food in the correct way and would affect how a person with diabetes would handle their disease. The test came back positive so off we went to the gastro clinic. People with Downs syndrome and diabetes have a higher rate of Celiac disease. Sorry Jake, you have the double whammy of both. Jake told the doctor that he “did not choose Celiac disease.” In other words he was not going to accept the diagnosis. That’s when I knew outside help was needed. He has watched his brother have to give up all things that contain gluten: pizza, pasta, bread, fries cooked with anything that has wheat. All foods in the basic teen diet. Fortunately I can make all those foods gluten-free.
After the hospital we will go to Kroger’s and let him pick out some of his new, soon to be favorite, foods. It helps that Sam and April’s boyfriend both have Celiac. My guy Jake is a trooper and I am sure he will adapt just fine!