Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
So today, King Kamehameha Day, the statue that is in downtown Honolulu (across from Iolani Palace) is draped with flower and maile lei. All state offices are closed, there's actually a summer swell (surf) in town, so it's a REALLY big deal!
Interesting fact: a replica of this same statue stands in the Great Statue Hall in Washington, DC, representing the state of Hawai'i.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
After only a few days of being "gluten-free" Lauren is starting to feel better. She'll now be able to gain weight without everything going straight through her little body. A real blessing is that Lauren has a pretty sophisticated palate and is willing to try lots of different things. They're going to take her to a pediatric dietitian to educate her on what she can and cannot eat.
Some bright spots...In-N-Out is a good place to eat! Burgers w/0 the bun and french fries (because the potatoes that are fried in their own oil and no fillers in the meat). PF Changs has a whole "gluten-free menu". Best news of all. DISNEYLAND restaurants have gluten-free menus and they actually go out of their way to accommodate celiacs! Now it really is the Happiest Place On Earth for them!
Interesting facts: Celiac Disease affects 1:133 people BUT only about 1:5,000 are diagnosed! Most people just think they have an upset stomach or can't tolerate "certain" foods. Gluten is used in so many products as a binder, it's amazing! There is a study that is being done that shows that the high rate of celiac disease could be caused by overly processed foods...makes sense.
So, even though this is really a life changing event, just the fact that there is now a real diagnosis and relief for her is a miracle.