How many times with this illness have I said, "At least I don't have that problem" only to find out I was wrong, wrong, wrong? First it was, "I don't have chronic infections. My GP and a CFS specialist told me so." That one was very wrong. Treatment with antivirals has improved both my and my daughter's condition significantly. Next was, "I don't have OI. I'm not frequently dizzy and I don't faint." Again, wrong. I don't have obvious severe OI problems, but I do, in fact, have OI. Treatment with fludrocortisone, verapamil, and a lot more fluids has enabled me to be upright more and able to do more. Then, "We don't need to deal with methylation issues." Again, wrong, although not so badly wrong as on other issues. Genetic testing showed some methylation issues for me, and more for daughter. So now we take some supplements to deal with methylation problems. The latest is, "We don't have problems with any foods." Last week Dr R told us to try a minimal gluten and dairy diet. Going dairy-free a few months ago cleared up my persistent nasal and ear congestion, which often led to sinus and respiratory infections, so I'm guessing she's on the right track. We'll see if the addition of gluten-freeness helps even more. If history is any indication, my "We don't have gut issues because we don't have gut symptoms" is another totally wrong conclusion. When summer rolls around and I'm not tutoring, I'm going to try resistant starch just to see if, once again I was wrong, wrong, wrong. So.... we're venturing into gluten- and dairy-free land for both daughter and I. It's looking a bit tricky since neither of us does the grocery shopping and DH is not 100% bought into the idea of changing diet. He's coped well with all the lifestyle changes this illness has required so far, but he's a good ole Southern boy who doesn't like people messing with his food. Expecting him to cook gluten- and dairy-free may be pushing him a bit too far. I'm doing better now that I'm back on Valcyte, though, so I'll be doing more cooking and baking. I can also make short trips to the grocery to investigate dairy-free cheeses and such. No, we don't have Whole Foods Groceries or Trader Joe's here in the middle of soybean land, so finding all the gluten- and dairy-free food options is not straight-forward. But we'll figure something out.