When Jack eats gluten, his body is at war - with itself. His immune system begins to attack tissues in the gut, warding off the enemy - Gluten. Gluten is the trigger to this war and it's the enemy no doubt. Keeping the enemy away from my son is a challenge every day. But with pre-planning, a gluten-free lifestyle is the ONLY way to keep Jack's body from experiencing an autoimmune reaction and causing havoc on his body.
|Army Men and Pirates join forces |
against the Gluten Intruders!
My take on it is like this: The Army Men and Pirates are Jack's Immune System. Before Jack was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, when he would eat something with gluten, the forces would attack his gut, pounding at the hairlike projections in his small intestines called Villi. The Army Men and Pirates were mistakening Jack's small intestines as the Intruder! In doing so, Jack's small intestines were damaged which caused his stomach to distend due to inflammation and with the Villi damaged, nutrients and vitamins were not being absorbed into his body which caused him to be mildly anemic.
|Ready for Action!|
As Jack's Mamma and Commander and Chief of his gluten-free diet, it's my responsibility to ensure Jack is eating gluten-free at ALL times. Until Jack is able to determine what has gluten and what doesn't and is able to ask questions as needed, I am the responsible party in making sure the Intruder doesn't prevail! I will do my best son! And even when you are old enough to make your own dietary decisions, I'm sure I'll still offer my two cents...that's just what moms do.