As I am now on day nine of feeling like absolute dog poop (maybe I SHOULD have gotten that flu shot after all), it’s a good a day as any to post a celiac rant. It’s been awhile since I posted one of these bad boys. This one came in last week, and oh boy, she’s a doozy.
So my fellow celiac…take it away.
Dude Note: Rated R for mature. Parental guidance is suggested.
First of all this is awesome! So thanks for doing this!
Second…here’s my rant.
For years.. Wether it’s my parents, siblings, best friends or significant others all I have heard is how frustrating my celiac disease is for them… Are you fucking kidding me?
My apologies that my disease is an inconvenience to other people… Please let me cry for you BECAUSE I’M THE ONE IN ACTUAL PAIN….
Whenever I go to family dinners I ask my mom about all the ingredients she puts in the food and double check everything and she has the audacity to tell me how annoying I am and having to cook this way and buy double of everything is reading taxing. Thanks.
My dad whenever he comes to visit me in the city asks where I want to eat; naturally I have a gluten-free restaurant in mind and his response is “no I don’t want to drive in that direction” and then complains about not wanting to go to the areas of town where the restaurants I suggest are and then gets mad at me for being the difficult one.
And every boyfriend I have ever had just doesn’t seem to understand why after being glutened I don’t want to have sex. Because yes I really want to have sex while feeling like I have to puke/constipated/need to poop/burp/fart/throbbing headache whatever it is, because isn’t that when everyone feels their sexiest???
And then they tell me how my problems are severely affecting our relationship and they don’t know what to do and blah blah. I get it, it sucks and I’m sorry. Genuinely sorry because don’t you think I would love to be able to engage in great sex all the time too? Don’t you think I would love to be able to travel anywhere with you without having to be anal about every little tiny detail.
It’s like everyone acts as though this isn’t even more frustrating for me. I mean I spent 20 years not knowing what was wrong with me. My childhood was ruined, so many relationships ruined, so many things I couldn’t do because I had no idea what was wrong with me and was terrified to live. So I’m sorry that my 20 years of misery and hating myself was such an inconvenience on everyone.
My apologies that now that I’ve known for only a year what the name of this is and I am trying really hard and doing my best to make it work and understand this and live a close to normal life as possible. And that sometimes you have to see what an abnormal lifestyle looks like.
I know that medical issues have an affect on family and loved ones. But please kindly go fuck yourself for acting as though you are struggling more than I am. I’m a fucking celiac not an alcoholic or someone with cancer; my problem is not affecting you the way people who’s lives are touched by those terrible tragedies. So please stop being so damn dramatic.
Fed up with people who don’t have a clue.
I love this rant because it’s not a “WHY ME” rant, but more of a “hey…I know it’s not the end of the world, but cut me some friggin’ slack while I try to adapt to this new life” rant.
So to this person’s parents, I say this: You are not being nice. You are not being understanding. And you are not LISTENING. Your kid has an autoimmune dammit. Educate yourself a bit and put yourself in her shoes.
As for the boyfriends who want sex…well, who doesn’t? But take it from me…when you’re feeling like hell and struggling with celiac, it’s not exactly the first thing on our mind. Rent a movie. It won’t kill ya.
Need to Vent?
I hate celiac. You hate celiac. We all hate celiac.
With all that pent up anger, people need a place to vent.
Well…I invite you to lie on the Dude’s couch (figuratively speaking) and spew away.
There’s just one rule: Once you’re done venting, you need to move forward and put the negative vibes on the back burner. Positive energy brings positive results.
Don’t you feel better already??