People are idiots.
Not me of course. And certainly not you.
But everyone else? Idiots.
How else to explain the utterly ridiculous comments that so many celiacs must put up with?
Come on people…common sense and common courtesy really aren’t that difficult.
We’re not asking you to totally understand celiac disease. But just realize that it “is” a disease and a little compassion can go a long way.
Which brings me to today’s “Dear Gluten Dude” (emails I receive asking for help).
Hi Gluten Dude. I need your advice please.
I have a thirty year old daughter with celiac disease. She had to have a portion of her small intestine removed due to gluten damage.
She has her bachelor degree in kinesiology.
She has always worked very hard and now she cannot; the brain fog is very thick most days and the general body aches make it very difficult for her. She cannot trust eating out as she is very sensitive to gluten. She can not even eat at my house. She has been completely gluten free for more than a year now, but the symptoms seem to be getting worse instead of better. She can’t go drinking with friends, and tires very easily after a trip shopping.
Last week she went to a movie and was in really bad pain just doing that.
Yesterday a friend stopped by her house to bring her something and before he left said “It must be nice to laze around all day” and that cold syrup might help her.
What is she supposed to say to insensitive people like that?
Please help with some advice for her and probably others.
Mary Lou… make sure your daughter stands up for herself and more importantly, tries somehow to educate her friends about the disease. With most diseases, you don’t need to explain “why” you don’t feel well. But for some reason, whether it’s because our disease is food-related, or because of the gluten-free fad diet, a lot of people just don’t “get” celiac disease.
That being said…it seems like her friend is kind of a bonehead. Make sure she surrounds herself with people who make her feel good.
What about you folks? Any advice you can provide to Mary Lou would be helping her daughter and I’m sure countless others.
Dude note: If you need some advice, contact me and I’ll post your email on my blog. Our celiac community here totally rocks.