First, a quick Dude health update: I went to see my GI yesterday. He says something is definitely going on, but it is not necessarily the celiac. My blood work from a few months back showed no gluten antibodies, so it’s not hidden gluten that is causing me to feel like crap.
So here is the current plan of attack: More blood work yesterday. Today, I am heading in for an endoscopy, and next week I’m scheduled for a CAT scan. I’m convinced he’s not gonna find a dang thing. At this point, I just want to KNOW, no matter what it is. Will keep you posted.
Your comments and your emails have warmed my heart…I can’t thank you enough.
Yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah.
Ok, onto today’s post….
I received the following email last week and I was a bit stumped on how to respond. So whenever that happens, I find it best to open it up to the forum and get your feedback.
Hi Gluten Dude,
I have a dilemma of sorts for you. I tested negative for celiac but have been determined gluten intolerant by my doctors. We’ve also found that I have a weird case of having-but-not-having ulcerative colitis, but I digress. My point is, I can’t eat the gluteny foods without getting sick, and I’ve been happy to find a diverse, encouraging community on your blog. Because I don’t have celiac and have found my tolerance level to be somewhere between that tiny piece of communion bread and a tablespoon of orzo, I don’t concern myself too much with cross-contamination when I eat out. For example, I’ll pick off the crutons when they forget to leave them off.
So I agreed to go to a local sandwich chain with some friends yesterday, because most sandwich shops have salad. This place amazingly offered gluten-free flatbread and had a list of gluten-free items. The server clearly knew her stuff and questioned me on how my sandwich should be prepared, if it could share the grill with other sandwiches. Never wanting to overexaggerate my dietary restrictions and a lifelong fear of being a nuisance (I am a little sister!), I ensured her that my sensitivity allowed me to withstand a bit of cross-contamination, and I emphasised that I didn’t have celiac.
I sense a RED ALERT coming on, so please be gentle with your response! When I come across these instances, I want to be a helper, not a hurter, of the celiac community. Should I just fake having celiac and insist on the same preparation methods you would?
Thanks so much!
I love the fact that she is concerned about those with celiac disease, even though she is not inflicted herself. It says a lot about her character.
And I would tell her “Yes…you should insist on the same methods. Even though you don’t have celiac, it is still a health issue for you. Don’t do it for us…do it for yourself.”
But I also understand there is a gray-area here and some people might not agree with me.
What are your thoughts?