Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ending the Year with a Vent

Some grocery stores put the gluten free food mixed in with the glutenous food in the main aisles.  Gee thanks, I think as I wander up and down the rows reading labels of anything I think could be an edible possibility. I get to go through tons of stuff I can't eat, stuff that will make me sicker than a dog, to find the one package of something gluten free. Really? Did you think it was a good idea to tease a Celiac like this? Would it have been so much trouble to just put it all in one place? A place where I didn't have to look at crusty Italian bread, Ding Dongs and pasta?

Sometimes I tell people what I can and can't eat and they are horrified. "I couldn't live like that!" they declare.

Are you kidding me? Spend three days holding onto the block of cement that takes up the space where your stomach used to be and you'll find out how quickly you can live gluten free. It doesn't take rocket science to realize that the days of pain came from the direct ingestion of the rye bread you had for lunch on Tuesday.

Sometimes when the living facts of this disease get to me and I'm met with a supermarket manager who tells me their stuff is mixed in the aisles I can't help but retort, "Who's bright idea was that?"

Sorry, I've been a  (miss) diagnosed Celiac for ten years, but sometimes  it still gets me. Usually when I'm tired and cranky. The only thing that keeps me going is the fact that I'm one of the lucky ones. I know about gluten and it's affect on my body. Not all Celiacs are diagnosed. Some are in denial. I'm lucky enough to know where the danger lies. I count that as a blessing.

Vent over.

Here's to a Happy and Healthy, Gluten Free New Year!
Stay well, stay happy.