Our 9 year old son has been gluten-free for 2 months and diagnosed with celiac disease via biopsy. He attends an afterschool care program through our local Y since both my husband and I work full-time. Since he became gluten-free, we have always packed his lunch and snacks for the day. The Y has been informed in writing that our son has celiac disease and not to give him any food as he is only to eat what we have provided. Our son has done very well with this transition of diet change and I have become very creative in snacks and finding things that are gluten-free that he likes. My husband went to pick our son up yesterday and there are 4 teachers that are there on a regular basis. One of his teachers is on vacation and there was a sub. Apparently, the sub gave our son a piece of chocolate cake and told him that it was ok for him to eat. He even questioned her about it as he knew it wasn't safe, but she assured him it was. He ate 3 bites before another teacher saw what had occurred and immediately stepped in and took the cake away and told the sub that he couldn't have it. The sub wanted to argue with my husband when he spoke to her about this asking if we had put this in writing. He advised her that we had. Then, she told him that she knew that the cake was gluten free because she knew what gluten free meant. My husband was puzzled as it is obvious that cake has flour, which has gluten. So, he asked her what she thought gluten free meant. Are you ready for her reply... She believes that gluten free has to do with cholesterol!!
My husband gave her a nice lecture on gluten free and what she had just done to our son's body. I can't believe it!!! I'm glad that I wasn't the one that picked him up as I was livid when my husband told me the story and probably would have told the sub she was an idiot. I am calling the Y program today and speak with the director. My husband assured our son that this wasn't his fault as he felt he had done something wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep your children gluten free when they are not with you? I thought we had covered all of our bases. Thanks for reading and letting me vent.
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