Working At A Pizza Place?
Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:12 PM
This is my first time posting here. After a very long struggle of being extremely sick I went on a gluten-free diet about 1.5 years ago. I felt amazing! Lately, I have been feeling quite terrible again. I go to work and school and it seems impossible to even think in school, let alone get my projects done. I have been in a ton of pain.
My question is: am I completely insane for working at a pizza place with flour all over?
I have been trying to figure out if some other food besides gluten, dairy, and soy have been making me sick but I haven't been able to pinpoint anything as all food seems to make me sick. I am very careful at work. I always wash my hands really well before I eat. I even make sure to not lick my lips at all. Could breathing flour in be a problem? Could ingesting a tiny amount of flour the night before cause breakfast to make me sick?
Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:39 PM
I would think that yes, you working at a pizza place with flour flying around could make you sick. The problem with flour is that is stays in the air for several hours, someone has actually posted the time before, I can't remember, and it will settle on any and everything in the resturant. So if you are eating there you could be getting it into your system. You also could have an allergy to it along with the gluten intolerance.
2 neg celiac blood tests, mine was also neg. No endo done. Son had x-ray, showing severe constipation. Son has latex allergy. KP for both of us.
Long family history of bowel problems, auto-immune and all sorts of cancers. My G-mother informed me that she was put on a gluten free diet after she had my mom (1950's), of course she stopped when she felt better. She has had problems ever since I can remember.
So here we are! I do have my son's Dr to thank for even bringing up celiac! Thank You Dr.B!
My adult daughter also has been helped by eating gluten-free.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:52 AM
Posted 09 December 2010 - 05:26 AM
Sorry you haven't been feeling well lately, but I would say it is probably all the pizza dough and flour flying around. I read somewhere (don't you love that vague expression) that flour can stay in the air for up to 3 days. Whether the time frame is accurate doesn't really matter, but the fact that you are around it while it's flying is cause enough to believe that you are being glutened while working there. Small amounts, bit by bit, can make you sick over time. Gluten Free Pizza parlor anyone?
I've actually stopped baking at home with non gluten-free flours. My GI doctor said my antibody numbers weren't going down as much as they should and told me to be hyper-vigilant about gluten. So, I've changed the dog's treats to gluten-free, refuse to touch gluten bread, etc. and don't bake with gluten flours. My non-gluten-free family members understand and have to do for themselves a little more, but hopefully it is working!
I hate to think about what you are going to have to do - can you possibly find another place to work? I know, stupid question in today's times, but maybe you can???
Diagnosed with Celiac Disease April 2010. After endoscopy doc said "Aren't you glad?"
DD #1 ('99) tested negative on bloodwork but positive on 2 genetic markers. Went gluten free in July 2010 and has been symptom-free ever since!
DD #2 ('98) tested negative and has no symptoms. Didn't fork out money for genetic testing. Will watch and test regularly.
Husband tested positive in July 2010 and has refused to go gluten free. Uh huh, that's gonna bite him in the a** one day! (Pun intended!)
Posted 09 December 2010 - 06:01 AM
Hopefully, you can find a new job that you like. If you explain to your manager why you have to leave, maybe they would give you a good recommendation.
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Posted 09 December 2010 - 11:22 AM
It does feel like I have been getting progressively more sick. I am definitely going to try to find a new job. It's going to be difficult right now though. So hectic this time of year with christmas and finals.
Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:58 PM
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