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#1 catsmeow

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:36 AM

SIGH.....I did it again. I went to a BBQ with complete intent to not go on and on and on about my wheat allergy and dietary needs....yet, I did it again. I believe I saw the glazed look in my hosts eyes once. It's so hard not to talk about it, because it encompasses every aspect of our lives. How do you guys control yourselves? I want to, but it comes out anyway, like word vomit...Help...so upset with myself....I don't want to be known for being a bore......
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:51 AM

SIGH.....I did it again. I went to a BBQ with complete intent to not go on and on and on about my wheat allergy and dietary needs....yet, I did it again. I believe I saw the glazed look in my hosts eyes once. It's so hard not to talk about it, because it encompasses every aspect of our lives. How do you guys control yourselves? I want to, but it comes out anyway, like word vomit...Help...so upset with myself....I don't want to be known for being a bore......


Have you been recently diagnosed? When was first diagnosed (and the time between the tests) it seemed like I could not stop talking about what I learned about celiac and what I could and couldn't eat. But I found that over time this decreased. As it became more of a normal part of my life and something I adjusted to, I didn't feel the need to talk about it all the time. I think part of the reason I talked about it so much at the beginning was that I was always thinking about it. I was thinking about it, and what i was learning, and how it would change my life. So that is what came out of my mouth. I tried to slow down before I talked and think about if I was talking about food. If I was thinking about food, then I purposefully picked another topic to talk about. That helped me reduce my verbal vomit.
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#3 catsmeow

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:00 AM

How long after diagnoses did it become normal enough for you to stop talking about it a lot? I'm a year out from diagnoses. Yet, I still feel like I'm learning, and social situations are still a little new. I'm still thinking about wheat allergy and dietary restrictions 24/7. I can't seem to shut it off...

I like the idea of thinking before I speak. Do you have any examples?
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Wheat Allergy-April 2010
Gluten Intolerant-April 2010
Dairy/casien intolerant-Aug 2012
Lactose intolerant- Aug 2012
Soy Intolerant-November 2012
October 2012- I learned that I am 1/2 Irish with a strong family history of Gluten Intolerance/Celiacs. I will never know If I am Celiac because I will never eat gluten again in order to test postive, it's poison and I do not ever want to feel the way I felt before implementing the gluten free diet EVER again!!!

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:00 AM

Oh no! Is blathering another symptom of Celiac? :lol:

I try not to say much. Just not eat at the gatherings. Was at a sports banquet yesterday. Just didn't eat. The one dad who knew about my problem, just said " Oh right". When I said I wasn't eating. Helps that his ex has to have a special diet so he gets it. Everyone else didn't say a thing. Most didn't even notice.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 09:24 AM

What I have found is that when I'm asked why I'm not eating and I mention celiac and my inability to eat gluten, people around me become extremely interested. The questions go on and on, and more people tend to gather around to listen. I've come to believe that so many people have digestive and nutritional issues, they are searching for the cause...and, inevitably, they wonder if gluten might be the answer. Without exception, someone will say something like, "That sounds like my mom," or "That sounds like my roommate."

Generally, if I'm at a gathering where some people already know my condition, I just give a short explanation and drop it. However, if it's the first time a group has met me, I provide further information if prodded to do so (like at workshops where I've been served a "special" meal). Although I personally feel a bit like a bore, I also come away feeling as though someone might have been helped. I think that spreading "the word" is important because those people who've been educated will now talk to others about the condition....and somewhere down the line, perhaps someone will get the help they need.

Don't worry--you may be helping people...and not even know it.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:21 AM

SIGH.....I did it again. I went to a BBQ with complete intent to not go on and on and on about my wheat allergy and dietary needs....yet, I did it again. I believe I saw the glazed look in my hosts eyes once. It's so hard not to talk about it, because it encompasses every aspect of our lives. How do you guys control yourselves? I want to, but it comes out anyway, like word vomit...Help...so upset with myself....I don't want to be known for being a bore......


I think that you are prety normal. Whenever a person enters into a new condition in their lives, its natural for that to occupy all their thoughts. For instance, when I was pregnant, I was reading and researching constantly and that was what I wanted to talk about. When I had my baby, TRUST ME, that baby was all that I could think about. And now, we talk about the celiac alot at home because even though I am the only one going gluten free, its affecting us all. The key I think lies in judging interest. If you can learn to tell the difference between polite listening and actual interest, it will go a long way towards preventing boredom. Check eye contact. Are the eyes wandering alot? Are they asking questions? Are the shifting their weight uncomfortably? If you think you have gone to far and might have bored someone, you can just say, "I'm sorry, I have just learned so much in such a short time, its hard not to share. How's your dog? (or child, or son, or husband, w/e)." This way, it gives them the chance to either change the subject or say, "Oh no, Its very interesting. What do you do for sandwhiches?"
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:30 AM

Oh no! Is blathering another symptom of Celiac? :lol:


hahahaa! too funny :) just spent the weekend camping and almost every day there was a huge conversation about celiac - i love that people are interested but *damb* i'm sick of talking about it... on top of that, something has zapped me so now i'm cranky as all get out. i came home to eat a tuna on udi's and wait my alloted 20 minutes for my stupid body to decide what it's gonna do. everybody went out of the way to make sure my stuff was separate (lil grill) and stuff i could eat (rice, salad, etc) and then they cc'd the living hell out of it. rice and salad in plastic containers, the kids with their crumb-y hands, using the same spoon for different dishes. i play a game "can't eat that" - starts out with all the possibile gluten-free offerings then i watch and one by one i check them off. i am down to nothing :( and also eyeing the coolers suspiciously: they are NOT new or separate. we keep regular beer and my drinks in the same drink cooler. at one point or another, they have all been used for a beer cooler over the years. we scrub them out with clorox but of course they are scratched plastic. and i am sure every one of them has had beer spilled in them. could this be the culprit as well?? last night i just quit eating anything at all. ugh.... packing my meals from now on. packing my meals from now on. packing my meals from now on...... :/ i should take my own advice!!
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:50 AM

Oh no! Is blathering another symptom of Celiac? :lol:

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I think so!! :lol:

After becoming so quiet when I was very ill, I am back to being "chatty me"...so perhaps my blathering is pent up stuff for 3 years!!

Don't feel too bad about this! I think it is only natural to talk about it. It's a pretty interesting topic--to some. Some people say "OMG! that's my sister, she had this test, that test and she's still sick, Can you email her with some info"..Sure!!

and so, maybe I have helped.

When I get the glazed donut look from someone--or an actual yawn... :lol: ...I stop and change the subject.

For now, I talk about it when someone asks and sometimes, I am guilty of thinking someone is gluten intolerant. You know that little kid in the movie who "saw dead people", well, I see celiacs everywhere I go.....and most of them are in my family. :blink:

I don't want to be the "celiac whisperer", but geesh...it's so darn obvious sometimes when someone I know eats a hot dog, fries and a shake and runs for the ladies room....been there, done that!
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 12:19 PM

... I am guilty of thinking someone is gluten intolerant. You know that little kid in the movie who "saw dead people", well, I see celiacs everywhere I go.....and most of them are in my family. :blink:



This was me . . . anytime anybody talked about their health, it seemed that some if not all the symptoms could be attributed to gluten intolerance/celiac. A lot of times but not always, I managed to bite my tongue and keep my mouth shut. The person that got to hear it the most, though, was my husband. It got bad enough that at one point when I was talking about electrical issues in a faulty ceiling fan, he asked me if that wasn't a symptom of celiac disease.

It'll get better. You'll see the cues from people who are generally interested and want more information and those that don't. I'm to the point now that if someone mentions what my daughter is eating, I give a brief explanation and shut up . . . if they ask a follow-up question, I talk a little more . . . and so on.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 12:58 PM

The person that got to hear it the most, though, was my husband. It got bad enough that at one point when I was talking about electrical issues in a faulty ceiling fan, he asked me if that wasn't a symptom of celiac disease.

OMG!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
I just read this to my hubby...we laughed our butts off..thanks! I am glad I am not the only one ... :lol: I'll try to restrain myself a bit more :lol: :lol:
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:08 PM


...and then they cc'd the living hell out of it. rice and salad in plastic containers, the kids with their crumb-y hands, using the same spoon for different dishes.



.....packing my meals from now on. packing my meals from now on. packing my meals from now on.





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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:13 PM

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:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:35 PM

electrical issues as a symptom of celiac disease


True story: we had to have our house interior telephone re wired several times because the mice kept eating the newer coating off the phone wiring in the crawl space and shorting it out. Finally the phone repair technician showed up triumphantly with a batch of the older style cable and said "this is going to fix them, they never bothered this old type in any house I've put it in" and he re did it with it. I said, if you don't mind I'm going to go one step further and coat the stuff with the same aloe that I put on leather goods to repel mice in the barn, he said "go for it," and I was going around behind him with a bottle of aloe gel and swabbing it while we had a funny conversation about just what could be in the newer rubbery/plastic coating or the insulation that the rodents found so irresistible- and yes we did speculate on if it could be grain based, or if there was some sort of mineral craving involved.... :lol:
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:43 PM

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Don't forget the foil industry!
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:52 PM

Don't forget the foil industry!


or the toaster industry! I wonder if there's any data showing the rise in new toaster purchases in comparison to the rise in celiac diagnoses.? :lol:
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

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Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif



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