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Member Since 01 Dec 2008
Offline Last Active Jan 27 2015 05:06 PM

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In Topic: Are You Amazing At Explaining Cross-Contamination? Help Me Be Lovely And Thou...

27 January 2015 - 05:06 PM

Hi everyone!


Well… it was awesome! Everyone was so kind and thoughtful and it went well. I think I got mildly glutened once, but I think it's because we had to buy some unfamiliar brands (all labeled gluten free… not all certified). One mild glutening in 2 weeks is pretty par for the course for me, as I am extremely sensitive and may have an allergy rather than celiac?


However, I had a terrible allergic reaction to something that is not gluten! My gluten reactions are very recognizable to me and this was different. I had horrific hives and eczema all over for more than 2 weeks. It was so awful. I still don't know for sure what got me.


Just wanted to say thank you everyone for all your help and thoughts!

In Topic: The Grocery Store

27 January 2015 - 04:58 PM

I've never gotten sick from just hugging someone, but I have gotten sick from hugging someone and getting their hair in my mouth! I guess I hug a lot and I wouldn't have thought anything of it but after a few times I was researching and hair products have terrible amounts of gluten in them. Boo. I am super super sensitive. Most people would never have to consider such a thing but I'm just sharing my experience so you can feel less alone.

In Topic: Gluten-Free Country...?

27 January 2015 - 04:54 PM

Wow, I used to dream of this! Even a city would be so great.


I have been putting Italy on my map because they apparently have a very high awareness of celiac. However, definitely not gluten free!


I went to Turkey and gorged on figs, fresh juice and plain fish and really enjoyed it.


But a place with no gluten at all… hmmm… I read of a recent study in Tanzania, I believe where they were studying the microbiomes of traditional hunter/gatherers. These people did not consume western foods. The scientist even ummm… tried injecting the microbiome into himself! Fascinating.


However, I don't know how much of a gastronomic experience you will have. I think it's mostly plain meat, manioc and foraged veggies.

In Topic: Are You Amazing At Explaining Cross-Contamination? Help Me Be Lovely And Thou...

23 September 2014 - 06:30 PM

Aww… I haven't gone yet but I think I was worried about nothing. I saw everyone this weekend and they offered to stop by Costco (because we fly in there late) to get me anything I needed to stay healthy. I super enjoyed spending time with them and now I'm looking forward to the trip even more!


I thought the offer was so thoughtful and caring. I'm so lucky! And grateful :-)


I think one of the reasons I worry is I've just had not so great experiences in the past so I get scared. Now though, it might be just me worrying. I'm super looking forward to spending time with all of them and they just seem really understanding :-) Yay!


Thank you again for all your thoughts and help everyone!

In Topic: Help - Sick At Work All The Time

17 September 2014 - 07:50 PM

Oh wow, I used to have this! I know how frustrating that can be...


I just started really paying attention to my body and what kinds of things I was reacting to and days that were worse or better.


About 8 months into my job, I noticed it was the WATER at my work making me sick. I don't think it's gluten… but I stopped drinking the water at work and began bringing bottled water. No more sickie. The tap water at my home didn't bother me. Beats me why! 


Do people eat gluteny things in the space where you are working? Do you touch your face or put on lip balm with your finger tips?


Are you eating near people with gluteny items? I didn't figure it out for awhile, but crumbs get brushed off of hands, people gesture wildly while holding a sandwich etc etc… if I eat with gluten free people I don't get sick, with a gluten-full table, I get sick maybe 30-50% of the time. So I just at some point decided the horrible stomach pains and D were not worth it. There have been more things I've had to cut out doing at work and it's been getting better and better for me there. The thing that sucks is that it's somewhat isolating :-(. 


Weluvgators gave a pretty thorough response ! I'll just leave you with: I've totally been there :-(