ell said, IH. I thought it needed repeating. We are still here. And we are still here in the hopes that we can help others to be still here, living life. We are not here to be the wicked witches of the west. We are not here because we like arguing or because we feel sorry for ourselves. We are here to try to give you whatever help you need. If you don't like the message, feel free to disregard it. But don't complain because it was offered -- you did after all come here seeking it, even if it wasn't the message you hoped for.
I haven't been around much lately but I am still so grateful to 'shroomie and many others for all their help when I was preparing to go gluten free. Even though I am not around so much, I am super grateful for them and that they are still here helping others who came after me. Thank you.
This borders on harassment, if you ask me.
I agree. I don't get any grief about what I do or don't eat and I would never take it from anyone. It's not worth it to my health, and I don't want to associate with anyone so nasty. I get that you can't chose your co-workers, and work situations are a lot harder, but I wouldn't bother being gracious to anyone who treated you like this, even if it's in your nature to be nice to people. Sometimes, they deserve a not so nice response to those kind of insane argumentative replies.
I do disagree with the comment that that alcohol is not pushed so much beyond teenage years as food is. That may be the case in communities in the US but Australian culture includes a lot of drinking and so did life in London where going out for after work drinks a number of times a week was super common and accepted. Many of us turned up for work feeling rather worse for wear and in retrospect, I think that was an issue. But it was work encouraged and often endorsed (we had drinks at work, or were out drinking with our managers and coworkers). When my team was seen as a bit cliquey and not attending drinks with everyone else, they moved the location to our office and some Friday evenings we were literally sitting at our desks finishing up our work while coworkers from less busy teams drank and socialised around us. Whereas food, pfffft, no one cared about that. I also think the style of food in the US is much more gluten-y than I am used here to so I do sympathise there. It stresses me out a fair bit when I travel to the US whereas in Australia and the UK it's no big deal and there are usually quite a few items that would be naturally gluten free.
To the OP, I can be pretty wussy and want to stay home if I feel ill. I figure if I don't feel well at home, communting an hour each way on the bus is really not going to help. So don't beat yourself up about it, you have a fellow wuss in me :-)