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SunnyDyRain

So Frustrated!

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Ok, so my lifestyle does not lend to eating at home very well.

So last night, I left work at noon, had a job interview (didn't eat before it..just incase..) after interview I stopped at a gas station and grabbed cashews and cool ranch doritos. Then I had to drive 2 hours to my mother's retirement party.. at a pizza place of course. I figured between cashews and doritos, I'd be good to not eat then head out to Uno Chicago grill for thier gluten free menu.

So I get there... my mom insists I eat. Ok, so I order a salad with gilled chicken, asked for just oil and vinegar as dressing. I explained that I was gluten intolerant so I needed no crutons and please be careful. She got the dressing right.. it came out with CRUTONS! I'm a whuss so i didn't send it back... removed crutons and i ate a small section... took the rest home for family that can eat it.

After that I picked up my friend and headed to Uno where I hear they had Gluten free menu! I asked for one and the hostess looked at me wierd.. "I don't know what that is, but I'll go ask the manager." So she went and got one. So I ordered BBQ shrimp with broccoli and mashed potoes. I explained that I was gluten free again, and I needed them to be careful. He said he understood.

When my food came out... a Cheesy Garlicy Breadstick was laying on my broccoli!

GGRRR I give up! No one in the service industry gives a hoot about the health of thier patrons.

I think I'm going to write a letter to Uno telling them if they are going to have a gluten-free menu, they need to train their employees or they are wasting their money!

I am sick today, I don't think it's too mad, just D.. not overly fatiuged or anything. thank god.

So annoyed!


Dx 3/23/07

Gluten free 3/27/07

Intolerant:

Gluten

MSG

Allergies:

Ragweed

Honeydew

Cantalope

Nickel (jewelry)

Dx'd Lymphocytic Colitis 6/16/08

I am a bad silly-yak!

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hi, i feel for you, i find the only time i get sick lately is eating out, but i think its CC i have been lucky and found resteraunt staff very patient and very good with me when i explain my issue. i allways order a steak and potatotes with plain veggies. or else bacon and eggs. i figure ill have heart desease soon enough. i also have brought my own food a couple of times and once i explained to the staff they were more than happy to heat it up for me. so keep trying and when you do find the right resturant tip well and keep going there,


Nadine

mom of 4 great kids - 2 diagnosed with autism and 2 typical kids (thank goodness)

all this started after my hysterectomy in March of 2006

G.F. since Feb 2007

Soy free since April 2007

Blood work was negatvie (after 2 weeks of being on the gluten-free diet)

entrolab results:

Antigliadin 9 (normal <10)

HLA-DQB1 Allele 1 - 0302

HLA-DQB2 Allele 2 - 0502

HLA-DQ 3,1 (subtype 8,5)

carrying one celiac gene and one gluten intolerant gene

nurse at entrolab figures i caught this early and dont eat gluten anymore

life is like a box of chocolates;sometimes you get stuck with the yukky coconut fillet one

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I eat out successfully, but I seldom order a salad. The ONLY time I'll order a salad is when there are no croutons on their regular salad. I just don't trust them to use a clean bowl to toss it.

There is a high turnover in servers in restaurants and probably few gluten-free people, so I don't think it's possible to have every server well-versed in gluten-free, even if they have a gluten-free menu. I'd bet it was the server, not the cook, who put the bread stick on your food. I generally tell them to be sure no bread touches any of my food. In a restaurant it's usually the bread/croutons that are the concern ... that way a server will know not to put bread on your plate.

If you do get something that's wrong, you do need to send it back. Consider that gluten is poison to you ... if you got served a plate of food with a little poison on it, you'd send it back rather than eat it! Don't take chances like that ... picking off croutons is not good enough.


gluten-free 12/05

diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12/06

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I have only been diagnosed since February, so I am still new at this. I have gone to restaurants and ordered caesar salad. I forget that it comes with croutons. I am the same way, I take them off and eat some of the salad. Another place that is hard is going to the mall. I have two teenage daughters and we eat at the mall a lot. I found a place that I can get a baked potato with cheese and bacon. Now when we go out to eat we go to the diner because I can get eggs any time. It is frustrating but I learn something new every day.

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