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katyo

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I work in a booth at a Farmer's Market that makes apple fritters and elephant ears. I was wondering if this is such a good idea. Can this be making me sick?

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Katyo--when you work in an enviroment where flour can be in the air, you could be having problems. Flour gets on everything, it floats in the air and lands everywhere. Everything you touch will have flour on it. Anything your hand touches can conceivably get to your food. Even if you just feel a hair on your tongue and you reach to remove it, you could contiminate yourself in this way. Some people think this is being a touch paranoid, but that is a decision you have to make. Personally, I know I could not work in that enviroment. When patients bring us donuts and such, I have to stress to the other employees to not sit the boxes on my desk, or on the schedule book and such, they just do not understand the importance.

It's up to you, but maybe a new job would be in order for you.

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Thanks - I was wondering why I am not getting any better, but getting worse. I am working there just to help out my friends who own the booth. I am a school bus driver otherwise - and am filling in some time to keep busy. But I don't think it is worth it.

I have no one around to talk with that knows anything about Celiac, so this is helpful, thank you.

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Katyo,

If you have tested positive for the antibodies then just breathing in the flour particles will get them into your system and set off the reaction. Hope you get better soon.

Yellow Rose

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Thanks - I was wondering why I am not getting any better, but getting worse. I am working there just to help out my friends who own the booth. I am a school bus driver otherwise - and am filling in some time to keep busy. But I don't think it is worth it.

I have no one around to talk with that knows anything about Celiac, so this is helpful, thank you.

Since you are doing this for friends, I would explain to them that you cannot continue working there due to your health problems. Also, do you enforce a no eating rule on your bus? You could very easily be glutened by the little brats (uhh... I mean adorable little children :) ) who ride your bus if they eat on the bus.

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lol. I feel that way sometimes. I call them the little "darlings". I am fortunate to work in a great school corporation. I LOVE having the summers off!! I have a great group of kids on my bus for the most part.

I am going to find a way this week to tell my friends I can't work there.

Something has got to happen. I am not feeling better after 5 months. I found out that I have 24 other food "sensitivities". NOT HAPPY. Chicken and fish are the only meats I can have at least till December, plus a lot of my favorite vegetables and eggs. I thought that the Celiac diet was hard. But this is even harder. It says I can't have cow's milk, but I can have cheese. The company is IMMUNO 1 Bloodprint. Some foods I have to wait 3 months to try, some 4 months, and some 5 months. I am doing my very best, but I still am not feeling well at all. It is hard to walk, I have a lot of pain in my feet, knees, and hands. I am filled full of fluid, gaining more weight, needless to say, I am depressed. Just this past week, I have these spots on the back of my hairline and on my neck. They get kinda sore. I thought they were bites at first, but they aren't.

I will have to see if it was indeed the job working for my friends two days a week.

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If those spots are also itchy they may be Dermatitis Herpetiformis, which is indicative of current contamination with gluten. If they go away after a few days or weeks once you're out of the farmstand, then you know you were getting glutened in some way. You may want to check everything in the house again too, you know, colanders, stirring spoons, anything with scratches in it.

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