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Hi All,

I'm trying to be extremely careful with my gluten intake. I have a wheat allergy and am very sensitive to gluten. This evening I was at a large group dinner with relatives. They had spaghetti dinner, and I brought my own Glutino meal. The bread basket was passed over my food at some point. I feel like I am having a reaction tonight. I thought I was doing everything I could to avoid gluten contact by bringing my own food, but I'm now wondering if I may have gotten a crumb in my food from the bread that was passed over my plate. Has anyone else had a reaction from something like this? Also, how do you politely tell people to keep all gluten away from your food without seeming too strange? :)

Thanks for the insight!

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Yup! I despise bread baskets being waved around (I have celiac and am ridiculously sensitive). It's SOOOOO difficult to get people to understand this. If only we could do as in the movie "Cocoon" and swiftly "be" someone else for a minute to feel all they feel emotionally and physically- maybe then people would get it. I tell people now that I am AFRAID of gluten; it makes me that sick. Also, explaining to them that any contact at all will cause an adverse reaction in you because it is an AUTOIMMUNE disorder might help- or not. Or......tell them it's poison? I don't know; I don't get people's reluctance to get this, except that for years bread has been considered the "staff of life" If you have lung cancer most people don't encourage you to light up- what is the deal?!

(sorry, a little venting there.)

good luck!

lisa

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I say no thank you when the bread is passed to me, then while the passer figures out what to do next, I grab my plate and pull it back away from the path. Unless it is grandpa, the passer gets the idea, and passes it around my placesetting.

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Have you had a reaction with the Glutino meals before? Just wondering, I can't eat them. I got glutened at a meal where I didn't eat anything LOL. I was serving and somehow I ingested something wrong, thinking maybe I touched my straw or something. I must seem so paranoid to my friends and family. Hope you feel better soon!

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