I'm new to this. I was seeking advice. I'm a 21 year old, who's struggled with coeliac’s for about four and a half years now. I've found mine is very sensitive, and it has caused me a lot of issue in the past. Anyway, the reason for me posting is that I work in ASDA just now, where I have done since before I had this. I'm just a shelf filling lackey, mainly to give me money whilst I'm still studying at college etc. Just recently, they've informed me that they are training everyone to be checkout trained so when the queues are extremely busy we have to come of our own departments to help the checkout operators "bust" the ques. It's called being a queue buster.
However, I can't worm my way out of it this time round - after avoiding it for several years. My issue is nothing to do with it being an undesirable job, frankly I'd prefer it to some of my responsibilities (such as waste scanning, dealing with mouldy milk and off fresh meat etc.!), but rather it's to do with my rational insecurities and anxieties I've garnered due to my life with coeliac's. In the past, I've felt like despite religiously (and obsessively at times) following my gluten-free diet I still experience pretty severe symptoms; stomach cramps, sickness, etc. Thus making it very unpredictable and hard to manage. Additionally, I've felt like they have been particularly exuberated by the occurrence of high stress/anxiety.
Now this is a vicious circle, because in this case I'm not only stressed about what I have to deal with when a queue buster call goes out, but I'm also stressed/anxious about the situation I could find myself...particularly should I be forced into this duty when I'm having a very bad "glutened" day. It's something I always worry about, for example when I had to sit all my high school exams etc. I'm so anxious and self-conscious over all of this (not to mention terrified) that I'm already making myself ill with worry over how to deal with this, hence me asking for advice from other ceoliacs - particularly what my rights are and any actions I could take to get out the situation.
So far, I've genuinely really enjoyed my work time there - particularly as (unlike my school years) I had the freedom to deal with my illness when the occasion occurred without having teachers breathing down your neck making you explain yourself and what not. However, now I fear my work like too will be turned into those terrible times (bearing in mind I was in my last two years at school when I got diagnosed, so was difficult adjusting to the gluten free life etc). This morning, I got an emergency DR appointment at my local GP's. Due to it being an urgent appointment it was not my usual lifelong DR, but none the less I explained the situation briefly and he wrote me a letter to hand in to my work briefly explaining the situation (though I feel he could of stressed my individual circumstances more) I'm just uncertain of what to do now, and how to react should they try and force me into this. It's at the stage where I genuinely would rather quit.
Any advice would be great, and I would be forever in debt to you. I've also done some additional research (as I think it's really important to keep up to speed with the fast progressing understanding of this) that helped me discover that stress can in fact induce you to have your symptoms, or to worsen them. Additionally, I discovered things such as new studies showing up to 90% of people will suffer symptoms despite being on a gluten-free diet Ergo, I think this backs up what I've experienced and explains why I may find it so troublesome and so unpredictable and such a bane on my life. Finally, yes - it is just coeliac disease I have. I've been back and forth to the dr's with my occurring issues, as well as going to my 6 monthly check ups at the hospital coeliac clinic and what not. I've also had additional endoscopy's verifying there is nothing else.