I went to a gluten free vendor fair at a local co-op last weekend to see what new products were available and get some information about a local support group that I’ve thought about joining. I circled around the store, tasted some products and grabbed a few to buy. They had some awesome French bread that was pretty darn close to the real thing, or maybe I just liked it because there was a bunch of garlic butter on it, who knows. Anyway, I was on my way out when I saw the booth for the local support group I was looking for so I wandered over.
I approached the woman that was there to give out information and started asking her a few questions about how she deals with being gluten free. Then she proceeded to scare the living daylights out of me. She said that if you share a kitchen with gluten-eaters, “that will kill ya.” She told me to throw away all the pots and pans and start from scratch because they were all contaminated. She told me to get rid of all my lotions, shampoo, make-up, etc. because it all had gluten in it. I asked about Trident gum because I had read that it was gluten free but she said no.
I seriously felt like the walls were caving in on me and my heart started racing. On the drive home, I started to get really depressed considering that this is going to be the rest of my life. Will I EVER get to go over to a friend’s house for dinner again? Will I ever be able to go to another neighborhood BBQ? If I get married some day, will I ever be able to go to his family’s house for a holiday? If I take into account what this lady told me, I feel like I can’t leave the house or trust anyone! I’m totally freaked out and depressed now.
To top it off, the skin on my hands is dry and cracking now because I’m scared to use lotion! I seriously need some help here, any advice any of you can give would be MUCH appreciated!!!!