Well, today is my day off and I am counting my blessings and remember how lucky I am that I own my own Gluten Free and Allergen Free Cafe, Deli and Bakery. I can eat a safe meal anytime at work and bring a safe meal home with me. However, I have plans to meet an elementary school teacher and old classmates out for a happy hour/appetizers in Annapolis tonight. The problem is that I have been stressed out and anxious for a week worrying about how I am going to handle this situation.
The place that was chosen is supposed to be very good at doing gluten free, but I know that I got “glutened” there a few years ago. I don’t have to worry about Milk in this place, so that is not a problem. I want to go where everyone wants to go. What I am stressing over is this: “how will they react if I choose not to eat anything?”
I play the scenarios out in my mind:
1) Order something; stressing again that I have Celiac Disease and hope the restaurant gets it right this time?
Mmmm. Well, if they get it wrong again I will be sick for about 10 days and will miss a lot of work. I have already missed eight days in the past month or so due to kidney stones and kidney infections. Dave has covered for me and worked so many extra hours while I have been sick. It would be selfish of me to take a chance and then force Dave and my staff to have to cover for me. Valentine’s Day is coming up and I can’t be out of work this weekend. As it is, I am on my second round of antibiotics to get rid of this latest kidney infection.
2) Order nothing and have to go into a big explanation of Celiac Disease and have my former classmates and teachers feel sorry for me or just feel uncomfortable eating in front of me.
Mmmm. Well this option is truly the safest option for me. But I don’t want to make everyone uncomfortable or awkward. I just don’t have to deal with this situation much because I am always at my restaurant. I am truly out of practice! My family gets it and my close friends get it. How should I handle this with old friends who don’t necessarily know what my situation is?
-Is my need to make them feel comfortable more important than my health?
-Is my need to feel included more important than my health?
-Is my want of being able to eat “Thai Food”, that I did not have to make myself, worth taking another chance and eating at this restaurant knowing I could miss work on one of our busiest weekends?
What struggles do you all face? Please share your experiences. I will let you know how it goes next week!