How to meet other gluten-free moms IRL
Lurk in the gluten-free section of your grocery store!! 😀
Just kidding. Sort of.
I wasn’t lurking, but at the grocery store, late last night, I was passing by the g.f. section, and saw the telltale signs of a mom with a package of Bob’s Red Mill g.f. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in one hand, another g.f. product in the other hand, and a pensive look on her face, slowly considering what was on the shelf in front of her, reading labels. My thought: “Bet that’s a new g.f. mom.” And, I was right!
I had a fantastic conversation with the lady, named Kari Beth. We literally shared a couple of tears and a hug over the stories of our sons. Her 3yo son was only diagnosed a month ago, but she’s already read tons of books (“I think I know more than my pediatrician, now!” and she’s probably right!), investigated online resources, found local resources, called companies for g.f. lists, found g.f. restaurants, and more. In short, she’s done what sounds like a great job of making the switch.
Very cool. But, very sad.
I SO SO SO wish that the U.S. had a mandatory screening program for celiac disease. There are tests done for much more rare disorders; it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to test for one more — much more common — disorder. It would so greatly reduce the number of heartwrenching stories and guilt-laden reflections by mothers who realize that their child was so sick, and that she was unintentionally doing things that made it worse. It would so greatly reduce the number of children who go through months or years of terribly ill health, only to find out that the fix — though difficult, at times, in its implementation — is shockingly simple.