I had family over for our younger son's birthday recently. After people were done eating their cake, I was running around with the Clorox Everywhere and paper towels cleaning up any little spec that could represent a crumb. People were looking at me like I was CrAzY! Of course Andrew just sat their happy as punch eating his gluten free cheesecake unaware of my paranoid behavior.
It's such a pain to have to explain how dangerous 1 single little crumb can cause damage to your child's intestines. People find it unbelievable that one crumb can cause damage.
We were once at a restaurant where I told the waitress that I needed Andrew's food to be brought out separate from everyone else's. When the food arrived, it was sitting next to a cheeseburger. I was annoyed and asked her if the cheeseburger touched anything on his plate. She replied, "No". I had to then again go into the whole speech about how wheat crumbs CANNOT come in contact with his food. I'm hoping that I was able to inform her enough so she can be of help to the next celiac customer she might wait on.
I'm scared to let Andrew eat at other places besides ours and safe restaurants. What do you mothers of celiac kids do? Do you let them eat at grandma's house without taking food for them? Andrew has never had symptoms before his diagnosis, so I never know when he could be getting glutened.
AM I BEING PARANOID?