I hate celiac disease. I try so hard to convince people that C can eat whatever he wants with diabetes. Then I have to explain that he can’t actually have that but that it’s not because of diabetes. I think people are lumping them together most of the time and think he’s got one issue. I’m not one to get annoyed at “stupid questions” about either. I love it. Ask me! Ask me anything! I WANT to tell you the reality. And if I ask you something “stupid” about your issue that I’ve never dealt with I expect the same patience. There’s no reason to get upset about someone asking how long he’ll have diabetes or if he can take something to counteract the gluten.
Enter my sister and her family… They refuse to get a clue. Her son came over once and tried to tease C with candy. He was truly surprised to hear that C could eat it. It infuriated me that he’s been taught NO compassion. Here he thought C was never allowed to eat candy so he waved it in front of his face. She has her children’s birthday party’s at our house most of the time because we have more room. When I make their cakes, of course they’re going to be gluten-free. They’re fine. They’re good. Maybe not the best cakes ever, maybe not the moistest, but they’re fine. My sister’s comment, “It’s alright, but I can definitely taste the gluten stuff.” Ummm, no you can’t idiot, it’s gluten-free. sigh…
Today we went to her daughter’s 6th birthday party. There was pizza and cake which he couldn’t have. We brought our own gluten-free cupcake and made do. At the end, she gave me two goodie bags for the boys, marked with their initials. I peeked in C’s and was surprised my sister didn’t put any candy just stickers and stuff, she ALWAYS puts candy. Then I checked E’s… sure enough, candy. I was so pissed that for a year I’ve been trying to educate her and she hasn’t listened to anything. I asked her if she had any extras and she said they were all at home. She didn’t know what he could have, so she left it all out. I get it. I understand not knowing what to do, but really? Give him a blank goodie bag when he’s got a brother with a bunch of candy?!
I split them up so he’d be unaware. It definitely would’ve bugged him, no lunch, no cake, no candy… sheesh! Involve a kid!!