I was glutened on my very first day of vacation.
I’m always ridiculously careful in what I eat, but I refuse to isolate myself to my hotel room, eating only food from grocery stores. Naturally, I get glutened from time to time.
This time was particularly bad. We were waiting in line to see Dr Drew and Adam Carolla’s Loveline Tour. Doors hadn’t opened yet, and my stomach was starting to really feel uncomfortable. Since I’m vacation, I didn’t have access to my entire emergency kit for accidental gluten ingestion. I did have some Pepto Bismol chewables, however, and took a couple. I also had picked up some Gin Gins Ginger Chews.
Nothing was helping. There was still 5 minutes before doors even opened, and I have an unfortunate aversion to public restrooms anyway.
I had a food baby but that was not the worst of it. I was starting to feel like I wouldn’t even be able to wait until the doors opened. Normally, I would never do what I was about to do, but it was an emergency.
I abandoned my boyfriend without even letting him know what was going on and frantically knocked on the door of the theater. Someone opened the door.
I begged him: “I swear I have tickets to this event but I have an emergency and can I PLEASE use the restroom?”
Luckily, he took pity on me, printed my tickets, gave the other one to my boyfriend outside and let me use the restroom before the theater filled.
The rest of the night was similar. I had my boyfriend get me some gingerale to soothe my stomach and eventually it settled a little.
I’ve been taking Pepto off and on for the rest of the trip to avoid emergencies like that because I don’t want to be chained to my hotel room. My stomach has still been in a lot of pain and I’ve still been extremely bloated. I’ve been trying to be even more careful than usual but it’s difficult to avoid eating out.
How do you handle it when you’re glutened on vacation?