so we went to our friends' house for supper. she made this amazing meal, we had talked it all through earlier in the day - the barbeque was cleaned, the pork chops were stuffed with whole, safe ingredients, the baking sheets were covered in parchment paper before the veggies were roasted... all the ducks were in a row. this friend is an amazing cook, and even had the cutest little apron on when we arrived - very june cleaver-esque, she's awesome. we will call her june, for the purpose of the story ;) we were visiting, having a glass of wine, and enjoying our moment of mom-ness while the fellas were talking duck dynasty, and the kids were playing.
the hitch. june made her kids each a pb & j sandwich, about 15 minutes before dinner - she was on top of things and had it ready for them when dinner was ready. because all of our food was in a different spot than the sandwich making, i didn't pay much attention to it and quite frankly, wasn't concerned. the handling of our food was done, it just needed to finish roasting and then we'd eat - so i was unconcerned knowing that our meal was in the clear and not at risk for contamination.
start the scary music now... june grabbed some carrots for the kids, and put them on each of their plates. yes, it happened that easily - long after i had forgotten about her having touched the other kids' sandwiches, i had no qualms with her putting these carrots on dane's plate. but i should have definitely been more on my game, and seen that with my eagle eyes!!! her hands had gluten on them.
dinner was delicious, the company was great, the kids played amazingly together, even during their wrestling session! but at about 2 am the next morning, we realized the night wasn't quite as seamless as we had thought. dane woke up throwing up, and proceeded to do so throughout the morning, until it was all out of his belly. no fever, no body aches, no flu like symptoms, just simply his guts repelling the undoubtably 1 molecule that made its way in there. his belly ache will likely last for the next couple of weeks while his insides are repaired and get back to their healthy selves.
and i have to admit - i know this stuff. i know that all it takes is one tiny, almost undetectable molecule of gluten in order to wreak havoc in our small intestines and throughout our bodies. i know that contamination is just as bad as intentionally eating gluten. but even still, i find myself feeling reminded of all of this, that celiac disease is this serious, contamination is real, and our need to protect ourselves and our wee ones is so huge. so, my friends, please learn from my mistake!!