One thing happened that worries me about my cockamamie optimism, and that was a letter from a new reader who has a pretty serious issue post-celiac diagnosis. You know, other than that, “Oh hells, I’ve got celiac,” thing. An issue that I’ve never had, but I’m guessing some of you have, if not exactly on this level. This whole, “Don’t we need good people protecting us” level. On a “Oh, hey, this seems like a HUGE mistake” level. Let me just quote this man who has bravely served the U.S. of A.:
“I am a USAF pilot being “forced out” of military service because I was candid in describing the insidious effects of 2 years of unmanaged and grossly mis-managed celiac disease from 2009-2011. Like you, my gut took a turn for the worse after eating some “bad food”– for me it happened while dinning with some of my host nation counterparts during a deployment in 2009. I started modifying my diet the summer of 2010 and was able to master the GF lifestyle the spring of 2014 to a point where I have actually gained weight and was able to tan. Unfortunately, my attempts to educate my military healthcare providers on the importance of being gluten free with celiac disease, to include the measures required, has left me labeled as a “gluten nut”. Despite incident free flying during my declining health and subsequent recovery, my positive performance reports, letters of recommendation from my peers, and both my commander’s and my desire to continue serving our country as an officer and a special operations instructor pilot, my military physicians (general practitioners not specialist) “feel” that I am “done”. This is contrary to the opinion of the civilian specialists (MD types) I have spoken to. Any guidance would be much appreciated…”
Yeah, this is upsetting. And while I pointed this reader in the direction of the great Dr. Fasano, I found myself stumped as to any real world advice he could use right this second. That’s where I’m hoping you all come in. After all, I know some of you have had problems, and some of those problems happen in the workplace. And I’m just guessing that perhaps you’ve used the ADA to help you out, or other methods that perhaps could be useful here.
So let’s hear it, guys. Horrible boss? Horrible HR system? What the heck did you guys do to still get paid, while celiac?