Last night, I was invited by a friend to see Flashdance on Broadway. I was really excited- so excited that I even suggested we get dinner beforehand. It was drizzling (big step up from snow!) and I was thrilled to wear my bright green SPRING rain jacket. For a minute, I almost forgot why I stopped being so social.
Big mistake. As someone with a ton of food intolerances, I don't make a habit of going out to eat- nevermind going out to eat, and then sitting for 2 1/2 hours in a crowded theater where the bathroom line is never a second shorter than 10 minutes long. But it's been a while.
Of course, I chose a trusted little restaurant, where I used to eat, gluten-free. Luck would have it, last night I was glutened. It's been a while- I forgot the sharp pains that dance across your abdomen, letting you know that you've made a terrible mistake. This is what you get, they laugh, for thinking you can be normal.
I really enjoyed the first half of the show, as the discomfort was only beginning. By the second half, I was simply begging for the show to end and get home. I stayed through, because the pain is the same no matter where I am. It's odd, you know- I have numerous food intolerances (gluten, dairy, soy, tomatoes, lentils, etc) and I can immediately identify which little sneaky particle made its way onto my food. But by that point, it's already too late.
So, my fellow food intolerance sufferers- how do you deal with a "night on the town?" Do you skip on dinner, or wait until after a big event to eat? I try to avoid eating out whenever possible, but for those nights where "you just have to live", what is your solution?