I have celiac, and if I ingest gluten, about 2-3 hours later I will suddenly get sick. I'll spare you the details; suffice to say I will be unfit to drive for several hours, and unable to work the rest of the day. By "suddenly", I mean that I would probably not make it home even if I left immediately when I started feeling bad. (My current commute is 40-60 minutes. I've second guessed symptoms before and thought it was a false alarm, ten minutes later... nope.)
I'm worried that one day I'll go out to lunch with my coworkers and my order will get screwed up somehow. I try to be careful, but this has happened multiple times (most recently with a restaurant that claims to specialize in gluten-free cooking!).
To address the obvious:
- I don't have local friends or family who could come pick me up
- I don't want to be sent to a hospital, as there's no point (the one time I went, they just gave me some fluids and a large bill)
- For the purposes of this question, assume none of my coworkers will offer to drive me home. (It's entirely possible someone would, but I haven't asked anyone in advance - would that be a good idea or too imposing?)
- I am not willing to never eat out. As bad as this sounds, it's only happened ~5 times in the last 4 years, so I feel it's worth the risk rather than missing out on team bonding.
How can I best prepare for and handle the rare occurrence of dealing with the repercussions of consuming gluten at work?