So, my sister was recently diagnosed with a GI condition that involves bleeding ulcers*, and until said ulcers heal, she has to eat a severely restricted diet of super-bland food.

This past weekend, she was at a sports-watching party of some kind (football, maybe? It wasn't related to the playoffs, because she doesn't watch baseball) and went into the kitchen to make her plain oatmeal that she'd brought with her. One of the other guests at the party saw her and she asked my sister what she was eating.

My sister: Oatmeal. I have this stomach condition with ulcers and stuff, and this is practically the only thing I can eat right now, until they heal.
Other guest: Oh my god, you're so lucky! You're going to lose so much weight!
My sister: *dead silence as she tries to think of a response that doesn't involve profanity*

(My suggestion for next time this happens is that she respond with, "Thanks, but I'd rather be fat and able to eat whatever I want without vomiting blood.")



*Luckily, she's in the military and therefore has access to reliable and affordable health care.
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From: [personal profile] niqaeli


My response to that would probably be: Really? You think that's lucky? Wow. Meanwhile, over in the land of sanity, I'm pissed because I can't eat anything interesting at all, and I'm going to be months gaining the weight and muscle back when I can finally eat other things.

And then sit back and watch their tiny mind explode at the idea that you might be pissed to lose weight and will be looking to gain it back.

(dunno your sister's position in the military or how she's optimised her body, but it really could be a concern. i know a lot of athletes who, yeah, would be frustrated as hell, because you can't maintain the muscle they optimise for on a limited diet.)
Edited Date: 2013-09-10 08:35 pm (UTC)
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When are my internet death lasers going to arrive? When?
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Two points to your sister for avoiding profanity. As for "other guest", one can only hope that she is stupid from inexperience instead of stupid by nature.
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There's always asking Miss Manners how to deal with gobsmackingly rude people -- I couldn't help being reminded of a recent column dealing with a unfortunately similar question. Scroll down to the second question:

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-08-23/lifestyle/41446930_1_gentleman-date-web-site

Hope your sister feels better sooner rather than later!
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