My monitoring agreement was just activated yesterday. I've read through the handbook and am well aware of what foods to avoid to prevent a false positive. Last night was my first weekly nurse support meeting. My husband called right before it started asking if I wanted him to pick something up and what did I want. I rushed him off the phone and told him just get with the kids and figure it out.
Meeting ends right as he gets home. He's brought a sandwich from a local place. As we're eating I tell him my MA has been activated and he jokes about is my food safe to eat. I pause and examine it and realize the lettuce on the sandwich tastes vinaigrette-y. My daughter texts her friend who works at the restaurant and sure enough they use a vinaigrette on it.
Any experiences with this?
Ah the beginning of the food paranoia!!! Trust me I'm not mocking you but live in constant of eating or drinking something that will cause a false positive. I watch what I eat but I honestly don't know the ingredients of all the food I eat. I would certainly never booze or drug on this as the consequences are stiff. I recommend that you do the best you can and if its even questionable avoid it. For example, I don't eat Dijon Mustard or anything with poppy seeds in it anymore. I use soap instead of the alcohol based hand washer at wok
Welcome to the world of monitoring mind *******. You will spend the next several years being paranoid of everything you eat, drink or dang near touch. There is so much urban legend/misinformation/non information/rumors associated with these things. i think the only logical think to do is read labels and consider common sense. Standard vinegrette, probably okay, red wine vinegrette? Ehhh....not so much. Non-alcoholic beer.? Nuh-uh. Still has alcohol. I would honestly even be careful of things like energy drinks. Be cognizant but don't fall for the really asinine stuff like "even 1/4 tsp vanilla extract in a cake recipe will cause a positive." Yes I actually heard that. Rum cake a problem, yes....that vanilla extract, unless you drank the bottle, highly unlikely.
and Dijon mustard? Never thought about that. That's about all I ever use for sandwiches and marinades, etc. See....something else to add to my paranoia list. 😳
I eat vinaigrette at least 5 times a week. 4 yrs of testing with no problem.
I'm sure Blonde & Cats are correct. It is just a sign of my sick paranoid mind
There was a time many years back when I honestly felt my only options was to subsist off saltines and bottled water. Then common sense set in. I was super careful and stayed away from a bunch of stuff - Published a list on here somewhere which was mostly based on anecdotal experiences of others in the program. One thing I would definitely watch out for was Aerosol cooking spray (PAM) Found out it contains a fairly large amount of ETOH as a dispersal agent and it's not listed on the ingredients. Contrary to popular belief ETOH does not cook off completely in recipes but that teaspoon of vanilla extract in cookies is probably ok.
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