An extraordinary plotline for a UK hospital soap today, announced in The Sun:
Hayley Tamaddon is … stripper Alison who goes to hospital as she is stuck in her skin-tight PVC nurse’s uniform.
An ITV1 spokeswoman said: “Alison’s stomach has swollen mid-act so she’s stuck in her costume! Then she is diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and needs a bowel biopsy.
“But Alison doesn’t want her expensive outfit cut off until her husband – who doesn’t know she’s a stripper – arrives on the scene! But he’s got a secret too!”
Nice to have exposure for coeliac disease, but this seems a most unlikely route to diagnosis to me. For most people it takes months – usually years – to get a diagnosis. I’ve never heard of anyone diagnosed in A&E before. Yes, I do know this is made-up, but it would be nice if it was a bit more realistic. More likely, the stripper would be wasting away gradually – so, skinny arms and legs, bloated belly, bad skin and look terribly tired – and keep having to leave the stage in a hurry to get to the bathroom …
Anybody out there who had to have their clothes cut off for an emergency diagnosis of coeliac disease? (And a ‘bowel biopsy’?)
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…