Trust Your Body4 min read

For Black Friday, I got myself a Nintendo Switch and some food poisoning.

Warning: the Graphic Symptoms

I absolutely hate feeling sick.  No one really likes feeling sick, but my body generally refuses to throw up.  I had about a three year “no vomit” streak going, and I lost that streak yesterday morning.  The last time being three Thanksgivings ago, where everyone in my family got food poisoning from the feast.

This year, however, it was just me and my sister.  I woke up at about 5am, per usual, but I could tell something was off.  I kept trying to brush off the feeling.  Eventually, I made my way to the bathroom.  My sister was laying by the toilet, and I immediately thought to myself, “Oh no.  Not again.” and ran to the other restroom.

After a short bout of vomiting, I got up and went back to bed.  This happened a couple more times throughout the morning — waking up, running to the bathroom to puke, and then going back to sleep.  Before I knew it, it was 5pm.

Luckily (?), I haven’t had any diarrhea, which is extremely common with food poisoning, but that could be due to my IBS-C.  Aside from vomiting and nausea, I also experienced some extreme hot/cold flashes.  I had some general sleepiness, but I believe that was simply from overworking my body to get the poison out.  Walking to and from the bathroom, I could tell I had dizziness and weakness, but that could also just be from the lack of food/water since Thanksgiving dinner.  I’m still experiencing stomach cramping now (more than 24 hours later), but I hope that subsides soon.

Breaking (an unintended) Fast

The Food Poisoning Cure: Cabbage Potato Soup.

Since I was not feeling well all day, all I was able to stomach was a bottle of gatorade.  Near 5pm, my dad made me a nice bowl of cabbage potato soup, and I had a handful of Ritz crackers.

I can’t tell if it helped or not, since now it’s the next day at 1:55pm, and my stomach is still aching pretty badly.  This makes me think perhaps it isn’t food poisoning, but some kind of stomach bug.  My sister is feeling fine now; she went out last night with friends and is heading out again now.  I’m doubled over in pain, I have knots in my stomach and my throat is throbbing.

In the Name of Thanksgiving

I’m beyond grateful for my parents.  Both my mom and dad helped a lot while I was/am feeling sick.  My mom cleaned up a lot after me, and my dad made some soup.  It makes me feel almost nostalgic.

There’s nothing I wish for more right now than to just feel healthy again.  I’m grateful for my overall health, and I touched on that a little in my previous post.  Food poisoning is no fun.

Listen to the Cues

I’m actually surprised at how well my body was able to warn me before I had to puke.  I’m also surprised that I was able to listen to my body and make my way to the bathroom, even though I was sure nothing was going to happen.

From this situation alone, I’ve learned it’s important to trust your body.  Really listen, and I don’t mean just when you are sick.  Listen when your body tells you to drink water, or eat healthy, or go for a walk.  It sounds kind of stupid writing it out, but it’s definitely something I think I need to work on.

Post-Food-Poisoning Plan for Wellness

All I can really think to do right now to get better is to drink more water and gatorade.  I was able to eat a decent breakfast (my mom made dan bing!), but I feel like it was a bit too heavy for my stomach to handle.  Maybe I’ll take a nice relaxing shower and a nap before playing some more Celeste.

Some quick Google research assures me that I should be feeling better within the next few days.  I really hope so.  I’m definitely feeling better today than I was yesterday, and there has been no sign of nausea (though the knots in my stomach feel like they may disappear if I had one more flush).

If, unfortunately, you also contracted food poisoning this Thanksgiving, please remember to wash your hands and get plenty of rest.

What do you usually do when you’re sick, besides rest and drink fluids?


love,
maryn

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