It’s nearly five in the morning, and I’m awake after feeling some indigestion. It’s subsiding now, but it’s a very potent reminder of what happened to me on Friday.
Last Friday, I was tired and went to bed early, and around 5:30 pm or 6:00 pm. I woke up around 11:30 because of a feeling of indigestion. I took some generic Tums and sat at my desk awhile, waiting for the indigestion to subside, but it didn’t exactly. Instead, I felt nauseous. Shortly before midnight, I was in the bathroom, vomiting heavily. I felt terrible. I tried to go back to bed, but about half an hour later, I began to feel nauseous again. A little after 1:00 am, I was back in the bathroom, vomiting. Sadly, this became a routine over the next several hours. Between 11:30 pm Friday and 7:30 am the following morning, I vomited seven times.
I’ve been sick before; with the flu, food-borne illness, and alcoholic over-indulgence, but I’ve never been as sick as this. In the past, when I’ve been sick, I might vomit two or three times over the course of a few hours. This weekend, was much worse than any of those previous episodes.
Vomiting can lead to dehydration. Knowing this, after the first time or two I vomited, I rinsed out my mouth with water (spitting it all out), then drank some water. I also thought it might help calm my stomach. It didn’t. By the third time, I decided to try some coconut water that I had in the fridge. On the container, it says it’s good for rehydration, so I figured it couldn’t hurt. It didn’t help either, since I vomited again later on. After that, I didn’t drink anything, but still used water to rinse my mouth, trying to console myself that it must be over soon.
Knowing that vomiting can lead to dehydration, and unable to keep any water down by the traditional route, I knew I would need an IV to get rehydrated. After vomiting for the seventh time shortly after 7:00 am, I decided to walk to the Methodist Hospital ER, six blocks away. I was there for a couple of hours and got an IV of saline, and they also gave me a shot of some anti-nausea medication (anti-emetic). They discharged me with a prescription for Zofran, a sub-lingual tablet for nausea treatment.
I picked up the prescription, along with some ginger ale (a good home remedy for nausea), and went back home. I felt better, but still wasn’t great. I felt a bit feverish, and my body ached all over. I went to bed around noon and woke up around 5:00 pm. It felt great to sleep that long without being nauseous. I had a fever of 101ºF, and my body ached, so I still felt miserable, but at least I wasn’t nauseous. Around 6:00 pm, I went to sleep again, and woke again around midnight. Around 1:30 I went back to sleep again, and woke up around 8:30. That morning, for a few hours, I had some diarrhea, but I was still glad it wasn’t nausea.
Throughout Sunday, I gradually started to feel better. My back still ached, but I attributed that to all the vomiting (it felt a bit like I had done too many sit-ups, and the bouts of nausea were definitely an intense workout).
This morning, since waking up, I’ve taken a Zofran pill and drank some coconut water. I’ve had some diarrhea, and haven’t decided if I’ll go into work or not (probably, yes, I think).
I suspect that the reason I got sick was due to something I ate, but I don’t know what. The brands of food shall be nameless, but I’ll be leery of trying them again for awhile. It’s also possible that I had the flu, though I got a flu shot in September. In the past, when I’ve gotten sick from bad food, I don’t remember getting a fever, which makes me think it was the flu. However, according to Wikipedia (caveat emptor), fever can sometimes accompany this illness.
One strange side-effect I noticed after first vomiting was that the skin on my face got all blotchy. I washed my face, but it didn’t go away. My face is still a bit blotchy in places, but not as bad as it was on Saturday. I also have sub-conjunctival hemorrhages in both eyes, but that’s not surprising given the frequency and intensity of the vomiting. Luckily, those cause no pain, and go away on their own.