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My First Visit to the ER
I am still not sure what the culprit of this nasty bug was. It was a typical Monday night and I had made one of those frozen bagged meals of stuffed shells with shrimp and brussel sprouts. My family all ate dinner and had a perfectly normal evening. Then at 2 AM my three-year old son Basil woke up crying and minutes later vomited all over his bed. As my husband and I tried to comfort him, both of us reported not feeling quite right either.
I will spare you the disgusting details, but suffice it to say that we had picked up something nasty. Luckily my one-year old didn’t get sick but the rest of us were hurting the whole next day. By 8 PM the next day, after vomiting every 30-45 minutes for the past eight to 10 hours, I finally decided to go to the ER for help. I was so weak and dehydrated and I was afraid that it would keep getting worse.
Five hours, an IV, and medication to stop the vomiting later, I felt good. I got home at 1 AM and crashed. The worst was over but we all took days to recover our full energy.
I often get asked about “stomach” bugs. I was absolutely convinced that this was some sort of food poisoning because it was the classic scenario. None of us had any sign of illness or fever until all of a sudden the vomiting and diarrhea started between six to 12 hours after our meal. However, my nanny’s kids all got sick a few days later so it might have been a bug we picked up and she brought home to them (even though she didn’t get sick).
I will never know if it was in the food or just a bug that got us. But if you do get sick, follow these guidelines:
- Rest/sleep as much as you can
- Let it run it’s course
- Sip water or sports beverages (or Pedialyte)
- Try to take small bites of bland crackers
- If you are unable to hold down water/fluids and are very dehydrated, seek medical attention.
I hope you can avoid all stomach and flu viruses this winter! Remember to wash your hands well and cook all food to proper temperatures.