Wow, That was a Night

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Last night I was pretty ill.  Like violently ill, for the whole night.  Man, that was an experience.  I have no idea what the deal was.  Trudi made stir fry at 7, then around 9 my stomach started feeling weird.  By 11 pm, I was in incredible pain.

I don’t see how it could have been food poisoning.  5 other people ate and they all feel great. There was no meat in the stir fry.   It was on top of wild rice.  Whatever.

I have never been that sick in my life.  I was deliriously sick.  It would come in waves, maybe 30 minutes apart.  I’d think it was over, but it just kept coming and coming.  I probably threw up 50 times.  The last 10 or so, nothing was coming up and that is when I felt I was doing real damage.

Plus, about 3 or 4 am, I started cramping.  Like all over.  My right foot was cramped up for maybe 2 hours, but that was the least of my issues.  I was getting hamstring cramps, thigh cramps, which I’ve never had, my neck, back, you name it, it cramped.  Trying to hobble to the bathroom all cramped up would have been a sight to see.

Initially I was worried about my broken ribs, but that turned out to be a non-issue.  Sure it felt like someone was stabbing me in the side every time I puked, but the abdominal pain was 100 fold that of the rib pain.

I thought seriously about going to the hospital around 5 am.  It didn’t seem right that I could be that violently ill for so long.  But the hospital is in Hayward, about 30 minutes away, and by the time I’d made a decision to go, the pain had already subsided some, giving me hope it was done.

So, around 7 or 8 am, it just left as it came.  Now I just feel like I got run over by a train.  Pretty much just like the flu, which is a 99% improvement from the night episode.  My legs are twitching like I just rode a 6 hour hot road race.  It is all so strange.  Plus, my stomach is making noises that would perfect for a soundtrack from Jurassic Park.

Sorry to even post this, but you know how it is, I seem to write whatever is on my mind.  And I can’t think of anything else, just now, than replaying the night over and over.   I wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy.  When it rains, it pours.

My position for the day.  

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19 thoughts on “Wow, That was a Night

  1. mark

    Sounds like Norovirus, e-coli, or similar gastro bug that hit you out of nowhere and are gone(thankfully/hopefully) just as fast. One put me in the ER and one hit me so fast I didn’t even have time to get to the ER.

  2. Jeff Butterfield

    Sure sounds like norovirus; something I too endured a few years back. It kicked in just before I got on a flight back home. I barely made it from a bathroom in the terminal to my seat. Then puked on the flight. God, that was hell. I’m shivering with the reminder.

    Here’s to a nice nap this afternoon.

  3. G

    Sounds like Noro. What did you eat about 24-36hr prior? It is rarely the previous meal. Long incubation period. You lucky you wernt going from the other end too. Faecal-oral route, so some virus got in your gob. Usually from someone prepping food unhygienically, and sometimes shellfish. Not everyone who eats the same infected meal will get symptoms.

  4. Tripod Ron

    “Hey hun? Mind coming in here for a second? Snap a photo of me laying here sick. I want to post it on my blog” Ha. Just jokes. Glad you’re feeling better.

  5. TreyH

    Norovirus. One and only time I had it I solved an age-old question in biophysics…is it possible to simultaneously eject explosive diarrhea and projectile vomit? I actually giggled while it was happening, either from the absurdity of it all, or the Norovirus-induced stupor. Drink and sleep and you’ll feel like a new man in a couple of days.

  6. The Answer

    Sorry for your suffering Steve. Form R.I.P. as well from this I’m afraid. I’ve seen some studies where an episode like this changes the chemistry withing our muscles that can take about a month to normalize again. So not good news for a hammer like you but if anyone can bounce back by the weekend I’m sure it will be you.

    Feel better man.

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  7. Dog

    Need to be getting the fluids and electrolytes on board asap. Vomiting loses electrolytes pretty quick. Didn’t mention fever chills in there. Sounds like you will be down and out in cold town for a few days.

  8. Dann E.

    What I have used as a reliable go to during any stomach related issues is activated charcoal. Once it is determined what is happening I take 2 capsules. Usually within 20 minutes you will expel once more and the explosiveness from either end will stop. The charcoal is believed to absorb virus. It truly works.

  9. Joe

    Driving the porcelain bus is the worst ride in the world. Sometimes there is no explanation, you just ride it out.

  10. Ken

    That’s food poisoning. Probably Staph aureus. More than 90% of “stomach flu” is actually food poisoning. It doesn’t matter if no one else got it at the table. The toxin can be limited in the food, or it turns out you really did eat something that nobody else ate (maybe even an hour or two earlier).

    1. Nick

      I agree with Ken. I have had the Norovirus twice, and had it verified with the State Health Department. I have also had salmonella. The norovirus lasts several days (for me), and is a little milder than salmonella. With salmonella, I was violently, intensely sick with diarrhea for 24 hours (no sleeping), and then it was gone. Your symptoms sound like the effect of a toxin produced by bacteria. The bacteria could have been ingested 24 hours before your symptoms erupted.

  11. terry

    I think that I had norovirus a couple weeks ago. My taste was off before the dam burst. That is one of the symptoms. Mine doesn’t sound as violent as your sickness was though.
    I can tell when something is food poisoning or a virus, as every time I get a virus, I get a day-long itch-less rash around my underarms, and all the other glands.

  12. Ben Arians

    Bummer about the bug, hope you get better soon. Last year I endured something similar to this, and went to a local clinic to get 2 liters of IV fluids in me. That helped my recovery a lot, as it was difficult to drink enough with my roiling guts. Get well soon, hopefully you’ll be able to get out and enjoy the skiing soon.

  13. Randy

    You are a beast. Bacteria cleansing at it’s best. tank up on fluids and probiotics, be well and blog on!


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