“You Have Died Of Dysentery”

So, I’m still feeling terrible ill. I broke my fever, thank goodness, but at what cost? While my fever was going, the intense stabbing pains in my intestines had actually stopped. Once the fever broke, they started again. And it super sucks and super hurts.

If my Googling and subsequent Wiki’ing has been any sort of accurate, I likely have been infected with Campylobacter. It’s apparently the most common bacteria involved in food poisoning and causes symptoms like headache (I never have those), vomiting (none of that, thank God), and dysentery.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-

Dysentery, for those fans of “Oregon Trail,” was pretty much the most feared cause of death in the game, so I understand. It even killed one of our presidents, I do believe… Zachary Taylor, I think. I’m not positive and feel too ill to do much research into that little factoid right now, though.

What dysentery does, though, is it tends to cause abdominal cramps, pain, diarrhea (often bloody and mucusy), and fever.

…Sounds like me. Yaaaaaaaaay.

The internet tells me this will last 5 to (at most) 10 days, most likely. I’m hoping the initial 5 to 7 days I read is more accurate. Because I don’t have health insurance, but if this lasts more than a week, I’m asking a roomie to throw me at a doc-in-the-box.

Self treatment isn’t too difficult, though. I’ve started drinking Gatorade today (we had some at the apartment left by one of the previous tenants that roomed with one of the current roomies… it’s awful). I’m going to have to buy more tomorrow. I still haven’t eaten much of anything, mostly out of fear of the pain. I ate another bowl of cereal with milk this morning and I really need to stop that. For now, I’m sticking with bananas and grapes. I’ve eaten two bananas today, in addition to the cereal. That makes the food tally: Four bowls of cereal with milk, assorted juices and two bananas. And a few grapes. That’s all I’ve eaten over the past several days.

…I guess I should go get some soup or something.

I also bought some Gas-Ex today, to see if that would help.

Nope.

The benefit of being bedridden is catching up on TV. I finished up with “Doctor Who” (just since 2005, of course) and even started to watch “Game of Thrones” today… but my internet is mean and I really need Netflix to watch that.

I really like the theme song, though.

…anyway… I’m going to go pass out and try to watch more TV stuff or something. And do that getting better thing. Hopefully that’ll happen, too.

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One thought on ““You Have Died Of Dysentery”

  1. Chaeotica says:

    I’m not sure that Gas-ex is going to do much unless your intestinal pain is from gas.
    Also, milk is probably not the best thing to put on an upset stomach, and I’m having a hard time thinking of any cold cereals that won’t make digestive problems worse. Some hot cereals might be okay, but you’ll probably want ones that don’t take much digesting. However, toast tends to be pretty easy.

    Soups = yes, as long as they’re mostly broth or liquid based. Tomato soup is probably a good idea, if you can stand it. Otherwise, the clearer, the better. Maybe something chicken broth-based?

    Some people suggest going on the BRAT diet when digestive problems are going on – which might work for you – but you really need to make sure you get more fluids than usual; I’m sure you’ve seen that dehydration is a common aftereffect of food poisoning.

    Anyway, did you get time off work? I hope so; you don’t need to deal with sitting at a desk while suffering from food poisoning, and I’m pretty sure most workplaces feel better when a sick employee isn’t there.

    Hope you get better soon!

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