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Food Poisoning?

It appears that I got food poisoning yesterday. I feel better now than I did yesterday but I still feel very ill. So, I’m not sure when I’ll be up to blogging again but I haven’t forgotten that some of you are waiting to hear more about Chronic Travel.

I’ll post again when I am able. It’s been a rough 24 hours. Yesterday was brutal to say the least. So I need to rest and give my body a chance to recover. Maybe I’ll be able to attempt food today. We’ll see. I am focusing on keeping water down for now.

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1 YayaNo Gravatar { 09.06.09 at 1:54 pm }

I really hope you feel better soon.

I had food poisoning once over scallops and that 24 hours was AWFUL. I still shudder years later at the sight of scallops.
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2 EndochickNo Gravatar { 09.06.09 at 2:24 pm }

Ooh that’s terrible, Jeanne. What did you eat?
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3 p1nkg0dessNo Gravatar { 09.06.09 at 7:35 pm }

Food poisoning is absolutely awful! I hope that you feel better soon!
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4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.06.09 at 8:10 pm }


Woo hoo! I have kept Jell-O down for a couple of hours now. (The only thing I’ve eaten so far is Jell-O). So far so good. I’ve been sleeping a lot.

I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with scallops. 🙁



I made the extraordinarily daring move of eating soup. Yes, soup. I know. Why did I tempt fate? Seriously, it was at a nice, clean restaurant (chain) that I love and won’t name… I think these things just happen sometimes. So I don’t want to bad-mouth them. (I fell on their wet floor yesterday too thanks to some moron spilling something and not bothering to tell anyone. Major wipe-out! The minute I told the restaurant about the wet floor on the way out (right after I fell), the person dropped what he was doing to address it. They aren’t psychic… Customers need to tell them when they have left major spills hidden on carpeted areas)! I literally flew through the air! Yes, I was airborne. My husband was helping me up from behind while this nice customer approached me from the front and was asking me if I hit my head (which I didn’t). This was a major fall. My knee is bruised and swollen as I seem to have landed most of my weight on my right knee. I never even saw the spill on the floor because it was hidden in the carpet. It was right where my feet had just crossed from carpet to floor that I slipped and flew into the air. Let’s just say I did not fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

I have no doubt the illness was from what I ate there, though. My husband was the first one to suggest it was food poisoning. My initial reaction was dismissive because I have so many other illnesses that can cause the symptoms that were emerging. However, I now absolutely believe he was correct in his suspicion. The symptoms, the timing of the symptoms, and the ferocity of them make it pretty clear to me that is was food poisoning. I feel weak and tired but in light of what I went through yesterday… that doesn’t surprise me a bit. Hubby is going to make me some broth for dinner soon. Wish me luck.



Yeah, it was awful alright! I decided to spare readers the grim details but let’s just say that yesterday things got pretty ugly. As lousy as I feel today, I am very grateful for the improvement since yesterday. Thanks for the supportive thoughts.



5 JoNo Gravatar { 09.07.09 at 4:39 am }

Oh dear, it’s what, in my family, we call a ‘bucket job’. Take it easy. Hope you feel better soon.
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6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.07.09 at 9:23 am }


Thank you. I’m not 100% out of the woods yet (I discovered last night after daring to eat carefully-picked solid food) but I am doing much better than I was Saturday. I’m taking it easy. I’ve been sleeping a lot. My body seems to want sleep. If it makes simple requests like “sleep” to me, I’m listening. I have learned the importance of listening to my body’s signals.


7 JennNo Gravatar { 09.07.09 at 11:22 am }

Oh no, I hope you feel better soon! I came down with food poisoning a few years back after eating at a buffet restaurant, and it was absolute agony. Take good care of yourself and I hope you are on the mend soon!
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..When Xanax isn’t enough =-.

8 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.07.09 at 11:30 am }


Yeah, Saturday was NOT fun at all but I’m doing much better. Jell-O is my new friend. Thank you!


9 JasmineNo Gravatar { 09.07.09 at 10:36 pm }

Aww, hope you’re fully recovered soon!
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10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.08.09 at 12:23 am }


It was really brutal Saturday but I am doing far better. Thanks!


11 Teresa @ ? Too Many Heartbeats ?No Gravatar { 09.08.09 at 5:24 pm }

Hey Jeanne,

I’m so sorry you are sick. Did you go to the hospital or anything? Although it does not sound like a lot of fun, I would encourage you to try to get some stool samples sent to the lab to see exactly what you do have. I had Salmonella in 2002 and I am so very glad I actually found out exactly what it was. That diagnosis helped me a lot in the future when I came down with some other very serious problems that would have been very hard to diagnose if I had not had the labs pointing to Salmonella as the culprit. I’m trying to get all of this written in a series I’m going to do about my life with Dysautonomia. It is just taking me a very long time. But I will tell you now that after I had Salmonella, I developed a condition known as Reiter’s Syndrome, sometimes known as ‘Reactive Arthritis’. It is a syndrome made up of three seemingly unlinked symptoms—an inflammatory arthritis of the large joints, inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis, uveitis/iritis), and urethritis (inflammation of the urethra). I had all of these symptoms except the urinary tract type symptoms. The syndrome is set off by a preceding bacterial infection, either from an enteric bacteria (gastrointestinal infection or foodborne illness) or more commonly from a genital infection (STD). Mine, of course, was an enteric bacteria, the Salmonella. I have struggled a very long time with this and it has cost me a lot of money in medical bills, lost time at work (when I was still working), etc. I *know* where it came from but by the time we figured it out, I had already thrown the food away. If by chance you have any of the food left and you did not prepare it, KEEP IT! It could be very important later on down the line!

I really hope you get to feeling better soon. I have two awards for you on my blog when you do get to feeling better and come and get them. In the meantime, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Teresa <
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12 Teresa @ ? Too Many Heartbeats ?No Gravatar { 09.08.09 at 5:26 pm }

Oh, I did not read the comments first. I’m sorry about that. Maybe you better make a claim on that fall! ;0)

Take care! I hope you feel better soon!

Teresa <
.-= Teresa @ ? Too Many Heartbeats ?´s last blog ..I Would Like To Thank The Academy…. =-.

13 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 09.09.09 at 10:30 am }

Jeez Girl, that’s awful.

Jim and I both had food poisoning when Kelly was about 6 months old — thought I was dying.

Take good care and rest up.

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14 Chronic Travel Encore — { 09.10.09 at 1:18 pm }

[…] apologize for the delay in writing this next installment about traveling when chronically ill. My food poisoning last Saturday threw me for a loop and I am now trying to catch […]

15 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.10.09 at 10:30 pm }


I am feeling much better! I didn’t go to the hospital. I definitely had food poisoning based on the symptoms, severity, and timing. It was soon obvious that the food was the cause of my symptoms. My husband floated this idea out first. I dismissed it initially but it didn’t take long for me to heartily agree with him. (I have so many GI symptoms as a general rule – for decades now – that I am slower to tie such symptoms to food poisoning… but I quickly realized this was different than my many GI issues).

Anyway, I hear what you’re saying and I know that confirming bacteria type is really important with foodborne illness, etc. In this particular case, it hit me hard and fast but it thankfully didn’t last long (relatively speaking). The vast majority of my symptoms were pretty much gone within 24 hours. I was a little “off” for a couple of days but that first day was really the killer. By the next day I was feeling markedly improved.

As far as the series you are writing, take your time. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to write and publish it in a certain time frame. I know I sometimes put pressure like that on myself too… but I try not to. Like I gave myself permission to take longer than usual to do certain things this week like comments moderation… because I’m only one person and if I push myself too hard I just get sicker, you know?

Anyway, I’m sorry you went through all that!! It sounds like you really had a very difficult time! I’m sorry it has cost you so much time, energy, money, etc. That sounds awful!

As far as the food in my case, I had eaten the whole bowl of soup right there in the restaurant (no leftovers came with me) and I didn’t start feeling sick until about an hour after leaving the restaurant. So, I didn’t have any of the soup that I would have been able to have analyzed or anything. I have read about food borne illness and I know that keeping these pieces of evidence, when at all possible, is extremely important for tracking things down. I just didn’t have any way of doing that.

Anyway, I am “back to baseline”. I say that because “back to normal” wouldn’t ever be the right wording in my case. 🙂 (My husband teases me about things like not ever being “normal”. I then say, “yeah, I married you”. We have a weird kind of gallows sense of humor that gets us through this chronic illness maze. Seriously, though, my food poisoning symptoms are long gone. Thank you for your concern!

As far as the awards are concerned, I noticed on your blog post at the end you had commented that you’re “not sure I will do this again in the future” in regard to blog awards? So, I am hoping that you will understand and not be hurt in any way that I discontinued giving and receiving blog awards quite awhile back. I hope that you understand how much I appreciate you thinking of me and I do not want to in any way appear ungrateful.

I decided several months back that I wasn’t going to do blog awards (coming or going) and haven’t done any since. So, this is just a blanket decision I made awhile back. One of the reasons for this was, as you alluded to, handling all of those awards takes a great deal of time and energy. I simply couldn’t keep up with them. Since you were toying with the idea of stopping them yourself, I must tell you that I have found it liberating to not handle them anymore. So, if you should decide to decline awards in the future, don’t feel badly/guilty. I’m sure your readers will understand (as I hope you do in this situation). 🙂 Thank you again for thinking of me. I really do appreciate it very much!

I know you have a lot going on with your daughter’s recent dysautonomia diagnosis and such. So I just want you to know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers at this challenging time. Thank you for your kindness!

Take care,


16 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.10.09 at 10:50 pm }


I’m OK. My knee is bruised and scabbed over but it’s alright. I am just really grateful I landed the way I did because it could have been MUCH worse.

For example, I could have landed on my other leg. This would be REALLY bad because my other leg is what I call my “botched surgery leg”. (Long story… too involved for now). So I am very thankful most of my weight hit my right knee. Granted, my knees are not good (another long story) but I’d rather have my knee catch the fall than some of the alternatives that could have been.

It was one of those freak things where some inconsiderate/ignorant customer had spilled a massive amount of liquid and hadn’t bothered to inform anyone so that it could be cleaned up or at least marked off with cones. The spill was on a dark, carpeted area (i.e. totally hidden) that was directly adjacent to the regular floor. So when I walked (unknowingly) through the puddle, my shoe soles got as wet as possible. Then when I took my next two steps on the regular floor… not one but both feet slipped.

I went airborne big-time. It was quite a spectacle. My empty soul bowl and spoon went flying, as did the tray I was carrying them on en route to the garbage can. Once we knew I was OK, my daughter joked that the “dish ran away with the spoon”. I thought that was clever and she made me laugh!

Anyway, I really wiped out. My husband was helping me up while a man (customer) scurried over to ask if I was OK and he even asked if I hit my head. That is how bad of a wipe-out this was. A stranger came running to help!

I am just fortunate that my fibromyalgia didn’t go totally nuts after this. I was sore afterwards to be sure. However, it was not as bad as I feared might happen. So, all in all… I was lucky.

Things happen and it’s certainly not the restaurant’s fault that some idiot left that mess. All I know is on our way out (right after the fall) I told an employee there about it and he instantly dropped what he was doing to address it.

This is a well-respected, clean, customer service focused restaurant. They don’t mess around. No doubt in my mind this fall could have been prevented if the spiller has simply told someone!! Sigh.

I used to work at a store where customers would spill & run. Why??? They would rather risk someone falling and getting hurt than simply telling an employee there is a spill? Ugh! Anyway, my knee is healing OK.

Take care! I’m doing OK!


17 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.10.09 at 11:01 pm }

Grannie…. I mean Jannie!

Sorry you & Jim went through that. Food poisoning is just brutal!

I am feeling like a new woman. Seriously, I can’t believe how fast it passed by (didn’t feel fast at the time, of course). It was so, so, so awful that I never dreamed it would pass by as quickly as it did. I feel very grateful… With my compromised immune system, food poisoning could have had much more long-lasting effects than what happened. So I am fortunate.


18 Teresa @ Too Many HeartbeatsNo Gravatar { 09.11.09 at 5:16 pm }

I’m really, really glad you are feeling better and that your fall didn’t make things too much worse. When I had food poison it lasted for DAYS and then I was in the hospital for a while. That doesn’t count any of the mess with the Reiter’s I’ve had to deal with. I have actually seen them feature it on Mystery Diagnosis not too long ago.

I also wanted to let you know that I certainly understand about the awards and I totally respect your decision to bow out of them. I think I will most likely be doing the same. That post took me so long and I felt so exasperated afterward that I just did not want anything else to with them. Ever! I feel so thankful and blessed that people think enough of my blog to honor me in such a way but I just can’t continue to do those posts. My biggest problem is that I’m a perfectionist and I make things a lot harder than they really have to be! I barely get my regular blog posts done.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I love your blog, I think you are a great writer and I wanted to honor your work. Just feel the love and that’s all! ;0)

I hope you have a great weekend.


Teresa <
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19 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.12.09 at 9:38 am }


Yes, I am grateful. I know it could have been worse. I was brutally sick but at least it was brief.

Thank you for understanding about the awards. I used to do lots of those and was exhausted by it like you described. I appreciate you thinking of me. I am familiar with the perfectionist problem. 🙂 I have been having a harder and harder time keeping up with things myself recently.

I love your blog too and enjoy reading your writing. Thank you!

I hope you have a great weekend too.


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