Posted on | August 7, 2009 | 5 Comments
I have finally recovered from a really, really bad case of salmonella food poisioning. I can truthfully say, the experience was by far the worst experience of my life.
I had lunch with my wife in what seemed to be a very nice Italian restaraunt. I had a steak with some kind of mushroom cream sauce (it was delicious). I ordered the steak cooked medium, which (to me) says “just a little pink in the middle.” Unfortunately, the sauce masked the fact that the chef had cooked the steak just a notch above rare, by the time I realized this I had already eaten half way through the middle. Within 24 hours of having lunch, I woke up heaving while my intestines demonstrated an ability to tie themselves in knots that would rival a boy scout. I literally visited the bathroom once every fifteen minutes for 48 hours. The abdominal pain was so acute, so severe that I can’t compare it to anything else that I’ve endured.
Finally, on the third day, I was able to keep down some Loperamide long enough for it to take effect. After noticing a slight fever, I went on a 10 day regement of Amoxicillian, I did not want that nasty organism making a home in my blood stream.
All in all, it took about a week for me to fully recover. As a result, I have abandoned my fondness for beef cooked any other way than VERY well done. Sure, I have eaten thousands of steaks in my life and only one has made me sick .. my logical mind tells me that the risks are very low. However, the rest of me would rather swallow marbles than deal with salmonella again, doing so would be less painful.
If I owe you work, rest assured, I’m back on it.