Thursday, December 29, 2005

Projectile Vomiting - What a perfect way to start the day

Hello. As you may have guessed by the title, I am home right now. Do you know why? Oh. You might have figured that out from the title as well.

I am not sure what is wrong but Keem wasn't feeling good all day yesterday at work. We came home and she was almost crying because she was so cold, even when I piled up 3 blankets on top of her. Her entire body was sore and her stomach ached horribly. Not good. I stayed in her room until she fell asleep, just in case she needed something (well, that and she has this computer game I'm addicted to that I don't have on my computer).

Do not read the following if you have a weak stomach.

After she fell asleep, I went into the kitchen to get water and, as I was coming back to my room, I had to suddenly detour into Jeff's bathroom. There is nothing more than I hate in life than throwing up. It is horrible. Fortunately, I had not yet ate supper so it was just a whole bunch of bile (Keem and I have different opinions about this. She would rather throw up food than bile. I think she is insane. We have both agreed, however, that there is no way either of us could be bulimic). Unfortunately, at the same time, the force of the vomiting caused another problem. I'm sure you can figure it out. Eww.

Okay. You can start reading again.

I heard Keem say "Dana? Are you throwing up?" She then went and got me a wash cloth that she ran under hot water and found me a heating pad (since my stomach had started hurting as well) and found me an extra blanket because I was now freezing. As she went to put the heating pad and blanket on my bed, she laughed and said "It's the sick tending the sick."

I decided that I absolutely had to take a shower right then and there because I was unclean and climbed into the shower. One thing about me that you might not know is that I hate hot showers. I prefer to have the water luke warm. Not this time. I cranked up the water as hot as I could stand it and then kept turning it up because I was so cold. I ended up sitting in the tub with the water showering down on me. Steam was rising all around me but I was so cold. Finally I climbed out of the tub and went to bed.

About 2 or 3 AM, I woke up and felt like I was going to throw up again so I went online. Didn't know that was a cure for illness, did you? Actually it helped because I was sitting up and drinking some water and trying to control the nausea. Beth was online so I talked to her for a little while about going to karaoke tonight (because I was sure this was just a bug). I went back to bed and slept until 5:30 AM.

At that time, I had to get up, feeling like I was going to throw up again. Well, sitting at the computer had worked so well last time, I'd try it a second time.

Again, don't read if you are squeamish.

It didn't work. I leapt up and raced to the bathroom. I didn't make it. I got to the bathroom door and then my mouth flew open and streams of bile shot out. Lucky, lucky me. The floor, part of the counter and I were covered. Oh, the joy. Fortunately most of it landed on the towel we use as a bath rug. After cleaning it up (and myself), I went back to bed, crying because I was in so much pain and felt sick and couldn't pull the blankets just right over me because it hurt my stomach to move and I was so damn cold.

Okay, you can read again.

Anyway, that's why I'm home. That's why Keem is home. No clue what caused this other than we both spent the weekend with small children and Josh was getting a cold. Maybe Keem's neice and nephew were sick as well.

Beth, I am not going to be able to go out tonight but I was thinking that tomorrow I could meet you at the Chalet so we can go to Matt's party. I am not missing that.* Old Mexico is close to there and that way you don't have to drive all the way to Saint Paul to get me. I'm sorry about this. But I can't afford to miss work tomorrow (no PTO left. Today is going to be unpaid) so I just want to stay home and hopefully get back to normal.

*Unless, of course, I die. It could happen. I feel like someone is cutting my stomach out from the inside.

Hope you all have a good day and do not get sick. It sucks.