If it tastes “off,” that should be a clue it might cause food poisoning.
“Cracker Barrel. I went on my birthday (12/22) with my boyfriend’s family because they wanted to take me for dinner, and I love cornbread. So, I had the chicken and dumplings. I remember thinking, “Hm, these taste a little off.” However, because I’m stupid, I demolished the plate anyway. Then I woke up at about 3 am the next morning with HORRIBLE stomach pains. I can’t even describe these pains. Like gas pains but 1000x times worse. So much pain. I felt amazingly nauseous but have a strong reflex against vomiting, so nothing there. Later that night, my boyfriend and I had tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas show in Philly, and it was awful. I spent a good portion of the show in the bathroom, cried through most of the concert because of the pain, and left early. I finally threw up for the first time outside the Wells Fargo center on the sidewalk while waiting for an Uber. The vomiting/diarrhea was constant for the next 36 hours, until Christmas morning,” shares kerintheam.
“I had taken a bus to my mother’s hometown in NEPA on Christmas Eve, and I had never been so miserable in my 26 years of life. I cried the whole bus ride and sobbed when I saw my mother at the bus station. My mother is a nurse and knew I was seriously ill, and stated that I was going to the ER the next morning if she couldn’t get me to keep fluids in that night. Spoiler alert, she couldn’t. So, after presents on Xmas morning (which was a struggle), I spent the rest of Xmas day in the ER. It was awful. I have never been so sick in my entire life. I THREW UP OVER 25 TIMES (most of which was dry heaving with only a little bit of water/Gatorade coming out). It was literally the most awful three days of my life. It took my system over two weeks to completely recover.”