Our fun week with my brother Daniel visiting was punctuated by a small calamity… Wednesday night, we hosted our newlyweds Bible study here. Daniel helped tremendously by cleaning and baking cookies as we were getting ready. As the last couples were leaving at about 10:30, I felt a sudden rush of nausea and hurried to the bedroom to lie down, where I stayed for an hour telling my body not to throw up. Finally, between 11:30 and 12, I knew it was inevitable, and Matthew responded to my cry for help and brought me a bowl. I proceeded to throw up every hour most of the night.
At first I managed to feel happy in spite of the vomiting, because I thought maybe it meant I was pregnant, which would be great. But then Matthew started puking at about 4 am, so clearly that was not the case. So we wondered if it was food poisoning, but Daniel and I had eaten all the same things all day, and he wasn’t sick…until 7:30 or so, when he threw up too.
We called my sister-in-law Amy, and she went to the pharmacy for anti-nausea medicine and Pedialyte for us. Daniel recovered pretty quickly, but felt weak most of the day. Matthew (he took a sick day) and I spent most of the day in bed, drifting in and out of delirious sleep, achy and shivery. The day crept by soooooo slooowly. It was horrible. I don’t remember the last time I was that sick. I think the last time I threw up at all was in middle school or high school.
Amy called late in the afternoon and said she had begun vomiting as well. So there’s no way it was food poisoning. I have no idea where we got this awful bug…I think the only thing the four of us have in common the past few days is the company where Matthew and Amy both work, but no one else there seems to be sick.
We finally ate some soup late last night and slept mostly peacefully. Matthew went to work this morning and Daniel and I are up and around, although I’m still moving pretty slowly. Katherine has been totally fine, for which I am extremely grateful.
I’m sad to have “lost” more than a day of Daniel’s visit, especially yesterday…I had a huge Lord of the Rings-themed feast planned for last night. Some fellow Tolkien fans were going to come over and we were going to watch “The Fellowship of the Ring” and have a wonderful meal of all sorts of LOTR-type foods with fun names I made up…”A Shortcut to Mushroom” Stuffed Mushrooms, “We Saved Some for You, Mr. Frodo” Beef with Nice Crispy Bacon, etc.
The good thing that came out of it was that we got a new dishwasher…ours broke a week ago and our landlord has been taking forever to replace it. I emailed yesterday and said it was an emergency and we needed it right away because we now have piles of dishes to sterilize. The repair dude is installing it right now.