A week ago, I went to visit my niece on a lazy afternoon. Before I went, I noticed my stomach felt bloated and it actually hurt to even touch my stomach. Thinking it was something I ate, I almost didn't go on the visit. But, she is pregnant and I wanted to see her. About an hour after arriving, I started feeling nauseated. I mean, I just did not feel good at all. Asking her to forgive me, but I believed it would be best if I went home. I went to my car and before I opened the door, I threw up on the sidewalk. I knew I was in trouble now. I went back to ask for a plastic bag in case I needed to throw up. Turns out, I made it home ok. But, my troubles were just starting.
After being home for about 15 minutes, I threw up again...and again...and again. I couldn't stop throwing up (actually threw up eleven times). I was extremely nauseated. Also, I was now experiencing diarrhea. I barely made it to the bathroom for "both ends." I can't properly express the feeling of sitting on a toilet and having to throw up all at the same time. You feel like you are going to die. As the night continued, I kept throwing up. My diarrhea continued also. Finally, around midnight, I asked my nephew to take me to the hospital. I could take it no longer. I had an IV, took some Zofran (twice) and some other medicine for my diarrhea. It was a very long six hours. As it turns out, I had a stomach virus that has been going through the state of Alabama and surrounding states. It traveled very quickly around the state. In fact, the entire University of Alabama basketball team got this stomach virus. They played like it also.
This was the first stomach virus I have had in many years. In fact, I don't recall getting one in my adult life. Maybe I have gotten one. I just don't remember it. This one left me weak and with little appetite for three days. But, while I was recuperating, I talked to some old friends. One told me of a home remedy to stop nausea and vomiting. He said his grandma said a teaspoon of onion juice and grated ginger mixed together will stop nausea and vomiting. That mixture sounds almost as bad as the symptoms of the virus. She also said that a can of warm Pepsi with 5-7 drops of lemon juice will kill the stomach virus. I have a hard time drinking cold Pepsi, much less warm Pepsi. But, I suppose I will remember these two home remedies for a stomach virus. When you get as sick as I was, you will try anything after a while.
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