Monday, February 1, 2010

Okay, Maybe I'm Not Better . . .

I thought that I was completely well again, as the symptoms of my sinus infection have finally departed. I spoke too soon! The severe stomachache and abdominal pain hit shortly after lunch, and the intense nausea and vomiting followed a few hours later. Judging by the timing of symptoms as well as the symptoms themselves, I think I have food poisoning. I had just purchased fruits and vegetables from Walmart today, which I ate in a salad for my lunch. I rinsed the strawberries, but not the spinach. My guess is that there were pesticides on one of them that are the cause of my getting sick. I can't imagine that the avocado I had in my salad would have caused this, since it was at the prime stage of ripeness and was, of course, peeled by me.

Well, nothing to do now but continue to dose with Pepto-Bismol, attempt to stay hydrated, and hope that the pain and nausea subside eventually. I may get that day off tomorrow after all (just not in a pleasant way)!

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Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
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Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

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Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
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~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"