Aww. The Holidays. The smells. The decorations, family, and food. Lots of food to cook, to eat and perhaps to make you sick. Last year’s bout of food poisoning made me feel like a character from Family Guy throwing up with no end. So enjoy your holidays and holiday feast, but just in case you find yourself struck with food woes, here are some things I learned about how to care for yourself when you are struck. I am only sharing from my experience with the illness and trips to the ER for food poisoning:
- Fluids down immediately. Start slowly and try ice chips then small sips of water. Once your body can keep it down, drink water or some have recommended Gatorade. IF you are unable to keep liquids down, go to the hospital, especially if your immune system is compromised. Avoid dairy and caffeinated beverages until you are completely better. (This one is hard and was hard because my only caffeine is coffee and that was difficult for everyone.)
- Medications: Some over the counter medicines that are also recommended are Imodium A-D or Pepto-Bismol. They are used only if you don’t have a fever and no blood in the stool. BUT Some also say to avoid these. (I took half doses of Pepto to ease my symptoms.)
- Sometimes, antibiotics will be necessary. There is bacterial food poisoning especially caused by listeria needs intravenous antibiotics and there are oral meds for after the hospital visit.
- Diet: Ease back into eating. The diet is bland, low-fat food and easy to digest, crackers, toast, gelatin, rice. Stop eating if nausea returns. (I also started drinking a non-dairy probiotic to help replace good bacteria.)
- Last but not least. Rest. Plenty of rest. I know it is a busy time of year and you’ll think “I’ve rounded a corner” and jump in. Of course, some people can recover more quickly than others. Listen to your body and give yourself the treat of a full recovery.