From the Sickroom

I told you I was having a phone conference with Gerry from Arctic yesterday. Did not happen. I was up half of the previous night with ‘gastrointestinal complaints’. ‘Dr. Lin’ thought that was food poisoning and we now agree with her. My husband noticed the mayo was four months out of date. Ooops.

I was down for slightly over 24 hours, but at least I can get a page out of it.

First thing: I do not have one (obviously!) but remember my vision rehabilitation therapist suggested a label reader? MaxiAids sells them for $140. You record the expiration date or whatever on the label, attach it and the machine can read it back to you. Better than vomiting and diarrhea.

Being down all that time reminded me of a few, basic, survival strategies. When I was still motoring around (and/or my husband was in the house) I made sure I had things like my phone and a container of some sort of liquid. In my case my husband brought me a bottle of diet Pepsi. Gatoraid might be better but I am an addict. Also a water-proof waste basket to throw up in. I am sure you can think of some other things. I imagine a certain percentage of you live alone.

Having the basics there when you are stricken at 3:00 am is good. Fumbling in the medicine cabinet because you can’t see is one thing. Fumbling because you can’t see and trying not to throw up on things is another!

If you are anything like me, the dehydration is what will ‘get’ you in a situation like this. I realize you probably drink an ounce and throw six ounces back up but unless I get some fluids in me, I get weak and wobbly. I need to keep drinking.

Retching like I was doing always manages to wrench my back. Right now I have a very achy lower back. While I am not a yogini to make recommendations, my go to for an ouchy lower back is lying on the floor with your legs on a chair. Barring getting on the floor, I have also been doing legs up the wall (flipped around and using the headboard), effortless (also called restorative) rest position and happy baby. I try anything that will ‘release’ my back onto the bed or the floor. Like I said, I am not a yogini to recommend anything but they work for me.

So that is the word from the sickroom. Please be careful of spoiled food. Food poisoning is nasty. I did not see or smell anything wrong with the mayo and I sure as the devil wasn’t able to read the expiration date.

Make sure you have a way to monitor expiration dates. Maybe have a date reading party. Invite the neighbors! Get the job done somehow.

And on a brighter note, I have now kept down seven spoons of corn flakes for a whole hour. Yippee!!!! It really is the little things. I guess I now try to go and clean up. Have a good day!

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