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I Was Put Down Hard By Viral Gastroenteritis

Three days ago to the hour I got up, did my morning rounds of emails, reading, catching up…but feeling off in a weird way. I’d just slept but felt tired. That feeling can come and go so I dismissed it and carried on. But it persisted and deepened. There was no other sign, just increasing tiredness and fatigue.

I’d published my last post the day prior and was anxious to finish my next. So even having just gotten up a few hours earlier, I laid down for a nap. It was a long one.

24 hours.

That wasn’t restful sleep though. It was fever, chills, regular rushes to the toilet…everyone knows the drill. But weirdly, there was never a bit of nausea or vomiting. I’ve had food poisoning dozens of times. Blow it out the front, blow it out the back a few times, and it’s usually done for me in under 12 hours. This was intestines writhing like a snake pit.

After that first 24 hours I wasn’t up for more than an hour and I was back in bed again, for hours. Every time I’d try to get up, I’d be right back down again. It was everything I could do to get on the motorbike and head down a mile to replenish water. I never had the slightest hunger at all and haven’t eaten a thing in four days but am beginning to feel it so might have a pork and vegetable soup in light broth this morning down at the Stoned Crab Pub.

So the only thing I can find that matches all the symptoms is viral gastroenteritis and it lasts 3-10 days but most resolve within 5, and I’m right on target. After 48 hours in bed, you’d think I’d had enough sleep but was dead tired at 10pm after a couple of hours on Netflix, and slept to 6.30am, with one single wake up. And with normal dreams, not that elevated temperature shit.

So I guess that’s it. What an absolute beatdown.

…I was able to do quite a bit of thinking between the bouts of going in and out as to how ridiculous almost everything is now, and I mean almost everything. Everything is focussed on the ridiculous and mundane. And none of it helps anyone with some sound advice and tips for ignoring it in search of better things to do.

So prosper anyway. It’s not like there’s going to be much of a choice any longer.

My tips on getting through something like this all on your own, even while living in a foreign country as I have for a total of 10 years of my life.

  1. Don’t freak out. Relax
  2. Keep hydrated (if you can’t for too long, cause for concern)
  3. Don’t fucking eat or drink ANYTHING but water. Don’t take supplements
  4. Be patient, rest, let the best healer do its work

I almost came up against #2 on a vacation trip to Thailand over 30 years ago when on the first night of 30 I ate an undercooked pork sausage off a street cart. That kept me down for a few days but that was almost all vomiting and I couldn’t even hold down water for nearly 2 days, so I was on the verge of seeking med attention when finally I could keep it down.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

6 Comments

  1. Jeanie Campbell on March 14, 2022 at 09:50

    Oh my goodness, Richard! I was wondering why I hadn’t seen you post on Telegram. Crazy. Glad you’re feeling better. Hugs

  2. Aidan McGlashan on March 14, 2022 at 13:26

    Sorry to hear that, and sorry to be a bore, but it could be the omicron variant of covid. I tested positive on lateral flow and PCR, had virtually no respiratory symptoms, just lethargy, no appetite, a couple of bed soaking night sweats, and chills/shakes. After nearly two weeks, thought I was getting better, but at medical checkup oxygen sats were at 78% – “happy hypoxia”. Hypercytokinaemia. The virus is cleared but the immune system is in hyperdrive. Watch out for days 7-10 post symptom onset and find an oxygen sats monitor if you can + follow any covid protocols as you see fit.

    • Richard Nikoley on March 14, 2022 at 13:51

      Fair enough, though I’m not sure how that would explain the days of gut-wrenching intestinal cramps and every 30-minute diarrhea. I have an OX monitor and it’s always at 94-98. The one weird is that my BP was lowish throughout, 115/70.

      Pretty sure I had Covid I in late Jan 2020, having arrived in Thailand from China. No testing at the time but later when the antibody testing was available, I tested positive.

      • Aidan McGlashan on March 14, 2022 at 14:49

        My wife, also positive, had abdo symptoms and headache. Also pretty sure I had covid previously in March 2020, although tested negative on PCR (how??!!), and no antibody test to check. Omicron does seem to be the reinfection variant of choice 😉 Hope you feel better soon.



  3. Ron Padot Jr on March 15, 2022 at 02:21

    Glad you’re feeling the better…The last post had to take a while, and I figured you were just recharging. Quite the opposite. To your health…

  4. MIne Derien on April 6, 2022 at 21:51

    When face with these symptoms – half a dozen capsules of activated charcoal with a big glass of water may help. And when all the shitting and vomiting finally ends a treatment of probiotics. You know the good ones 😉 Cheers.

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