The stomach virus weight-loss nightmare

Hello? Is anyone still there? {echo} Yes, it’s me. Its been a bit quiet around The Magic FarmHouse cyber-world. I’ve been busy with this less than desirable weight-loss program. I’m going to start from the beginning…

About two and a half weeks ago {in my world it feels like two and a half months ago} Pickle and my hubby set out to The Schweigert SkyLodge and Illinois’ first 2011-2012 fire-arm season. The trip proved to be eventful. Very eventful. Just as they arrived, Pickle began throwing up and did so uncontrollably for a few days. On day two, they got lost looking for a laundromat where they could wash all of the bedding, clothing, etc… which fell victim to the yuckiness. By the time they arrived back at the SkyLodge it was decided that heading home and seeing the doctor would be best. The truck had different ideas. It took a poop in the middle of nowhere. They sat stranded for a couple of hours until my brother-in-law came to their rescue. Fortunately, it was a drive train problem and they could turn the truck on every so often to keep warm. They arrived home very late that night. My hubby & brother-in-law got some sleep and headed back down to hunt. Pickle grew some roots to the couch where he continued to get sick over and over and over and well, you get the idea.

After harvesting two deer, the hunters returned on Sunday. On the way home, my hubby started to feel a bit green. By that evening he was throwing up. Eventually it hit Willis and then Pudder. By then we were over a week passed the original on-set and I suspected I was in the clear. Due to my immune system being excessively over-reactive, I rarely get these types of viruses. My GI tract normally eats these things for breakfast without a blink of an eye. In my opinion, its all part of the Crohn’s/Ulcerative colitis. Anything foreign is immediately attacked. And, because my immune system attacks the colon, where much of absorption process occurs, I really have to fight to keep hydrated.

When you are neck high in puke covered laundry and running around trying to keep clean buckets in front of everyone, keeping hydrated can fall to the way-side. Not the best position to be in when you are the next victim. At the end of my second day of battle, I noticed something a bit disturbing. Normally I wouldn’t discuss it but because it is something that can be very serious and a topic that is more or less non-existance online, we are going to talk about the appearance of my vomit. You are more than welcome to stop reading here. I won’t be offended at all. You might just learn something though.

The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke and pretended it didn’t happen. After the third time, I was pretty concerned. I had long passed the point of emptying food and the only thing present was bile. So I was having a hard time determining why my bile was turning a dark green color. Then came the dizziness hit. The cause? Moderate to severe dehydration. We ended up in Urgent Care where my blood pressure dropped significantly when going from laying down to standing up – a ‘test’ they do to determine if a patient is dehydrated. I was given IV fluids and anti-nausea medication to stop the vomiting.

So here we are, three days later. The vomiting eventually did stop. I continue to need the anti-nausea medication and haven’t eaten a ‘meal’ just yet. For the most part, I’m following the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) diet regimen. I did find that oatmeal helped more than any of the BRAT foods. While I do have an urge to return to a normal routine, I get tired easily. The thought of Christmas makes me want to jump back into bed in the fetal position while sucking my thumb.

Probably the most interesting thing I’ve learned is that moderate to severe dehydration can cause weight loss. Mix the dehydration with an inability to eat for five days and I’m now 10 lbs. lighter. Even though I did have an extra 10 lbs. of junk in the trunk, I certainly would not recommend going about it in the same manner. Nor do I want to go through any of this again.

The moral of this post? Lock your family up in a sterile bubble until spring. In all seriousness, hydrate, hydrate and hydrate more!! Remember to wash your hands. And most importantly, if your bile turns a dark green color, you DO need to be concerned and should, at the very least, consult with your doctor’s office (contrary to many of the things I read on the ‘all knowing’ internet). This can be an indication of dehydration. It is very serious and can even cause death.

So, whatcha’ all been up to? Busy Christmas shopping? Learning tap dance? Trying a new holiday recipe?

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