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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 07:27 PM
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Holy hell--stomach virus is lasting for WEEKS
x( x( x( x(

This totally sucks. It's been three weeks for me and for MG Jr., and we both still have some weird lingering stomach virus. It's not debilitating, but if we eat anything other than some sort of bread product, we get a bellyache that feels like we've been doing hundreds of situps or something. Damn, it hurts, but then it passes...until we try to eat again.
:wtf:

Has anybody had this and finally gotten over it? I'm just wondering how much longer it's going to go on. MG Jr. misses his ice cream. :(
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 07:30 PM
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1. Same here!
It started the final week of school. Had to go in those last four days..finals, grades, tying up loose ends...

It lasted 8-9 days, then was really worn out from it the following week.
Thought I was over it, and BAN! It hit me today again!

OW! I feel your pain! :hug: :loveya: :pals: :hi:





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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 09:50 PM
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5. Sucks, doesn't it?
It just goes on...and on...and ON.

Welp, at least the throwing up part only lasted 48 hours. The lingering stuff is just annoying. And I'm getting pretty sick of bagels for dinner...
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:12 PM
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20. Mine was what I thought was a stomach thing
Turns out it was "The Grip"...a kind of pleurisy that made my stomach area hurt, too.

But, as viruses go...they all suck BIG TIME! :hug:
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 07:32 PM
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2. One of my roommates has it now...he had to call out of work yesterday
it seemed to hit him pretty hard, too

Hope you feel better soon
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 09:51 PM
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6. Thanks.
Hope your roomie gets better soon too--and that you can dodge it. :hi:
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TK421 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:58 PM
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24. Knowing my luck? I'm next to get it
:(
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 07:48 PM
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3. Dang, that sounds horrible
I'm sorry to hear of your suffering. Ugh. I can't eat much in the way of bread products to begin with. Something like that would really put me to the test.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 09:53 PM
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7. I'm not even supposed to eat bread
Blood sugar levels and all that. Usually I low-carb it at all times. But considering that's all I CAN eat right now, Cheerios, toast, English muffins, and plain bagels are my friends. :(
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 07:59 PM
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4. Ugh, just where is this thing prevalent now?
:scared:

I had one years ago in Japan after having tea at a temple where I could see that they didn't really wash the cups too well, but I was with the grandfather of a friend, and he had really talked up having tea at this temple, so I couldn't refuse.

I was in Japan for ten weeks and sick for six of them. I knew exactly what I could eat, because if I even looked at anything else, I cramped up. For six weeks, my diet consisted of yogurt, kayu (rice gruel), and oyako donburi (chicken and eggs over rice). For some reason, I could also eat McDonald's French fries, but anything else on their menu brought on cramps.

It was years before I could eat oyako donburi again.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 09:56 PM
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8. I'm in western NY
Hope it stays a safe distance from you!

Wow, sick for six weeks! YIKES! I hear you about the chicken and eggs over rice. For quite a few days my dinner consisted of rice made with chicken broth. I've graduated past that, but a couple of days ago I dared to try a hamburger and I thought my insides had tied themselves into a knot! x(

Funny about the fries. Reminds me of when I was pregnant--the only thing I could stomach before 2 p.m. was Coke and Cape Cod brand potato chips. Go figure. :shrug:
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:04 PM
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13. I was really sick only for 24 hours or so
For the rest of the six weeks, I was up and around (doing research at the National Diet Library in Tokyo), and I'm sure the cafeteria workers at the library thought of me as "the gaijin woman who orders oyako donburi every day."
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:11 PM
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19. That sounds like the same thing
I was down for the count and begging for death for about 48 hours. After that I was fully functional except for actually eating anything of substance. MG Jr. took it harder than that (threw up every night--only at night--several nights in a row and had to go to emergency for dehydration) but he's now the same--functional, but can't eat much. Ick.
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oregonjen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:02 PM
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11. When I'm sick, okayu, miso soup style, is good
Edited on Fri Jun-20-08 10:03 PM by oregonjen
Heat the rice in the miso soup and crack an egg in it. Cover it until the egg is cooked and yum! When I was pregnant, that was all I could eat without feeling nauseous. My husband likes to add natto to it and stir it all up. Makes for a good meal when you don't feel good.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:06 PM
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14. Natto?
No thanks. I'm one of the anti-natto faction.
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oregonjen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:09 PM
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18. He eats it, I don't
Edited on Fri Jun-20-08 10:11 PM by oregonjen
After 15 years of marriage, I'm finally able to handle the smell. Took awhile, though. :) Aji-no-hiraki is something I can't stand! I refuse to make that because the smell fills up the house and won't leave!
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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 09:58 PM
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9. Our family here are having mild stomach issues for the past week or so
It is mild but it lingers.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:01 PM
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10. Yep, that's it
Mild--a few minutes after MG Jr. eats ANYthing, he says "My tummy hurts!" but he can still keep playing. How long is this plague going to last??
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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:18 PM
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21. No kidding
I am sick of it too.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:02 PM
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12. I had something similar in February
Residual effects for almost a month, though different symptoms. And while I was on vacation at that. x(

Hope you feel better soon! :pals:

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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:07 PM
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16. Oh gods, almost a month
Yeah, that seems about right. MG Jr. and I had the vicious stuff for about 48 hours at the end of May (my mom started it, on Memorial Day), and we've been battling the minor stuff ever since. We MIGHT be well by the Fourth of July, I'm figuring, but I'm not counting on it! And we're going on vacation on Thursday!

Thanks for the good wishes! :hi:
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:07 PM
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15. Did you eat any tomatoes before you got sick?
I know two people who have been affected by the tomatoes.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:09 PM
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17. Nope, no tomatoes
There was a very clear path of destruction, from my mom on Memorial Day, to me on Wednesday, to MG Jr. on Friday. It was HORRIBLY contagious. (We didn't eat together, and MG Jr. hates tomatoes anyway.) This one is definitely a virus. A very...very...VERY tenacious virus.
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AZBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:21 PM
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22. Eeek!
You might need to seek some medical guidance on this one. Feel better!!!!
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 10:37 PM
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23. Thanks!
I did toy with the idea of calling Jr's pediatrician, but they're firm believers in being as "hands off" as possible and letting kids heal on their own for mild things like this. Come to think of it, about a year ago he had something similar--couldn't handle milk products for an entire month after the harshest part of the illness--so they'd likely treat it the same way--"just give it time" etc.
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Bennyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 11:00 PM
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25. Me too, for about three weeks....
sucks. I get hungry, eat and then my tummy is in knots for hours......lots of trips to the bathroom too....
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-20-08 11:57 PM
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26. Eat a little plain yogurt.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 10:05 AM
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28. Good idea
Reestablish balance in the intestines, right?

I can handle yogurt. Now, the 4YO on the other hand...hm...
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 12:21 AM
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27. giardia? campylobacter? (eom)
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 10:07 AM
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29. Hmm...I don't think so
mainly because there was little to no diarrhea, which apparently is a primary symptom of both giardia and campylobacter (at least from what I've read online just now). And it was definitely a virus, passed from my mom to me to MG Jr. We just have stomach cramping without any abnormal...results, let's say. :shrug:
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raptor_rider Donating Member (517 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 10:10 AM
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30. Hit my family hard
5 weeks for us to finally get rid of it. We even had our water tested to see if it was bacterial. Nasty virus that went around. Missed a few days of work with that one.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 10:21 AM
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31. Day-um
Five weeks, huh? Well, the good news is we're more than halfway there. I thought I had read something online about a stomach virus going around that could last six weeks. This must be the one! Woo-frickin'-hoo. I'm a freelancer, but I was definitely out of commission, even for working from home on my own time, for two full days. Luckily I didn't have any pressing deadlines.

Glad you finally recovered. Let's hope this virus is dying out, shall we? I don't want anyone else to experience this!
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raptor_rider Donating Member (517 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 10:58 AM
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32. It was a bad one
It hit my babies first, then my 10 year old daughter who is diabetic, that was an ER trip. Then my husband and me. Had to have my parents and in-laws take care of the kids, I was so weak, I could not pick up my 1 year old. However after the first initial 48 hours, it just settled into the intestines and made for many restroom trips. I am glad that it has passed. I hope with you that you are almost done. Do not wish this bug on anyone! Take care and drink plenty of fluids!
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-21-08 03:12 PM
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33. Oh yeah that's the stuff
Mine hit at 3 a.m. and I spent the first hour spewing my dinner, which, of course, was something fun: tacos.
:puke:

Then it was just one long bout of nausea and stomach cramps for the whole next day, the next night, and the day after that. I think it calmed down sometime during the second evening. I've been living on bagels and English muffins ever since (three weeks at last count).

Poor MG Jr. didn't have the same reaction--it was worse. He did the sudden vomit thing two nights after me, but while he'd make gains every day, he'd end up vomiting every night (all night), so he was exhausted and eventually got dehydrated, no matter how much Pedialyte or how many ice chips he managed to keep down (which, granted, wasn't much). We made the trip to the ER about four days after he came down with this plague. He's had mild stomach cramps ever since, like me.

I don't wish this bug on anyone either. It's VICIOUS!
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