Monday, June 10, 2013

Star Trek, Food Poisoning and Best Intentions

So last night I saw Star Trek.  I really loved all the Wrath of Khan parallels and had fun drooling over Spock. Also, Bones's reliance on metaphors was hilarious.

Afterwards, hubs and I had a little dinner and dissected the movie. I drank a few diet Cokes, thinking--I'm gonna use some of that movie inspiration to fuel a little late night writing fest! It's gonna be awesome!

Right? Wrong!

Two hours later, I got hit with debilitating nausea (visualize me hugging pillows with my head on the floor, because my bed--that's right, my soft cushie bed--was making me nauseated.)

I sounded like this:

"Don't pat my back, it's making me sicker. Please stop talking, it's making me more nauseated."
"I hate throwing up. I don't want to throw up. This would all go away if I threw up. But I hate throwing up."
"Why am I not throwing up yet?????"

(I have a slight case of emetophobia (fear of vomiting), if you haven't figured that out yet).

Two hours after that, I had chills, more nausea (still no puking!), a racing heart beat, cramping and sweats. I thought, I am dying. My innards are festering with the bad kind of E. Coli and my bowels are going to explode soon. It's going to look like the Ebola virus played jump rope with my small intestines. Food poisoning SUCKS. 

And the best part? All that caffeine I drank to keep me awake for my anticipated writing session? KEPT ME AWAKE THE WHOLE TIME. So I had little mini convos with myself all night long.

"Wow, it's three o'clock. What is the half-life of caffeine again?"
"No more house salads for me. For now on, I'm eating preservative-filled food. Nothing fresh. Tomorrow my menu will be  100% Twinkies, if I can find them."
"Wow, my heart rate is going at 120! I wonder if I'm in atrial fibrillation? Yes? No?"
"I want to throw up! I hate throwing up! I need to throw up! Why am I not throwing up?"

Etc, etc.

Anyway, I'm feeling much better now, albeit REALLY sleep deprived and sort of zombie-ish.

Hope you all are having a good Monday. Mine is sort of south-of-meh so far.


Louise Bates said...

Oh my, talk about miserable! And what a horrible end to an awesome night! Glad you're starting to feel better today - here's hoping you get plenty of sleep tonight.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sorry! What a crappy way to end the evening. And it started so well...

Scarlet Wilson said...

Saw Star Trek last night too and loved it. Spock is fabulous, but felt Bones could have been in it a bit more, I love his smart lines. Hope you are feeling better Lydia, not long till Control comes out now!

Jennie Bailey said...

I have a fear of throwing up as well (emetophobs unite!). Just READING about someone else having the stomach flu on Facebook can give me serious anxiety. Give me a cold for a week, but don't make me puke for 24 hours! I'm glad that you're feeling better! It sucks that you had to be jacked up on caffeine for all of it, though.

E.J. Wesley said...

That does not sound like an entertaining way to spend a night. :( And I'm right there with you on the vomiting--hate it. I'll do just about anything to not throw up, and I think I've only vomited 3 times in my entire life. (I remember them all vividly.)

And now, just to break an imaginary Internet record, I'm going to say vomit for the third time in a single blog comment. :)

Hope you're doing better today, LK. Nausea is miserable.

Indigo said...

Sorry about the food poisoning, been there and NO it's not a whole bag of fun to deal with. Thanks for the heads up on Star Trek, I'll definitely check it out. Feel better soon sweet friend. (Hugs)Indigo

Shelly said...

Oh, I hope you are feeling better now. I had that last week and for one who is never sick, it was a humbling experience.

Wrath of Khan sounds good- we'll have to check it out~

SA Larsenッ said...

Ugh. Food poisoning does suck. So sorry it interfered with your planned writing session.

I had a case of FP last year; ended up in the hospital. Not fun at all. :(

mooderino said...

I was a bit disappointed they went with an old story. Wanted something new.


p.s. Hope you're feeling better.

Peggy Eddleman said...

Ha! Your conversation with yourself cracked me up! All while I was feeling so bad for you. It's possible to feel bad and laugh at the same time, right?

I hope you get feeling all the way better soon!

Natalie Aguirre said...

So sorry. I had food poisoning once at a conference in Detroit. I threw up in a garbage can in a parking lot. I was too sick to drive home to Ann Arbor and had to have someone drive me. Hope you rest and feel better.

CA Heaven said...

Have you tried sparkling water mixed with apple juice? I've heard it's a good cure. It never worked for me, but at least it tastes good >:)

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Krispy said...

Augh! I'm sorry your nice evening turned really terrible! Food poisoning is definitely NOT fun, and it sucks even more that you were awake and also that you fear vomiting. :( Glad you're doing better now though.

Along These Lines ... said...

Been there. Done that. It's NEVER fun.

Deb Salisbury said...

Hugs, Lydia! I'm a member of the emetophobs club, too.

But your inner dialog had me giggling out loud. :-)

I hope you're better soon!

Karen Lange said...

So sorry you felt lousy! That's never fun. Glad you are on the mend now. :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh Lydia!! Oh my stars!! What a way to have you wonderful Star Trek film night ruined!!! Poor you!! That is NOT GOOD!! :-(

Glad you are feeling not so vomity!! Feeling meh is a start to a full recovery!! You take care now!!

prerna pickett said...

You poor thing! I think we've all been there and can sympathize with the awfulness that is food poisoning. I'm glad you're feeling better and continue to recover quickly. Throwing up sucks.

Connie Keller said...

Oh, no!! I'm so sorry you had such a horrible end to your date night with your husband. Glad to hear that you're feeling better now.

BTW, I loved the new Star Trek movie too.

LD Masterson said...

Oh, poor baby. I've been that sick and it's horrible.

M Pax said...

What a horrible way to end the night. Glad you're feeling better. I loved the new Star Trek. McCoy's use of metaphors was hilarious.

mshatch said...

I can't get excited by Spock because he was also Sylar in the show Heroes and he was evil and I just can't lust after evil.

And I hear you on vomiting. I hate throwing up. Hate.

JEFritz said...

I think it would more weird NOT to have emetophobia. It's not like vomiting is anything but uncomfortable and EWWWW.

What an ordeal. Hope you're back in top form soon.

Mrs. Silverstein said...

Oh god, I'm SO sorry. That's the worst. I have to say, though, I'm always kind of amazed by how much better throwing up makes me feel. I went for about fifteen years between childhood and early adulthood without booting (my slang of choice) so I had forgotten what true nausea felt like...and how quickly it ends when you just get rid of what's ailing you (in that case, a beer followed by a chocolate martini. TERRIBLE choices, younger me!) I hope you're feeling better now!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I hate that your lovely evening had such a lousy ending. You needed Bones with his advanced medical techniques! May your next movie outing end much happier!

Dianne K. Salerni said...


My husband and I suffered food poisoning after watching the first Harry Potter movie ... way back when.

An out of town friend of my husband's who had come to visit was left in the house to babysit our toddler children while my father drove me and my husband to the ER late at night.

My most vivid memory is of me slumped in a chair with a 7-Up (because I didn't have it as bad) while my husband is lying on a table with an IV in his arm.

He says, "I think I'd like to read the book."

I said, "Really? You don't hate the name Hsrry Potter?"

He said, "No. I think I might like the book."


Kathee de Falla said...

Best description of food poisoning...ever! Where's the Emetrol?? Hope you are well now :)

Wendy Lu said...

Ooh, I watched the Wrath of Khan two weeks ago; that was when my boyfriend introduced me to Star Trek for the first time! I was proud of myself for taking the step :D

On the other hand, I'm sorry about your Monday. That doesn't sound fun at all. Food poisoning is terrible; I hope you feel better now!

~Wendy Lu

The Red Angel Blog

Donna Hole said...

Oh horrible; and after such a good evening too :(


Barbara Watson said...

Oh man. So, so sorry. I didn't know there was a real something that means to have a fear of throwing up. But I have it. Your night sounds like me when I have motion sickness...

lbdiamond said...

I HATE throwing up. HATE. IT. Hope you're feeling better.

PS--LOVED the new Star Trek film. May have to see it again!

Gina Gao said...

That sounds absolutely horrible! I hope you feel better soon.

Catherine Stine said...

Don't you HATE that?! I was teaching at a conference last weekend and I was so hungry after one session that I bought and ate a Klondike bar. Well, an hour later I was in agony with stomach cramps. I forgot that I CANNOT eat ice cream!!!!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I feel bad that you had such a crappy end after a wonderful evening with your hubby. Hope you are completely alright now.

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shehzad Amc said...

I hope you are feeling better now.Glad you are feeling not so vomity!! Feeling meh is a start to a full recovery!! You take care now!!

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Linda Gray said...

Oh what a nasty surprise for you. Ugh. Vomiting is SO awful, but you know you have to do it to feel better with food poisoning. Last time that happened to me I really really wanted to be dead instead. Hope you are recovered and feeling great now.

shehzad Amc said...

I can't get excited by Spock because he was also Sylar in the show Heroes and he was evil and I just can't lust after evil.

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A Lady's Life said...

Ah I hate that
Glad you are feeling better

Mark K said...

I'm just so surprised, that as a medical person, you would even touch any diet sodas... aspartame is a vile chemical - otherwise marketed as 'Nutrasweet', 'Equal' & 'Spoonful'.

Carol Riggs said...

Poor chickie!! Sounds like a long night. I dislike throwing up too, but I don't think it's a phobia. I have to be on my deathbed practically before I throw up. I think the last time I threw up was...about 1987. Didn't even toss my cookies during 2 pregnancies. Anyway, glad you're feeling better.

Jai Joshi said...

What people always forget about throwing up is how much it hurts the stomach muscles. As if it isn't horrible enough. I remember being so sore when I was in Tibet and throwing up all night every night.

So sorry to hear about your tummy troubles!


Arnold Brame said...

I feel sorry for you that you had to gone through food poisoning after such a nice and enjoyable moment of watching star trek. I hope now you're alright. Take care

Arnold Brame
Health And Safety Consultant Peterborough

Eva Inka Nurmaisya said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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