Last Friday, I was eating dinner at home when my stomach started churning. I went to the bathroom and stayed in the bathroom the entire evening. Stuff came out from the top and bottom. It was a bad case of food poisoning it seemed. The only thing I ate that no one else had was fried noodles for lunch and steamed asparagus during dinner. It was bad, but I'd had food poisoning before so it wasn't scary.
The next day when I woke up, I felt 100% better to my relief. I ate the rest of the fried noodles thinking that maybe it had been the asparagus that was bad and followed that poor decision with a cookie, some chips, and some Easter jelly beans. I'm always eating junk food even though every time I do, I tell myself it's the last time.
About 30 minutes later, my stomach started hurting. It didn't feel like the food poisoning I felt the night before. My stomach was actually cramping and pulsating in pain. A year ago, when I was pregnant, I had bad stomach cramps and thought something was wrong with the baby. We rushed to my OBGYN and it turns out. . .I was constipated. Omg so embarrassing!! So I figured that I was just constipated again.
I tried to rest but I was in so much pain I started to cry. My husband was like okay, we're going to the ER. I begged him not to make me go since I was probably just constipated and they'd tell me, "take some doo doo medicine." My husband reasoned, "What if it's not constipation?" It was a good point so we left Baby T. with my best friend and her mom and went off the to the ER.
I'll spare you the details of five hours of tears, tests, and high blood pressure in the Pali Momi emergency room. In the end, its turns out I had stomach inflammation! I didn't even know what that was.
Apparently, the food poisoning irritated my stomach and the bad foods I ate the next day exasperated the irritation. Also, when I mentioned that I got the COVID Johnson & Johnson vaccine a week and a half before, one of the nurses said that the vaccine is known to cause inflammation. So that could also have been a factor. But who knows!
The week following my ER visit, I was weak and had no appetite. Through I was still able to nurse Baby T., I was terrified that eating normal food would cause stomach pains again. I ate soup, toast, and other low fat/bland foods.
It's been a little over a week since I was in the ER and I'm finally feeling normal again. I'm doing my best to avoid fatty (aka delicious), oily, salty foods. Whenever I'm tempted to go wild, I remember how miserable I was in the ER, how much I missed Baby T. and how guilty I felt for having to leave her, and how worried I made my husband and best friend.
Eating healthy is a struggle but I know it's worth it for my health, happiness, and baby.