Last Sunday, after having lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant, I developed severe diarrhea, which overnight turned into violent watery eruptions with high fever – 102.6 was the highest. Only slight nausea, lots of abdominal cramping. I was unable to eat or drink for 24 hours, then started to drink water and electrolyte beverages but no solid food. It has now been 4 days, the fever finally broke this morning and then returned this afternoon with a low grade temperature. I have been able to eat saltine crackers and apple sauce. I have intermittently taken ibuprofen, tylenol w. codeine, and I started Cipro yesterday morning. Friends suggested I go to the ER, but I had no bowel control, there was just no way. A RN friend stopped by and started a NS iv to rehydrate me, which helped. I am able to get around but am weak and still have severe cramping several times a day.
After reading up on the subject of food poisoning, I tend to think it’s salmonellosis – has anyone else had a similar experience? Also, I want to notify the health department about the incident, would they even pay attention?