To Eat or Not to Eat

I’m assuming you have all heard in the news about the Romaine lettuce e-coli outbreak.  There have been a number of cases in many states and recently a death in California.  My husband kept cautioning me on eating romaine lettuce but I just passed him over as being paranoid.  I love lettuce on my burgers, eating lettuce wraps, and I’ve been trying to eat healthier.  So I didn’t think twice about what lettuce I was eating.

On April 6th I started getting cramps, my stomach started hurting all over, my lower back hurt, my stomach felt bloated and heavy, and I was very nauseous.  In the beginning I tried to ignore it, hoping it would just go away.  After about two weeks I decided I must have developed an ulcer, especially when my stool turned black (which my doctor told me is actually blood in it).  I have been really stressed; we are trying to get approved for a home loan, I’m trying to find a job, and we were heading to Disneyland very soon.  I find traveling with three kids stressful but we have never traveled by plane with all three of them.  The day we arrived in Disneyland I started to feel better.  My stomach wasn’t hurting and I wasn’t cramping as much.  I was still a little nauseous but that to faded.  We had a wonderful time in Disneyland.

However, our last day in Disneyland it all started to come back.  Once we arrived back home I called and scheduled an appointment with my doctor.  She said that I was showing all the same symptoms as the other people with the romaine lettuce e-coli.  I was shocked to hear that, I thought it couldn’t happen to me. I had a few questions and one of them was, “If I shared a bag salad with others, why didn’t they get sick too?”  Her answer was that not every piece is infected.  If I did get it from a bag salad, only a few pieces could have been infected with e-coli and I was the unlucky one to get those pieces. Another question I had was, “why did i feel better in Disneyland and then get worse again?”  She thinks that i was getting better but then i over did it in Disneyland and it came back.

My doctor prescribed a medication for my camps and my nausea. She also prescribed lots of rest and a bland diet.  My husband really stepped up and took care of our kids so I could get lots of rest.  It has taken about another week but I am finally starting to feel like myself.  After my visit to the doctors, I went home and did my own research.  One site I found very informative was Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  They regularly update the site to give the most recent information that is reported to them.

I shared my story because I do not want anyone to ignore this situation like I did.  This is not to be taken lightly.  I did and after my experience fighting e-coli, I’m just thankful I was not hospitalized.  Please be cautious of what you and your family eats.


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