I Shit You Not

I had a question a few weeks back asking about what to do about nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. It’s somewhere in the comments and I meant to answer it. I mean, I hope you got better and weren’t waiting for an answer. I’ve been distracted recently… my bad.
Anyway… endless puking and pooping with a fever starting. Just go to the Emergency Room. You’re probably going to need meds to stop the puking and IV fluids as well. Plus it might be something more serious than “just something I ate”. When I was in New Zealand last, one of my Facebook friends did the N/V/D thing at home for several days, and did Facebook status updates until she died from the salmonella. So please… just go get checked out.
Basic puking – About an hour after your last vomiting, start slowly sipping ginger ale at a rate of a can an hour. Flat ginger ale is easier to handle. It’s fluid, something for blood sugar and the ginger is good for nausea. As you can handle it, slowly restart food with extremely plain things to eat: saltines, rice, bread, bananas, jello. Return to normal eating slowly and as you can.
Diarrhea – McDonald’s Hotcakes. I shit you not.
Disclaimer – This is not formal medical/nursing advice and is strictly for entertainment purposes only. The FDA has not evaluated McDonald’s Hotcakes as effective treatments for diarrhea and they are likely only intended by the McDonald’s Corporation to be delicious as opposed to be a medical treatment of any kind. Really suggest you don’t eat more than one serving though.


  1. Katherine says:

    It's nice that we dont have to just suffer through gastroenteritis weather it's a bug going around or food poisoning. Probiotics are an evidence based, highly effective treatment for gastroenteritis/stomach flu/food poisoning for both kids and adults. One night while one of my kids was up vomiing, I looked up a bunch of the literature and compiled/bookmarked it into a list in my diigo library:

  2. Anonymous says:

    Last time I got food poisoning, the doctor recommended Gatorade, the kind that says "02" on it. His thinking was that I needed the electrolytes and carbohydrates along with the liquid. I lived, so I guess it worked. At the end of the second day, I thought I felt better, so I ate some nice spicy Thai food. BAD IDEA.

    Sorry to hear about your friend, AK. Damn.

  3. Athol Kay says:

    Gatorade is fine after you settle down a bit. The electroltyes and sodium is good.

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