Just got over food poisoning

United States
January 25, 2013 12:32pm CST
Last Friday (a week ago!) we bought a 4 pound package of ground beef. My intention was to make four casseroles out of it. I was too tired Friday night, so I put it in the refrigerator and tried to figure out how to split it into one pound parts. Saturday came and I was preparing dinner when I figured it out. I managed to create the four one-pound portions, freezing three in separate baggies and keeping out the one pound for Jim's favorite meal-tater tot casserole. Everything was fine for a short time, then Jim said to me, "It tastes like soap, like it's kinda soapy". I always rewash everything and double check to make sure everything is rinsed, so I couldn't figure out what he was talking about. He went to work though-no complaints. I finished cleaning up for the night, played on FB and went to bed. I got up at two-I thought I heard a sound or sensed a light; when I woke up, I did see a light. I took the dog with me in my arms and snuck out to the living room to investigate-I spotted Jim, slumped in the rocking chair and looking ill. That was the beginning of his being sick for two straight days-he threw up at work and they sent him home. Once home, he alternated throwing up or having diarrhea the next two days-it was good that he had those days off! I did my best to help nurse him back to health-since I didn't eat the casserole, I didn't expect to get sick. Jim has a bad habit of feeding the dog table food, so when HE got sick (he threw up ground beef), we felt that the store needed to know-I called to speak to a manager and they wanted me to come in the next day. Tuesday morning, we went to the grocery store to get our money back and he filled out a report. I was to return the meat Thursday. Wednesday, I did a dumb thing and let Jim hand me a donut. I ate it, but was still hungry and ate a peanut butter sandwich. I had business to handle across town, so I left an hour early because I wasn't exactly sure where I was going. Part way through the trip, I began belching. Belching powdered donut, so I knew something was up. I wasn't feeling too hot either, but managed to get everything done. But that evening, I was SOOOO sick! Now while most people get food poisoning, they are sick for a day or so, but when I get it, my fever spikes really high and that's worse because I have multiple sclerosis. I went to bed with an extremely high fever, which fortunately broke on its own overnight. I felt like I was hit by a tank-everything hurt and I could barely get to the bathroom because I was so stiff and sore. So that's where I've been for the past week. I'm afraid to go outside-we're expecting snow to start pretty soon, and I'm not taking chances with my health now. I still have to return the meat. Just wanted to pop in and explain where I disappeared to!
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@celticeagle (117590)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jan 13
So sorry to hear of your poisoning. Ugh! Glad the store was so good about it too. I wonder if my family and I haven't gotten food poisoning sometimes and just thought we had a 24 hour virus or something like that. Ya, I would be careful too. We had alittle snow yesterday but it has been warm enough that it melted right off.
• United States
26 Jan 13
Well, the store didn't know about me getting sick too! I just wish that Jim would have been more careful and allowed me to select a donut myself-he just passed on whatever germs he had to me! Believe me, you'd know right away if you had food poisoning-the abdominal pain is horrific! We wouldn't have known it either, had Yoda not thrown up at my feet-Jim fed him some of the ground beef. We have just a few inches (it's been snowing since about 2), but it's been about 9 or 10 degrees the last few days. And then on Wednesday, it'll be close to 50! I'm just so glad I don't go out much-I haven't gotten exposed to the flu this season!
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@celticeagle (117590)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jan 13
Well, I wouldn't actually know right away because I get the 'horrific' abdominal pains due to my depression and from stress. Have since I was a young girl. We are having some warmer weather here after a week or more of way low temps in the single digits. I don't go out unless I have to which is usually just on Thursdays. Haven't gotten my flu shot yet but my grandson has.
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@KrauseHome (35026)
• United States
11 Feb 13
Well, if it was food poisoning this is bad. Did you get your money back? It also sounds like what some peopledeal with when they have a touch of the flu that is going around as well, so personally it could have been a little touch of both, and hope you're feeling a lot better now.
• United States
13 Feb 13
Yes, we did get our money back, but it turned out to be the tater tots that were bad and not the meat. I am doing much better now, thank you.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
25 Jan 13
so sorry to hear that.. you sure have to be very cafeful what you eat these days. Take care there.
• United States
26 Jan 13
Thanks maria. I am feeling somewhat better, but I'm a bit leery to cook for myself-I'm only eating prepared food that I can snack on (expensive, but I feel safer). I haven't had food poisoning in about 25 years, but this time it really packed a wallop!
• United States
25 Jan 13
Given how the American food system is, it's actually surprising that there aren't far more cases of food poisoning each year. As it stands, 1 in 4 Americans experiences food poisoning each year (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29285754/ns/health-food_safety/t/food-poisoning-strikes-americans-year/) and costs the U.S. billions of dollars (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20100303/food-poisoning-costs-152-billion-a-year).
• United States
25 Jan 13
I'm not surprised by those stats. Because it occurred within the two day window of refrigeration (bought Friday, happened Saturday), they did give me double my money back. I haven't had food poisoning since 1988 or 1989, but we wouldn't have even suspected it until the dog got sick on the floor. The scary thing was that I fried the meat, then baked it for over an hour, so I know it wasn't because of uncooked meat.
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@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
26 Jan 13
A lot of people do get sick during this cold season. I hope you get better soon. Keep safe!