(Closed) Food poisoning right before Christmas :(

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2297 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BakerBee16:  I think that girl from the pizza shop is just trying to cover thier ass.  Food poisoning is different for everyone.  I hope your FI gets better soon!  

Post # 4
1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BakerBee16: A long, long time ago I worked in fast food, and was told very specifically by my manager that if anyone ever called to accuse us of food poisoning, I was 100% to deny it, no matter what. I think it’s mostly because of the liability thing. So, yeah, you probably got food poisoning from the pizza joint, but they’ll never tell you otherwise.

Post # 5
6908 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Really without an actual investigation it will be impossible to know for sure where the food poisioning came from, or even if it is truly food poisioning (my fi once thought he had food poisioning but it turned out to be norovirus which he’d picked up on the commuter train!).

I would call the local health department, who will probably request your fi go to the doctor who can take samples to see what kind of illness he has. If it is a foodbourne illness, then the health department will inspect the pizza place, along with your kitchen and any other places where he might have picked up the illness.

Post # 7
6908 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@BakerBee16:  There’s a huge difference between “we’re sure it came from there because it’s the only thing he ate that I didn’t” and a proper diagnosis.  I am not saying that it’s not food poisioning, only saying that you’ve not got anything other than your suspicions to go on.

There are many types of food poisioning, many with very similar symptoms, and these can take anywhere from 4 hours to **28 days** for symptoms to start showing. Here’s a list: http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm103263.htm  Granted, not everything on this list is common (and I hadn’t even realized that some noroviruses are now classed as food poisioning) but you can see how really he could have picked up whatever is causing these symptoms just about anywhere.  Maybe he’s gotten shigella, which doesn’t manifest for almost a week, so unless you have both eaten the exact same thing for a solid week with the exception of the wings, you simply cannot be sure that is where the illness came from.

And honestly it might not even *be* food poisioning.

So, take him to the doctor, have them collect a sample and see what’s in it, then report it to the health department.

Post # 9
2541 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BakerBee16:  I hope he gets to feeling better soon! The last time I had food poisoning it only lasted a day or two so there’s hope he’ll be up and at em in time for christmas still!

Post # 10
1608 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

DH and I both got food poisoning 4 days before our wedding (as did the other couple who we ate with, they were also in our wedding.) Our good friend is a doctor and the day before the wedding I frantically called him for help- he recommended immodium (otc) and gave me a script for Zofran.  He said that going to the dr would likely not result in a different result, although they might have done a stool sample to see if I needed antibiotics but it would have taken a few days to get the results anyway.  The immodium and zofran helped with the symptoms enough for all 4 of us to make it through the wedding.

DH and I remained sick for about 14 days.  It was pretty insane. DH’s aunt is also a dr and was at the wedding- she echoed the same treatment as our friend.  She said unless it didn’t get better after 2 weeks, a trip to the dr would likely be futile aside from the zofran.

Immodium is your friend!

Post # 11
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

What exactly is the pizza shop going to do for you?

I’m sure with rest, liquids, and probably some more barfing, he will feel better in about 24-48 hours. But he shoudn’t CONTINUE to throw up for that long! Sorry he’s not feeling well! FP SUCKS

Post # 12
11284 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Horseradish:  +1

@BakerBee16:  i hope he feels better soon.  does he have a fever?  he may have eaten something that just didn’t agree with him and maybe a slight case of food poisoning.  when the onset is quick, it usually doesn’t last long and is not as severe as some foodborne illnesses.  regardless, none are pleasant.  luckily, he has some relieve between episodes. 

definitely review the information that horseradish posted.  keep him hydrated and keep an eye on his temperature.  go to the pharmacy to see if there is something that he can take to settle his stomach.  i’m not sure if you have riopan where you are but i find that it’s quite effective.

Post # 14
6908 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

One of my favorite restaurants was at the center of a food poisioning outbreak a few months ago. Ironically it was members of the city council that got sick, and there were some food inspectors and other government workers involved as well, as the incident stemmed from a holiday party luncheon for the city workers. After the health board got multiple reports of illness from the same restaurant, the affected people were tested and the restaurant voluntarily closed while the health board inspected the kitchen. It turned out that, despite the restaurant actually keeping very good sanitation practices, one ingredient that went into an uncooked relish was contaminated with salmonella before it even arrived from the vendor. Because the item wasn’t cooked, the contaminents were served to the customers.  The restaurant changed the recipe– they actually no longer make that relish in-house and say they won’t go back to their old recipe till they can find a way to do it without risk of serving contaminated food any more.  Their working with the health board has actually been good publicity for them, not bad; their customers understand that sometimes you can get sick even out of the cleanest kitchens, and since the restaurant voluntarily closed and cooperated with the investigation, the customers feel the restaurant really cares about serving safe food. 

But this is the reason you need to go to the doctor and have a sample taken!  The doctor probably won’t give you anything you can’t buy over the counter, and will tell you to stay hydrated and as comfortable as possible till it passes; only the very young, the elderly, and the immuno-suppressed are at high risk of long-term illness or injury. BUT until the source of the contamination is known, the general public is at risk of getting sick as well.  The doctor can report the results to the right authorities, or call the health board yourself.  But if you think it truly is food poisioning then someone needs to do a proper investigation.

Post # 16
2573 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@BakerBee16:  My DH was throwing up all Friday night/Saturday morning, and I had to bring him to the ER on Saturday afternoon b/c he wasn’t feeling any better. He was sick to his stomach and could not stop vomitting. It turns out he had appendicitis and needed to go for surgery yesterday. He’s better now and just got released.

Does your FI have any stomach pains at all? If he doesn’t get better, I would strongly suggest at least going to an UrgentCare clinic. It may not even be food poisoning. :/

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