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Old 07-30-2015, 10:30 AM
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My daughter did at a brunch buffet. She was 5 or 6. My sister in law and her 4 year old daughter were with us. Her daughter threw up later in the afternoon, mine did not. By 10-ish that night she was sick to her stomach, and from there on it went downhill. She actually got so dehydrated I took her to the ER at 10:00 at night in a snowstorm. She was sick for over a week.
The ER is who asked where we ate, and reported it. I never heard if or what ever happened to the restaurant. I asked the doc why the two girls got sick and the adults didn't. They said either we just have a stronger constitution, or that only the corner of the scrambled eggs they got were bad, and we took out of the other side of it or something like that.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:03 AM
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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It's happened to me twice. One was at a food stall at the Lexington Market in Baltimore. A few hours after eating, I was so sick that I was vomiting. But I had just started my new job at that time, so I reported to work the next day instead of calling out sick.

The other time was at a pizza place on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Nothing happened to the people I was with, but I had ordered something different (I don't remember what) and it hit me that night. Next morning, I was so bad off that I had to go to the emergency clinic and get put on an IV.

This was almost 20 years ago, and it hasn't happened since . . . knock on wood.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:04 AM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Truck stop. Maryland. 5 hours later I was spewing from both ends. Finally got the 18 wheeler parked and took a cab to the hospital in Bristol, VA/TN.
They acted like I had Ebola! And they could not get me to keep from throwing up. I.V. Fluids. 12 hours, I finally went to sleep. Actually made it back home before the diarrhea set in, big time.
3 days later I was back at work.

When I told the truck stop manager a few weeks later, she went white! She was truly concerned and embarrassed.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:14 AM
Location: Middle America
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Nope, never. I've never gotten food poisoning from anywhere, though.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:18 AM
Location: Wonderland
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Originally Posted by saibot View Post
No, I never have, and as a matter of fact the foods that people "won't touch" because they might get food poisoning are usually not the culprits. It's almost never the mayonnaise; much more likely to be the green salad.
Yep. I got food poisoning from a Dairy Queen hamburger once and was very surprised when the doctor told me it was from the lettuce, not the meat.

I was in the hospital for three days and have never been more miserable in my life! But hey, I lost weight!
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:24 AM
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From what I think was slightly undercooked catfish from a restaurant in Texarkana. Woke up at midnight, clearing GI tract from both ends. Finally started feeling human again about 6:00 PM.

I had the catfish there a couple of days before with no problem. Had it again a couple of years later, again with no problem. I guess they just didn't leave it in the fryer quite long enough that one time.
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Old 07-30-2015, 12:54 PM
Location: Eureka CA
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Twice, once from my college dorm and once from fish bought at Lucky. Never from a restaurant.
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Old 07-30-2015, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by LarkBea View Post
Suspected yes, but nothing ever formally confirmed by the health department. It has only happened a couple of times.
While I have never gotten seriously ill from restaurant food, I have had really bad gastrointestinal distress on four occasions that I can recall.

When it happened the first time immediately after eating at a neighborhood Chinese resto, I didn't think much about it. When it happened the second time after eating at that same place (with the same really weird-smelling diarrhea ), I put that place on my never again list.

Similarly, there is an Indonesian restaurant at which I have eaten on two occasions, and I got sick both times, so that one is also on my never again list.

However, I do eat out a lot, so I guess that only 4 incidents in 67 years isn't too bad!

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Old 07-30-2015, 01:19 PM
Location: Southwestern, USA
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I have heard of salad once from Il Vicino in CO, once...but now I'm very concerned!

Please always look up the Health Dept...even a suspicion will help another
person...and they learn how to never to it again.

Sure, it could have been a stomach virus...but in your heart I think you know...
and they will find out.
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Old 07-30-2015, 01:20 PM
Location: Northern Virginia
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Ever had food poisoning from a restaurant?
Yes. In 2000 from a Chinese Buffet. The day after eating there, I had to excuse myself in the middle of a workday, feeling extremely unwell all of a sudden. On my way out, I couldn't control it, I vomited in the elevator! I was bedridden for a few days, had to crawl to the bathroom, couldn't walk...and finally one day I felt life slipping away and I called a friend for help (which is something I NEVER do,,so this was serious.) she took me to the ER, I was admitted and spent a week in the hospital, rejuvenated with IV saline drips 24/7. No food for a week. Several tests were done.

Turned out that I had survived the cytomegalovirus. Apparently it's a vicious cold-like virus that most people get at some point in their lives, and it hits some people harder than others. If I hadn't gotten medical attention I would have died.

Edit: just read up on CMV. Doctors told me CMV was the cause for my illness, but based on what I just read, CMV has no symptoms. I definitely had a wicked case of food poisoning. The doctors failed to pinpoint it, but found I tested positive for CMV, so that's what they wrote down.

Tangent: I wish I had died then. It was a pivotal time in my life when I was on top of the world, but things went downhill fast after that, and I've been suffering ever since. God was offering me a way out. I wish I hadn't called my friend.

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