WELL. Walt Disney World was absolutely and totally incredible and I will soon be providing you with all the fantabulous details, which I can’t wait to share because I think they’ll really make your future trips to Disney all the more amazing.
Let’s talk about FOOD POISONING.
On our very last night of vacation, I dove into my bed in blissful exhaustion, only to be woken at 6 in the morning by horrible stomach cramps. I whimpered, crawled out of bed, and ran for the bathroom. And then I ran there again at 6:15. And at 6:30. And at 6:45. And on and on and on until my husband finally woke up and I had to give him the horrible news.
“I think I’ve been…. poisoned,” I gasped.
“You’re not the only one,” he said, grimacing. “My stomach is killing me. Thank God the bathroom’s empty.”
We had shared two seafood entrees the night before, but I’d had the bulk of the lobster pasta, while Hubs had focused on the halibut. I remembered thinking that the lobster didn’t really taste like lobster at all, and was kind of chewy and gross.
Famous last words, I thought to myself as I lay staring at the ceiling and clutching my gut. Worst of all? Checkout was at eleven, and we had 12 hours of driving ahead of us. I groaned at the thought and made another beeline for the bathroom.
“I just don’t think I can do the trip,” I whispered to my husband when I came out.
“Well if it’s food poisoning, it can’t last long, right?” Hubs asked. “Let’s hope it runs its course in a few hours. I’ll call and see if we can get a later checkout time.”
Hubs rang the front desk, where someone informed him that there could be no late checkouts. Period. He asked to speak to a manager and once he got someone on the line, he told the man all of my symptoms in nauseating detail.
“He gave us one extra hour,” Hubs said grimly, hanging up the phone.
Gee thanks, Mickey.
At that point, I may have cried a little. My husband had asked the front desk if we could simply stay an extra night, even in a different room at the resort where we had reservations (we had a coveted room with pirate beds, and they sell out months in advance), but according to the front desk, every room was booked.
The situation was looking dire– at that point, I couldn’t fathom traveling even a few minutes to another location within Walt Disney World. After an hour passed and I was still no better, Hubs went to the front desk to talk to the manager face to face. He came back 15 minutes later.
“They’ve now given us two extra hours,” he announced cheerily, “and I found us some Imodium in the gift shop!”
Both of us took a dose and in minutes, it was doing its job. Our bathroom trips ended — but I still felt miserable. I had a horrible headache and if I closed my eyes, it was easy to imagine that seven dwarves had surrounded me and were angrily stabbing me in the gut with tiny trowels. Still, a girl had to do what a girl had to do. Gingerly, I gathered my things, got in the car and we headed out onto the open road. I put on dark glasses and prayed for a miracle, but instead the opposite happened.
“I feel carsick,” my daughter announced about ten minutes into the trip. Seconds later, I heard a retching sound and turned just in time to see her breakfast of watermelon slices coming right back up.
My own illness forgotten, I scrambled to find something to wipe up the mess. Hubs pulled over at the nearest gas station and I hopped out and quickly rooted in the back for a change of clothes. The first thing I turned up was a dress stained with chocolate ice cream on it from a few nights earlier. It would have to do. Grabbing my daughter’s hand, I headed with her inside and into what had to be the filthiest public restroom in Florida (and that’s saying A LOT). There, I cleaned her up as best I could, changed her from one dirty outfit into another, and headed back out, past a line of irritated women that had formed outside the door. I’m sure my daughter and I made quite the pair as we headed back to the car, but at that point, I couldn’t have cared less.
By that time, it was 1:00. We handed Punky a sand pail in case she felt sick again and got back on the road, deciding that if she threw up a second time, we’d find the nearest decent hotel and check in for the night. Fortunately, Punky’s sickness was a one-time thing and we were able to continue our drive. Spring Break traffic and construction hampered our return, though, and we didn’t pull into our own driveway until 1:30 AM.
My stomach still roiling, I crawled into my own bed, glad to at least be home and near a familiar bathroom. I was sure I’d be all better after a good night’s sleep.
I was so, so wrong.
Day after day, my stomach woes have continued, and so have my husband’s. Pretty much all I was able to eat last week was Saltines and rice, and even then, those dwarves wouldn’t stop with the stabbing! I have been miserable. MISERABLE, I TELL YOU. It wasn’t until yesterday, ten days after my food poisoning debacle began, that I was finally stomach ache-free.
The (totally NOT) hilarious thing about ten-day food poisoning is that Hubs and I were forced to continue on with our lives as best we could, getting to know the city’s public restrooms a little too well in the process. Desperate for a little alone time, Hubs and I even went on a date night one night during what will go down in family history as Food Poisoning 2012. “Isn’t it sad when date night ends based on how much time we think we have before we have to make a run for the bathroom?” Hubs asked as we gingerly ate our dinner at a local bar. I know. So romantic.
Even worse was the night last week that Hubs had a cameo appearance in “Titanic: The Musical.” I left for the show with plenty of time to spare… at least until I had to make an unexpected detour into a fast food restaurant bathroom on the way to the performance. Punky and I ended up making it to the show just as the curtain rose. So. Not. Fun.
The only good news is what you’d expect- Not only did stuffing my face for seven straight days (courtesy of the Disney meal plan) end up having zero impact on the scales, but I’m now three pounds lower than I was when I left for vacation.
YAY FOOD POISONING!!!!
I don’t recommend that you ever try it as a weight loss technique, though.
Food poisoning has got to be the worst diet ever.