Wednesday night through Thursday night I was around some friends who were violently ill with a stomach virus (seems likely to be noro).
Friday night I got it, pretty suddenly.
Saturday morning I was starting to believe that consuming water was bad. While recognizing that lack of it would eventually kill me. I may have been somewhat delirious. I was feeling like the water was only helping the virus. It wasn't staying down.
I hadn't experienced anything like it before. I had immodium / loperamide in my bag because I knew how dangerous untreated diarrhea could be, but wasn't sure what to do about vomiting. I was starting to worry that avoiding death by dehydration might require an ambulance ride to get put on an IV. So I did a google search for: zombie squad vomiting
And that brought me right to the Emergency Rehydration
thread in this forum, which I had read before. And I read small sips. And I started taking small sips, and it stayed down.
In my defense, I had taken one tiny sip of water shortly before getting to this thread. But other than that I guess I had been chugging water.
I did end up opening up my oral rehydration salts
to give them a try. Taste was not good. That just reinforced my original plan to try it out and then replace it with Gatorade powder, which I saw recommended around here somewhere. It wasn't actually bad
, I'd just rather drink Gatorade.
I really wanted Gatorade, but there was no way I was getting to the store in my condition. I ended up mixing up basically lemonade - water, sugar, lemon juice, tiny bit of salt. That was quite pleasant. Went down easier than plain water or water plus any concentration of rehydration salts. I found it recommended somewhere as a DIY version of Gatorade (while explaining the imperfections of Gatorade). I bet the lemon juice could adequately be replaced with citric acid, AKA "sour salt". Or, you know, just use Gatorade or Tang powder (diluted, of course).
But it seems the most important part of all was sipping.
Also, when you have very recently been around some friends you knew had a highly contagious virus that caused severe vomiting is precisely the wrong time to try kippers for the first time. It's a kind of canned fish.
I guess a lot of people would hate going through this. I'm happy to have had the experience. It came at a good time, and in a good place, and it was manageable, and very educational. But I'd rather not make a habit of it