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I skip to the loo

  • Published at 12:08 pm November 16th, 2015
I skip to the loo

Regardless of how silly the title of this piece is, please take the rest of this work of prose very seriously.

The gut is one of the most sensitive parts of the human body and is responsible for helping us digest all the food we eat. However, when the gut is upset, things tend to get really ugly, really fast. You may not have to use your imagination for this but when the gut is out of order, we start spewing out food like busted gutter pipes (with an opening in each end).

Now that we've given you a visual of an upset stomach, let's move on to what stomach flu actually is. The stomach flu is a food-borne virus that can affect both children and adults. Some shellfish, especially undercooked or raw oysters, can also cause one to get sick.

Here’s a clearer look at the causes and symptoms:

Like any flu-like disease, stomach flu is a nasty one and is one of those villainous types which can come from someone who has it. Or in other cases, it can come from contaminated food or water, unwashed hands from going to the bathroom or changing diapers. Salmonella, for example, is the most common form of the stomach flu virus that comes from raw chicken, eggs and live reptiles, so go figure. The next time your chicken is undercooked or tastes a bit bloody from your local restaurant or fried chicken shop, and your stomach starts feeling wobbly right after that first bite, you know exactly what you’ve got.

The symptoms are pretty bad so try not to feel repulsed by what we are about to describe.

The initial symptoms are severe dehydration followed by slippery diarrhea and stomach pains, cramping, vomiting, nausea and headaches and a high fever may also be present. You will feel extremely weak, lightheaded and thirsty, and it may be a good idea to keep drinking a lot of fluids (especially fruit juices such as orange juice and sports drinks like lucozade) and of course water as you’ll be losing a lot of bodily fluids whilst vomiting and taking trips to the bathroom. It would also be wise to keep a loved one close to you so that they can look after you. Remember, while you are sick with this horrible ailment, sleep should be your best friend and your bed your constant companion. If you are alone and have no one with you, please be sure to call a doctor and have them come see you. Do everything they tell you to and don't forget; even though we are self sufficient, sometimes we work better when we rely on others. The world would not function without unity. It may be a good idea to call a friend or a relative and ask them to come and stay with you for a little while, if not, to look after you perhaps just to brighten up your mood a little bit.

You can’t always get through everything alone now, can you?