This past Monday, I got hit with Gastroenteritis or Stomach Flu. Excruciatingly, I had to endure abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, fever, headache, and fatigue. At first, I thought it was food poisoning but I never really ate anything bad so I couldn’t figure out what was the culprit. Later that night, I called my health care provider to ask for advice. The nurse at Kaiser Permanente told me I should resort to eating bland foods such as dry toast and drinking an ounce of water mixed with apple juice every 15-20 minutes. The advice helped stop the vomiting but all other symptoms still persisted. On Tuesday midnight, my folks took me to the ER. The doctor confirmed I was dealing with a virus. The nurse said that there’s a bug that has been going around which could be transferred by many factors including simply shaking people’s hands. Great.
The good news was that stomach virus lasts for only two days. As much as I hate going to the hospital, I was relieved that I did. The medication helped and the diet they prescribed were mainly vegan (with the exception of jello which I didn’t eat). Here’s what I ate for the past couple of days that helped ease the symptoms:
The doctor prescribed: Apple sauce, dry toast, Gatorade (or a drink with electrolytes), apple juice, water, and crackers (not pictured). As it turns out, I didn’t have to compromise my vegan diet after all!
Stomach flu is highly contagious. Even though I felt 100% better on my third day, I opted to stay at home to not risk infecting anyone. I used disposable utensils so I wouldn’t contaminate the things my family use. I still stayed away from spicy ingredients. Instead, I made Nilaga soup with vegetable broth, Napa cabbage, cabbage, green beans, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, celery, little bit of onion, little bit of oil, and tons of quinoa. The soup was equally nourishing and delicious.
Slowly but surely, I’m going back to my normal routine. Good health has always been important to me and I’m glad I have it back. Stay safe everyone!