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Posted: 8/28/2005 6:23:33 AM EDT
I have always been a gastronomic adventurer.

Server: “Rare?”

Me: “Yes please.”

Server: “Organ meat?”

Me: “You bet.”

I eat at dives with good recommendations or just because the place “smells right.” I have eaten wonderful meals at questionable places in questionable countries. I like local color.

Now, however, there’s a problem. For the last few years I have lived in a small city in Southern Colorado. It is the United States equivalent of a Third World Nation in terms of restaurants. Great little ethnic places (mainly Mexican or Italian/Sicilian) with almost no health department enforcement.

My wife and I eat out, or take out 1-2 times per week not including the fairly rare fast food lunch. Every 3-4 months I have been getting what I believe is food poisoning. The symptoms include very severe gastric cramping (within 2 hours) vomiting and the green apple quick step (usually w/I 3 hours). My wife and I almost never eat the same thing but we usually share a little. The result is that she gets a mild case or no sickness whatsoever while I am a puking, shivering, shi%^&# , mess for a couple of days.

Moreover, it seems, in my own subjective head, that I am becoming more sensitive to whatever is twisting my gut. This Thursday it was a little chilled number that involved chicken, avocados, a black bean salsa and some kind of white sauce. (Makes my stomach turn just to think of it.)

Though I wish I could blame this on fast food or chain restaurants, I’ve never gotten sick at one of those flavor killing McBorings.

I am a very good cook and I have never made myself, or anyone else, sick. But, I observe safe food handling. I also pick quality meats and vegetables and wash; a lot.

So, am I doomed to never eat out or take out?

Must I always eat at (shudder) chain restaurants?

Am I just getting the flu and think that its food poisoning?

Can I get a magic pill to cure my aching gut?

(I already know I’m a whiny little bitch with a tummy ache so I don’t include that as an option.)

I could post this anywhere, but I’d like some thoughtful answers, some humorous answers, and I’d like to let you all engage in schadenfreude at my expense.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 6:32:12 AM EDT
The green apple shuffle is just a part of reality when eating with the yocals. In fact, mild cases could be good for you. We all need a good cleaning out from time to time! After a few months, you forget how you originally wanted to die, and you get adventurous again.

In my opinion, this has probably happened all along, but you are just now old/wise/soft enough to notice it and recognize cause/effect.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 6:34:39 AM EDT
Simple answer:

Only eat at restuarants that display a food sanitation licence or certification. Otherwise you risk a repeat performance. Hand


Link Posted: 8/28/2005 6:38:08 AM EDT
Better get a checkup for Hepatitis.
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 6:49:56 AM EDT
I get a regular yearly exam and am otherwise in fine health. I'm not even in my 40s.

(I've got a little baby weight right now since my wife was on bed rest for 4 1/2 months of the pregnancy.)

Its not hep or the hiv. I exercise, don't smoke (damn), rarely drink, am not exposed to blood, have regular check ups (including full blood work) and no other lifestyle risk factors.

Link Posted: 8/28/2005 6:59:04 AM EDT
Hmmm. Well, by the time you are done with your gastrointestinal adventures you should just about be ready to give REAL Mexican Restaraunts a spin.......

by the time you're done you should immune to just about every food bug known to man......
Link Posted: 8/28/2005 7:05:32 AM EDT
I've been to Mexico (and a few other places) . Central, non-touristy Mexico. Ate at the local joints.

Never had problems.
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