E. coli in Orange County
My regular readers might have noticed that I missed my regular Friday post last week, and that I haven't responded to any comments or email. Since Thursday morning, I've been caught up in what has to be the worst case of food poisoning it's ever been my misfortune to suffer, with teeth-clenching cramps, fever, diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness. Saturday night, I noticed signs of internal bleeding, which prompted me to head straight to my doctor's this morning. She diagnosed me as having an invasive organism that was attacking the lining of my intestines and prescribed antibiotics for me. She also handed me a fax she'd received that morning from the County of Orange Health Care Agency.
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Here's a close-up of the most important point.
Yes, fellow residents, E. coli O157 has come to Orange County. I get to be one of the lucky contestants. The nurses took a few vials of blood and gave me some sample jars that I'm still trying to figure out how to fill neatly. I'm not sure when the tests will come back, but I've been ordered to rest at home until the doctor sees me again on Thursday. As I haven't been able to keep anything other than watery rice gruel, chicken soup, and flat 7-Up in my stomach since Thursday, you may not see a restaurant review post here this week. Don't worry, I'm working hard to get well. E. coli O157 didn't beat me in the five days it had me. Hopefully, the tasty antibiotics will kick its ass.
As a note of caution, I didn't get my unwelcome guests by eating at home. Last week, before I got sick, I was so busy at the office that I ate all of my meals out, mainly in the Huntington Beach and Irvine areas. If anyone in those parts of Orange County or elsewhere is suffering from fever, abdominal cramps, and "bloody and unusually severe diarrhea", I urge you to see your doctor at once. This is a very serious illness. The earlier you’re diagnosed, the sooner you can be treated.
Read the full fax from the County of Orange Health Care Agency here.
For more information about E. coli O157, visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
For a fact sheet for the Orange County Public about E. coli O157 from the County of Orange Health Care Agency click here.