So…Karen and I were sick starting Thursday evening, all of Friday, and ending Saturday morning. We were up most of Thursday night purging the contents of our stomachs. We each ate a big salad for dinner and it decided to come back up. Our sickness was probably stomach flu that we both caught at the same time.
I started feeling really nauseous around 10 PM and by 11 PM I decided I had enough of the dull ache in my stomach. I knelt down in front of the toilet and waited for my body to do its thing, but nothing happened. I decided to jumpstart the process by sticking the index finger down my throat. I gagged several times, but that’s it. I worked on this every ~45 minutes until I finally succeeded in clearing my stomach around 2 AM. I felt SOOO much better after that. Unfortunately, the dull ache came back about 30 minutes later. Fortunately, my body had remembered how to vomit and it was on autopilot from then on.
Anyway, that leads me to the title of this blog…bulimia is a talent. First of all, I do realize that bulimia is a very serious problem that can eventually lead to death. I don’t think that anyone should ever use it a weight-loss method, although I’ve joked about it a few times. However, having the physical ability to vomit on command is impressive. It took me multiple gagging sessions with a VERY upset stomach to finally clear my stomach. Secondly, vomiting is NOT enjoyable. To have the strength and mental ability to keep oneself thin though vomiting is incredible.
So, that leads me to a random thought, which is worse: the dull aching of the stomach (sometimes lasting several hours) leading up to vomiting or the physical process of vomiting? Personally, I don’t like either, but I REALLY hate stomach aches. I would much rather have all the muscles of my body violently clinch and tense up all at once to expel my stomach contents than to have a dull ache in my stomach for hours. Even with the disgusting cleanup of the toilet as well as all the gastro fluids in my nose, in my mouth, and on my face, I still prefer vomiting over the stomach ache. With vomiting, I am only uncomfortable for about 5 minutes. With the stomach ache, it seems to and does last much longer. Ugh. Well, we are all better now and things are fine. I just hope you don’t catch what we had or you will be asking yourself these same thoughts while you are enduring the wait!