November 26, 2012 6:36 PM Subscribe
I think I might have gotten food poisoning by eating prepared food from a convenience store, but there are some confounding factors. I'm fine now, but not sure if I should notify someone about this.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The night before Thanksgiving I decided to go out to the bars with some friends. By the end of the night I was slightly drunk, but had been drinking light beers all night, so I was far from blacking out or being incapacitated. As we neared the house I was staying at, I decided I wanted some drunk food for a night cap, and went to Royal Farms. For some reason their deli was closed (which is unusual, since I'm relatively sure they're open all night normally), so I decided to get a prepared chicken/bacon salad. I went back to the house, ate it, and went to bed.
The next morning I was sicker than I've been in quite a while. At first I thought I was hungover, but usually when I throw up from a hangover it's over and done, and then I start feeling better. This time, however, from when I woke up at 8 am until around 2 pm I threw up every 30 minutes or so (mostly dry heaving). This was also coupled with pooping every hour or so. The last time I threw up, (around 2) it was much more violent than the other ones had been, but I finally began feeling better, and was able to eat some saltines, and then later have some leftovers (despite missing the actual Thanksgiving meal).
The throwing up was accompanied with some stomach pains, but no fever or chills.
I've had bad hangovers before, but they're almost always tied to drinking hard liquor - not having a handful of beers over the course of the day. They also tend to clear up after an hour or so of feeling lousy and puking once - not extend over six hours of constant dry heaving.
The thing that I'd eaten before the salad was a plate of fish tacos, but I'd shared one of those with a friend, and he hadn't gotten sick.
Was I drunker than I realized, and just super sick from drinking? Or is it more likely that it was food poisoning? To complicate matters, a friend went by the same Royal Farms later in the week and said that he saw a worker at the deli wearing gloves while moving a trash can around, and then picking up chicken tenders from their heat tray without changing gloves, but I'm also not sure if the workers at the store are the same people that make the prepared food, like packaged salads.
Should I contact someone (the store, or the health board) about this? I'd written it off since I got better the same day, but if it's something that could hurt other people, then it seems like something that should be brought to someone's attention.