This week has been an frightening experience. Remember when I told you all that I had the stomach flu last week? It turns out that I have giardia instead. No, NOT gonorrhea (my brother-in-law texted me to ask about this to be funny), GIARDIA. I ran a half marathon last weekend with a parasite in me. No wonder I felt like crap. Gross. Fun times.
I thought that I was feeling better from my “stomach flu” from last week until a couple of days ago when I started to feel like crap again. I thought it was odd that my stomach flu had lasted so long. Kai has been sick since last week too, but the hubs and I are used to him eating some random item from the dog park and it not agreeing with him. Weims have such sensitive stomachs. He had gotten worms a couple of months ago, and we had to take a fecal sample into the vet to just make sure that the worms were gone for good. That is when I got a call back on Tuesday night about him having giardia. Say what???
Climbing into bed that night, I started to put two and two together. Hmmmm….I have all the symptoms of giardia. The next morning I made an appointment with my doc, and sure enough, I have giardia too. Lovely. I almost feel like I should have been able to enjoy a 3rd world country at least, and then contract giardia.
Just in case you are wondering, I did a little research on giardia since it is kind of a random thing to get. I was laughing at myself all yesterday afternoon because only I would get this without camping or traveling to a third world country and drinking the water.
A giardia is a parasitic intestinal infection. The symptoms include: diarrhea, nausea, bloating, extreme dehydration, fatigue, and weight loss.
You can contract it by:
- drinking water contaminated by infected animal/human feces like from a pool, lake, or stream
- having anal sex with an infected person (All I have to say to this is: EWWW! EXIT ONLY, EXIT ONLY!)
- eating contaminated food like maybe crop supplies contaminated by infected runoff (one more reason to wash your veggies/fruits!!)
- changing diapers (ACK!!) Outbreaks in child care centers are becoming increasingly common.
When I saw the doc and told her about my puppy getting giardia, she asked if I had been kissing my dog. I said, “Why yes, I had!” Let me just tell you, I don’t literally make-out with my dog, but his ears are so soft that I feel the need to shower them with kisses when I see him. He is my baby. Well, it turns out that kissing a puppy after he has been drinking from and rolling around in feces giardia infected puddles at the dog park is NOT a good idea.
Both Kai and I are on the same medication: Metronidazole (Flagyl) to get rid of this parasite ravaging our bodies. The medication also causes nausea so I’m also on an anti-nausea medication. AND, I CANNOT drink while on it. Apparently, you get get violently ill if you drink alcohol while on this medication. Perfect timing for Fitbloggin. So much for my sangrias. ;( It takes 2-6 weeks for your body to naturally get rid of the parasite so I’m up for the 5 days of hell taking the medication. I want it OUT!!!
For my fitbloggin friends this weekend, unless I decide to act like a monkey and throw my poop at you or perform those other activities on the list (which I don’t plan on doing at all!), you are not at risk of contracting this parasite from me. The doc said that just one day of being on the meds should pretty much kill them all anyway.
I just feel SO dirty. One thing is for sure, Kai is getting a bath EVERY single time he plays in the puddles at the dog park!
I just can’t get over how random this post is.
Any weird diseases you wish to share about??