How I stayed hydrated while puking my brains out
Nothin’ like a touch of food poisoning to have you cutting deals with your maker about how you swear you will be a better person, be kinder, eat healthier, love your family more…
From 1 a.m. until the sun came up, one violent wave after another emptying every last bit of anything left in my belly. No, this wasn’t an average throw up fest, this was, “Get it all out and now”.
Whew. I felt like someone punched me in the stomach and then hit me over the head, repeatedly!
In the middle of all of it I crawled into the kitchen, isn’t it amazing that nobody in the house woke up? That is the difference between mommies and regular folk. We hear one little movement or sneeze in the next room and we are up and on it… Not a soul in the house budges while I was moaning and groaning in the bathroom.
Anyway, I emerged from our lovely bathroom and crawled to the kitchen. (Don’t worry — I am getting to the reason why you are reading about this gross drama).
This is the drink I made to keep from becoming dehydrated. I was weak, my skin felt dry, my stomach hurt, my head was pounding, argh, not a good night. Anyway I had the sense enough to remember how to take care of myself. I made this fennel tea electrolyte drink.
I fixed my drink, went back to bed and just sipped on it throughout the entire next day while I stayed in bed. I definitely couldn’t eat anything, so I just drank this very soothing, healing electrolyte tea all day long.
When I investigated as to why I had food poisoning, it turns out that the leftovers I heated up after coming home at 6 p.m., had been left out since early in the day without my knowing it. It really is a good idea to put the food back in the fridge…
Well, I lived to write about it…
While I was barfing my guts out I heard a voice in my head, “This isn’t just about the food you ate, you are purging, you know, letting go of something.” I said, oh yeah, well get it out. And then the voice asked me, “What are you letting go of? The answer came to me immediately. Let go of your grief.
Seven years ago, when my son was 3 years old, my mom died at a young age. I have had a cloud of gloom hanging over my life ever since. It isn’t that I haven’t been able to let my mom go, but letting go of the grandmother to my son has been a whole different thing.
Every wonderful thing he does, the first time he jumped from the high dive, how he climbs 100 feet into the trees, when he cooked his first pie… All of these amazing life experiences just somehow feel dimmed by not being able to share them with her.
She was my best friend and my right hand woman.
She was ALL about being Gabriel’s grandma. She was always there for us and always had the right thing to say. She lived close to us and our lives were intricately intertwined. We thought we were going to be raising Gabriel with her as a main player. You never know what life is going to bring.
It has been long enough; she just isn’t here to help you raise your son. Period. Claim your life, Kami, enjoy the life you have been given even though it is not the life you thought you were going to live. Let it go. Love your life, enjoy every moment with your son, even though you can’t call your mom and tell her about how he helped build the barn today.
Well, gotta make something out of spending the night hugging the toilet…
Anyway. If you ever find yourself in this kind of situation, you don’t want to get dehydrated. So the original intent of this writing was to share my really useful hydration tea.
May you never need it.
Electrolyte Fennel Tea (hydration tea)
A great remedy for hydration if you find yourself de-hydrated or losing fluids due to sickness.
4 cups water
3 tablespoons dried fennel seed
1 teaspoon dried marshmallow root
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon honey
- Place dried fennel seed into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel Revere pots; glass and enamel pots also work well
- Bring water and fennel seed to a boil and then immediately turn off the fire
- Add marshmallow root
- Let herbs steep for ½ hour
- Using a metal strainer, remove the fennel and marshmallow from the tea
- Add salt, baking soda and honey and mix well
Drink up to three or four cups a day warm or at room temperature