I planned out our Valentine’s week vacation starting last February. Scheduled the room, bought two season passes last summer, paid for a semi-private ski lesson for her (5 person vs a 20 group), all out.
Got there Saturday, rented boots for her, and skis and poles for us. Got settled and Sunday morning, went to Winter Park. Took a bit to find her class and I headed up to get my legs back. Been 8 years since I’d been up so it took a couple of runs to get it back. Finally at 3:30 I headed down, picked her up, back to the room and out to dinner.
Personally I’m partial to Chicken Marsala so I ordered Pollo al Marsala. Fettuccini was a bit cheesier than I prefer and virtually no marsala flavor in my opinion. An okay meal but not outstanding. I once gave a $20 tip directly to a cook due to an outstanding Chicken Marsala I had for dinner.
Anyway, 4am rolls around. Up, bathroom, NOW!
Food poisoning. I spent the day Monday either in bed or in the bathroom with dinner making its escape any way it could. By the third time, I was releasing Friday’s breakfast and hoping for death. Jeanne comforted me and made sure I had fluids to stay hydrated. Fruit Juice Gatorade is horrible.
I felt a bit better that night and Tuesday we tentatively headed out for breakfast. I opted for oatmeal and toast and was only able to eat about half and a couple of bites of toast. We did some slight walking but I was pretty weak. But not hungry. All day.
We finally hit a different place for Valentine’s dinner. I had trout to have something mild but only had about half. Still full feeling from breakfast.
Wednesday morning. Now Jeanne is ill. I suspect close association due to us being in the one room while I was sick. I did wash hands and face and brush teeth but floating particles and all. As I was still full feeling, easily out of breath, and weak, I said we should just bail 2 days early. We won’t be well enough to ski but at least we’ll be away from the pest hole.
Took several pauses in getting packed and out. I helped Jeanne out, checked out (and yes, informed the staff -again- about our sickness and the room). Two hour ride home, not too bad. Didn’t need to stop. Washed -all- clothes whether or not we wore them. Crashed Thursday.
I checked in with my health care provider. “Hey, still liquid poo, feel full, ideas?” She said probably an inflamed intestinal tract. Eat bland foods for a few days to reduce irritation and it’ll get better. So bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, and toast. Better today but not fully restored.
So. We skied for a few hours Sunday. Wheee.
On the plus side, Jeanne was super worried about learning to ski. She’s a lot more confident and ready to go again, maybe for a Saturday jaunt in 2 weeks.
But meals next time are at Wendy’s!