It was the 4th of July weekend in 1976. Everyone was geared up for the Bicentennial. On that Friday, I ate in the seminary cafeteria. For dessert, I had pineapple upside down cake. A few hours later, I started to feel a little queasy, so I went to the 3rd floor bathroom in the dorm. Most of the dorm's residents had left for the holiday weekend. I had nausea.
I don't want to sound too gross here, but just to say I stayed in the bathroom all night. I had food poisoning, probably from the eggs in the cake. I was the sickest I had ever been. I couldn't keep anything down. That Saturday morning, I mustered up enough energy to walk from the dorm to the infirmary and found it was closed for the holiday. I suppose anyone reading this would wonder why I didn't go to the emergency room of a hospital. I don't know why other than I was so sick I couldn't think straight. I spent all day Saturday in the bathroom until I passed out from lack of sleep and energy. Sunday was the 4th of July, and I had made it a point to go to church. Somehow, I managed to pull myself together and got to church. I was so weak that I could barely stand up. I had to pull myself up from the pew just to stand. After church, I went back to the dorm and continued being sick.
Now came Monday. There were no classes on Monday. I proved to myself that I could drive in the condition I was in, so I drove over to the mall to get to a drug store. I bought a bottle of Pepto Bismol and went out to my car. I sat in my car and drank the entire bottle in the parking lot. Now, I do not suggest that someone do this for food poisoning, but it worked for me. I was able to eat some crackers and drink some soda. I got back to some normality and was able to go back to class the next day. I have a very high metabolism, and I have a hard time putting on weight. Until 2008, I weighed the same thing I weighed in 8th grade, which was 115 lbs. (I weigh more now) I am not suggesting than someone who wants to lose weight should try food poisoning. It is not fun.