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People Describe Their Worst Food Poisoning Horror Stories

January 26, 2021 2.3k votes 337 voters 13.2k views13 items

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Getting tainted food is basically a rite of passage in life. Chances are if you haven't had it yet, you will. But that doesn't mean that all food sickness experiences are created equal. These Redditors explained their over-the-top horrific time with food sickness.

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    She Spent The Entire Night In The Woods

    From Redditor u/irytek:

    A summer yachting trip with my parents when I was 12. I ate some kielbasa that wasn't fresh anymore. So I spent a whole night repeatedly shi**ing and vomiting in the woods while also on my period and crying. There was no toilet of any kind around and lots of people everywhere. My mom had to stand guard. That wasn't the longest case of food [sickness] I've had, but it's the worst.

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    They Had The Worst Weekend Of Their Life

    From Redditor u/HeIIo1:

    I have no idea if it was food [sickness] or a stomach flu - I did eat at a new Mexican restaurant that day - but, either way, it was the worst weekend of my life.

    I had just gotten home from work, and I was feeling shaky and weak. I ate a small meal and went to bed. Midnight rolls around and my stomach feels horrible. I need to sh*t. I run to the toilet and I sh*t out a disgusting neon yellow liquid that smelled like something literally [passed] in my a**hole. Every five minutes, I had to run back to the sh*tter. My a**hole was burning from wiping, so eventfully I just laid down in the shower watching the neon liquid go down the drain while praying for relief. I'd like to mention at some point during this ordeal, I shat out something blue, which is still a mystery to me.

    Three or four hours later, my colon was empty, and I didn't need to diarrhea anymore. But the fun wasn't over. Vomiting came next. Intense and [wicked]. I had no idea one could puke so much. I was dehydrated, but I couldn't keep anything down. Every sip of water felt like sweet relief after being lost in the desert for three days. Over and over and f*cking over again for hours.

    By this point, I was praying for [my demise]. My phone was downstairs on the charger, and I didn't have the energy to get to it or else I would've called a family member or an ambulance. I thought I was going to [pass], I was hoping for it. Eventually I fell asleep on the bathroom floor, when I woke up, I had enough energy to make it back to my bed, where I slept for 15 or so hours.

    When I woke up, I felt like I had the worst hangover ever. My pee was basically brown and my throat was on fire. I drink some water, ate a half slice of bread, watched some TV, and went back to bed. I didn't feel normal again for a week.

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    They Lost Their Ability To Speak

    From Redditor u/ohcomeonffsderpderp:

    Got botulism when I was 14 from an improperly canned container of fruit cocktail. Started puking uncontrollably and had unbelievable stomach pain... went to drink some water and it dribbled out of the front of my mouth... lost ability to speak and pronounce any sound shortly after. I don't remember what happened for almost an entire 36 hour period being in the hospital. It was gnarly.

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    A Paramedic Got Sick At An Awful Time

    From Redditor u/phoenix25:

    Not my story, but my paramedic mentor's:

    He and his partner were both fans of clam chowder, and there was a grocery store in their area that sold it, so they stopped to grab some while on lunch break. He got a regular, his partner got a large.

    Sure enough, their break was interrupted by an emergency call, and they respond to a house for chest pain. As they were assessing the patient, his partner began to look green and sweaty and told him that he needed to go outside. Shortly after, he heard his partner calling on the radio for a second unit to respond lights and sirens and a supervisor.

    My mentor was confused, but was finishing up on scene when he suddenly began to feel very sick. Luckily, the second unit arrived in time for him to run outside and puke on the front lawn. Both went home in the back of the ambulance, shi**ing and puking (they refused transport to hospital, I don't blame them).

    Turns out, the grocery store had hired a new employee, who had gotten confused about which counter was for chopping meat and which was for chopping veggies/potatoes. Which would have been fine with any other kind of soup, but with chowder, you don't bring it to a full boil. The veggies and potatoes were chopped on a counter containing raw chicken blood/juice, then heated up for several hours at a temperature just perfect for reproduction of bacteria.

    I can't see a food counter at a grocery store the same way since.