So I just had my very first trip to the ER this week. I was in LA for an interview with a very well known game company on Wednesday, was scheduled to fly back to Seattle that evening. After eating breakfast I noticed that I felt really full, which seemed surprising since it wasn’t that much food, but whatever, I would just go easy at lunch time. Lunch comes around and the feeling is still there, so I go light hoping that it will resolve itself by the time I have dinner. But no, the feeling is still there hours later after the interviews are done and I’m on my way to LAX. I also start getting nauseous on the ride over and at this point I’m thinking I probably ate something bad.
While at the airport, the slight nausea becomes extreme nausea and the thought of food doubles me over, but never more than that. I also start developing a fever and cold sweats while drinking as much water as I can. Eventually it gets to the point where I realize I’m not going to be in shape to fly, so I start heading towards the gate counter. I didn’t make it though as my legs collapse beneath me and all my limbs go numb and start seizing up. I end up on the floor for the next hour as my body goes through multiple waves of going numb, overheating, shivering, and generally having a terrible time. At one point I take an anti-nausea pill one of the airport medics gave me and that finally forces my stomach to vomit up its contents into a trash can, giving some relief to my stomach but the other symptoms remained. Eventually I ended up in the ER where they basically confirm that it was just food poisoning, the fever and seizing were related and not a sign of something worse.
By the time I got out of the ER, there wasn’t enough time to really sleep it off before my rescheduled flight, so I went right back to LAX and tried to nap as best I could. After finally get home around noon yesterday, I spent the rest of the day sleeping and trying to eat what I could. This was by far the worse poisoning I’ve ever gotten.
And to top it off I didn’t even get the job.
TL;DR - Got food poisoning, collapsed and threw up in the middle of a busy LAX terminal, went to ER, whole trip ended up being a wash.