Why you may see less news on EastIdahoNews.com in the coming days

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It’s been an eventful few days for all of us at EastIdahoNews.com.

On Wednesday, we held a pre-Thanksgiving pot luck lunch with ham, turkey, cheese, rolls and several delicious sides. The food was amazing.

Thanksgiving afternoon I started to feel a little off – headaches, stomach cramps, aches and pains. That night ended up being the worst night of my life.

At 1 a.m., I woke with severe chills but I was dripping sweat. My legs felt like I had run a marathon. My head hurt so bad that I was having delusions and it seemed like someone was pounding a hammer into every crevice of my brain.

Unbeknownst to me, nearly every other EastIdahoNews.com team member was experiencing the same thing.

Friday morning the pain didn’t leave. One of us went to the emergency room and was quickly admitted to the hospital. He has been near sepsis and, at one point, had a fever of 104 degrees.

The diagnosis? A severe case of salmonella poisoning.

Seven of us have it. Only two haven’t come down with any symptoms (and hopefully won’t).

This is obviously having an effect on our operation and, while we will strive to bring you as much news as we possibly can, you may see a little less content than you normally would.

More importantly we have been reminded that salmonella is a serious thing. We may think lettuce, turkey, cereal and other recalls are ridiculous but believe me – once you’ve gone through this, you will never want to experience it again.

Hopefully all of us will be back to full health in the coming days.

Here are some symptoms of salmonella poisoning courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:

Salmonella infection is usually caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. The incubation period ranges from several hours to two days. Most salmonella infections can be classified as stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Possible signs and symptoms include:

Nausea
Vomiting
Abdominal cramps
Diarrhea
Fever
Chills
Headache
Blood in the stool

Signs and symptoms of salmonella infection generally last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, although it may take several months before bowels return to normal.

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