While resting in bed with a side of YouTube, my stomach began to churn. Nausea crept up from within, without a cause knownst to me. I peeled myself away from the cozy covers and headed towards the bathroom. By this point, I had begun experiencing dizziness and lightheadness. Before long, the stomach pains intensified. Clutching onto my stomach, I bent over, unable to utter a word in response.
"I don't feel well." I recall meekly saying amidst the misery. Then, the memory is cut short.
When I came to consciousness, I had turned 180 degrees from my original position, head against the bathtub and glasses on the floor beside me. Breathing heavily, I realized that I was breaking out in cold sweat. My eyelids, being too heavy to raise, remained in their resting position, shielding my pupils from the dazzling rays of the bathroom spotlights. In that moment, I could not speak.
It would appear to be food poisoning, with a side of faintness.
Lastly, I would confirm green tea and low intake of lean red meat as the final blow. The West Coast had offered plentiful sources of fish for my enjoyment, but been stringent on its supply - and consequently my intake - of pork.
This rare yet familiar fainting spell had not occurred in many years. Around 1 AM, my condition seemed to stabilize. Legs and fingers were still weak, but I managed to lug myself to bed for a well deserved night of rest.
Lunch was secured via the ever-trusty UberEats. From Happy Day Cafe, I found solace in a Congee and Steamed Rice Roll Combo. The set included a Steamed Plain Rice Roll (淨腸粉) and permitted selection of a Fish Fillet Congee (516 魚片粥) with a $1.15 surcharge.
Both items were delicious, and the Plain Rice Rolls incredibly so. The peanut-hoisin blend was viscous and sweet, while the soy fluid and savoury.
The worst case scenario, a ticket adjustment, had scarcely been avoided.