Yesterday I made two significant discoveries during dinner: 1) Not only do I really not enjoy cooking, I don't know how to cook. It would have been good for me to consider this fact before I decided to do this. 2) I am not very partial to Pork and Beans. It would have been good for me to know this fact before I decided to buy two cans.
Today, in my continuing enlightenment of why I have never done this before, I discovered that not only do I not know how to cook, I'm so bad at cooking that I nearly killed myself after only one day of this project. Believe me, the rest of this month is bound to be interesting.
This is part of a month long challenge to eat well while spending an average of only $1 a day on food. You can find the beginning and the rules of this challenge here
So at about 3:00 AM I wake up with my stomach feeling a bit unsettled. I curse myself again for deciding to buy those Pork and Beans and look in my bag for some anti acids (while we are on this topic of enlightenment, deciding to house-sit for a fried on the day you begin a project like this isn't one of the smarter moves as well). I take then, doze of and on restlessly for another 2 hours and wake up again with my stomach hurting even more. I down another two ant acids and try to get some more sleep.
6:00 AM arrives and it is time for me to get up to feed the dog. My stomach is still unsettled, but not terrible. I jump into the shower. When I get out, all of a sudden I don't feel well at all and puke out my dinner for the night before (if I'm going to be doing that, I want alcohol to be involved). I instantly make the decision that I will never eat Pork and Beans again.
While praying to the porcelain god wasn't a good way to begin the morning, at least I feel a bit better (despite the lingering taste of stomach acid and Pork and Beans mixed together) and decide to walk the dog while I have a chance of not puking more along the way.
I finish the walk without incident and then need to decide if I should drive to meet my sister who asked me to walk with her in the morning. I decided that fresh air was treating me better than the inside of the house and opted to go.
I meet my sister at 8:00 and go for a short walk with her and Lizzie (the cream cheese thief). While I don'.t get sick, my stomach starts to hurt again and my head begins to throb. We get back and I take a swig of Pepto Bismol and a couple of Tylenol and head for the bed to try and rest it off.
I wake up about an hour later curled up in the fetal position afraid to move thinking that the pain, which can't possibly get worse, might if I move the wrong way (to all women with bad PMS – I will never, ever make light of it again). The pain would come in waves from “you should go to the hospital if it huts that bad” on the good side and “so, this is how it feels when people get their fingernails ripped off with pliers, only to my stomach.”
Deciding that to die on my bed after only one day of this challenge is not what I wanted my obituary to read, I drove myself to the hospital emergency room where they felt that I needed to be checked in.
This would be a good time to let everyone know that while I don't have an iron stomach, I lived 15 years in Japan where I ate all kinds of squirmy foods that most people would walk away from without a problem. I also have a pretty high pain threshold as my visit to the dentist in Mexico can attest.
Upon arriving in the emergency room, the nurse decided that I needed to be checked in and have a bunch of tests done. As I sat on the hospital bed getting blood drawn, an EKG, urine test, etc., the sharp pains began to subside and I was left with a tolerable consistent pain, although my stomach was tender to pressure.
After spending about 4 hours there and feeling somewhat better, the doctor said that I stomach virus, although there was a chance that I might have appendicitis. She decided to let me go with the promise that if the spiking pain came back, I was to immediately head to the emergency room again. Also, if my stomach was still tender the next day, to make an appointment with my doctor.
Since I wasn't feeling like eating anything in the morning and I wasn't allowed to eat while they were conducting tests at the hospital, I skipped both breakfast and lunch. With my stomach still a bit queasy, I have simply been snacking on Wheat Thins this evening and will give real food a try again in the morning. That certainly saved me a bit on food costs, but the doctor bill will definitely not make this a frugal month if my food was the cause of it (I did not have food poisoning which really would have been embarrassing…)
Since getting back home, I have simply been slowly snacking on the rest of the Wheat Thins mini box that I opened yesterday which seems to have settled my stomach a bit more. At one point I thought I would make myself some dinner (I since thought better of this as I'm hoping to stay out of the hospital tomorrow if at all possible) and went to the store where I purchased 2 avocados and 10 Philadelphia cream cheese minis (with the extra coupons I had collected yesterday and I even got a few more, but I need to use them by Tuesday when the promotion ends) for $0.06:
That gives me the following list of food which I can hopefully eat tomorrow if I am feeling better:
Money Spent $4.55
Money left to spend: 26.45
Retail Value of everything bought: $134.69
2 boxes of Quaker Instant oatmeal
14 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
1 package of Knudsen Light sour cream
2 lbs of carrots
4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
1 jar of Skippy All Natural peanut butter
2 cans of pork and beans
1 bag of long grain brown rice
2 packages of Mission 100% whole wheat tortillas (10 count each)
Donated Food to Food Bank that was purchased with my $1 a day
15 packs of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Minis
4 boxes (small) of Wheat Thins
1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner
1 Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-A-Clean bathroom cleaner refill