Have just spent a truly wretched few hours suffering from food poisoning.
There was nothing in my normal lunch, a wholemeal seeded roll with cheese tomato and spring onion to cause any such dire result, though I did have some potato salad and drank a glass of smoothie with it.
An hour later I had agonising pain in my stomach which was blown up to football proportions, and could neither sit nor walk easily.
I'll lie down for a while I thought, see if it will ease the pain.
It got steadily worse till I was groaning and sweating and then was violently sick, then again and a third time.
Beginning to think of calling an ambulance, I rang the local surgery instead and when one of the GPs rang back was advised to simply - yes you've guessed it - lie down, sip cold water and wait for it to pass.
After another delightful throwing-up session I slept for four hours like a log and woke pain free.
Sipped more water, read for an hour or so slept again for a couple of hours and apart from feeling a bit
wobbly am now wide awake, and in full insomnia mode.
Not a pleasant experience and still at something of a loss as to the cause, I am nevertheless truly gratefull for the fact that I have the constitution of an ox and get over such things in half the time most of my peers take to do so.
Scarcely a matter of great interest to any but the oddest of readers but still worth noting that we are all prone to such (fortunately rare) manifestations of our human condition.
I know it's summer solstice and I am a Celt, but really there must be better ways to celebrate.