Throw Up Stresses Traveler

January 29, 2012

in Illness/Medical Stories

On Wednesday my family and I took a flight from Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) to Germany. I hate flying, and have awful anxiety about it, so I decided to take a Valium that I got from the doctor.

Earlier in the week, my brother caught the flu and was sick. We were all worried we would get sick for this flight (it was approximately 7 hours), so we Lysoled everything he touched and used a lot of hand sanitizer. After feeling perfectly fine all week, I had not a touch of nausea at all until 3 hours into the flight. I started sweating (and it was freezing on the plane) and felt sick to my stomach. I went to the lavatory and nothing happened, but I felt better after getting up and walking. I sat back down for about 20 minutes and suddenly, with no warning, threw up all over myself. Thankfully I was around my family and no one else saw me throw up. We got a flight attendant and she gave me a bag and some towels to try to clean myself up. My jeans were covered in poorly cleaned up vomit for the remaining 4 hours.

I’m not sure if I had a bad reaction to the Valium, or got the bug that my brother had, but I’m fine now. It was probably the single most embarrassing moment of my life. (Sorry if this was gross or TMI.)

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Michelle February 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I feel for you! It was probably a touch of the flu and not the Valium, as I take one almost every time I fly and have never had a problem. If it makes you feel any better, I too had a touch of the stomach bug while flying several years ago….except it was coming out the other end. Awful!


jennifer February 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Eeew! That must have been awful. You ought to write a story about it.


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