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Chronicles of Retching
So, my little family's been sick for most of the last, oh, couple of months. Respiratory illnesses, flu-like symptoms, and... we've been throwing up, shall we say, more than usual. All four of us.

For example, about a month ago when Monica was particularly sick, she took about three different cold symptom medicines and washed it down with a large glass of Crystal Light... and promptly threw it all up. Weird medicinal interactions, we figured.

Day before yesterday, I got up, went downstairs, drank a glass of water from the tap, and had the last of an old bag of raisin bran... and promptly threw up. I remember thinking the cereal tasted kind of moldy.

Then, this morning, on a hunch, I went down to the basement and checked the water softener tank, inside which I found a dead mouse. Floating in the water. That we drink everyday. It had obviously been there for quite some time, given the exquisitely delicate, fibrous mold structures that were radiating up from it, like so much van der Graaf cotton candy. I'm sorry I didn't have the presence of mind to snap a picture for you, but I was too busy saying omigod omigod. And thinking, It's been at least a couple of months since I last added salt or checked that tank.

To all the house guests and dinner guests we've had in the last several weeks, I can only offer my meekest and most heartfelt apologies.

Current Location: home
Current Mood: nauseated nauseated

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tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: February 4th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: bleeueuueuuchchchhhh

Yeah - although were I a responsible homeowner, as I imagine you are, and was checking my water softener tank every couple of weeks instead of every couple of months, we could have foregone several weeks of vomitousness.

Hey, I've been thinking about doing your water manifold thing, although I don't know that it will happen this year. It's probably beyond my reach at this point, really. It took me over 8 hrs just to disconnect, drain, disinfect the salt tank, reconnect, sanitize the resin tank, and recharge my softener. Including a trip to the Sears parts store for the parts I broke in the process.

It reoccurred to me today, in part, because the U tube of the softener discharge drain pipe fell apart in my hands today. I mean, I know I'm freakishly strong, but still... it didn't inspire confidence as to the quality of the pipes I can't see...
slightlyjillian From: slightlyjillian Date: February 4th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
That's terrible! Ew ew ew. I'm glad you found it. Ew. Ew.

I think I'll stick to the stories of bananas that fall behind microwaves.
j3npayn3 From: j3npayn3 Date: February 4th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my lord. My lord.

Sorry...I'm laughing. That's a funny story in a really really awful way.
quirky_layne From: quirky_layne Date: February 4th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
EW, Ew, ew...ick.
I should have known not to read all of that.

I'm so glad I planned my visit for late February.
fdmts From: fdmts Date: February 4th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Home ownzorship

Given that it's superbowl sunday, I'll refrain from the heartfelt hug, and instead offer a hearty, back-slapping, heterosexual-male-affection-level approved: "Wow man, that sucks."

I do *so* love home ownership.
madgraceflint From: madgraceflint Date: February 4th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agh, gack-- that's quite awful! I'm glad they just cleaned our water tank this past week, though we always drink boiled water, but still... eeeewwww.

I hope all of you feel much better SOON.
dearliza From: dearliza Date: February 4th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeeww. That is gross! I think that beats all of my Dairy Queen stories. Except maybe maggots in the ice cream. Gross.

harambee78 From: harambee78 Date: February 5th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
A tale of caution for someone thinking of installing a water softening this year sometime (me).

Are you sure you don't have something serious from this? Like, oh, the PLAGUE? Maybe you should get checked out to make sure?

Hey, totally unrelated, but didn't G W Bush just come by the Caterpillar plant where you work a week or so ago? Did you get to see him? Hang with him? Horseback ride with him?
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: February 5th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bush visited the track-type tractor facility in East Peoria, a good 40 min away from the tech center and engine development plant where I work up in Mossville. So he wasn't able to swing by, and well, neither was I.
shimmin From: shimmin Date: February 5th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
This takes me back to my grade school days of "What's grosser than gross?"

-- What's gross?

-- A dead mouse.

-- What's grosser than gross....
sjepearson03 From: sjepearson03 Date: February 5th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Dave. I am horrified for you all. I seriously can't think of anything grosser. I want to echo Harambee 78's comment regarding getting checked out. Maybe the dr. can check you (or at least the lil boys') blood and stuff for parasites or those kinds of things. We spent a good two hours trying to get Emma to pee in a cup last week. It ain't fun and I STRONGLY suggest each parent taking a kid to each bathroom. Doing it with Andrew in the room, was, well, not as awful as finding a decomposing mouse in your drinking water. I am so so so so sorry.
darceyrene From: darceyrene Date: February 5th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what to say other than reiterate what the others have said. Wow, you have um, interesting, stories.
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leque From: leque Date: February 6th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, at least you got a good story out of it... and it's the first non-vegetarian water we've ever heard of.
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