My wife and I went out for dinner at a local restaurant last night. I ate a calzone; she had roast beef and fries. Later, as we were getting ready to go to bed, she suddenly felt ill, ran to the bathroom and got sick. It didn’t last too long – maybe 10 minbutes or so. After that she complained a bit of stomach cramps, but nothing too serious, and there was no repeat performance. She immediately assumed that it was food poisoning and was due to the roast beef she ate (which was medium rare, but not bloody). I am not sure for two reasons:
- the elapsed time between her finishing dinner and getting sick was no more than 90 minutes.
- I ate about one-third of the roast beef myself, and felt no ill effects.
Do you think this is food poisoning? I would hate to cross off a perfectly good restaurant from our list if my wife’s illness was due to something else. I should add that she has been fairly stressed due to work lately and we were actually discussing her work during dinner.
I am also rather intrigued about whether all people are equally susceptible to food poisoning. I mean, if a dozen people all eat the same contaminated food, would all 12 get ill?