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Oh my God.
Not a phrase that I use very much, as it seems to be devalued by the use of it every 30 seconds by almost every teenage girl on the planet.
But in its real sense, an apt description of the effects of the much reported Noro virus. Picture the scene if you will, A local TV news reporter under an umbrella, microphone in their other hand, stood outside the front doors of a local hospital reporting that a ward has closed due to 'an out break of Noro Virus'. These things never really meant very much to me before, it just didn't feature on my radar. Untill now anyway.
I got up for work at 06:00 as normal, only to hear the sound of my partner in the bathroom throwing up like there was no tomorrow. So I jump out of bed to rush to her aid only to find that that act of moving from horizontal to vertical made my head swim with nausea.
All I can say is that it was just as well that she had concluded her vomiting session and flushed the loo, as I had to immediately park myself on the still warm seat.
I didn't even have time to get a proper bucket, so the bathroom 'swing-bin' can now add a second use to it advertsing sloggans, as bad things exploded out of me from both ends with toe-curling ferocity.
I have had stomach bugs before, I have been on the wrong end of food poisoning (on board an RN warship at sea, which was no joke) but these seemingly horrendous incidents were just a shadow, a mere imitation, a pale ersatz of the Gastro-intestinal violation that is the Noro Virus.
Every 20 to 30 minutes the iron clamps would sieze my intestines and screw them up into a mess that few surgeons would recognise. I would then crawl, yes, literaly crawl (my legs would not support me) to the bathroom, haul myself onto the much abused toilet and grab the impromptu 'sick bucket', spray the porcelane with yellow, water like poo whilst wretching on an empty stomach for the twentieth time, shaking uncontrollably.
All I can say is that it is just as well that the UK has such stringent gun laws, because if I had a hand gun within reach, well, it would have been an option, lets just put it that way...

So ladies and gentlemen, if you have to visit a friend or relative in hospital, and you see those dispensers with alcohol hand gel in them, use it.
Get yourself a pocket size alcohol gel bottle and use it!
Trust me on this, you don't want to meet Noro Virus...
 

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And eloquent, almost Shakespearian description of the vile bug.:cheers:
 

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Oh my God.
So ladies and gentlemen, if you have to visit a friend or relative in hospital, and you see those dispensers with alcohol hand gel in them, use it.
Get yourself a pocket size alcohol gel bottle and use it!
Trust me on this, you don't want to meet Noro Virus...
I feel bad that I was actually laughing, entirely due to the manner in which you described the episode. That said, once I was done laughing I realized just how much I DON'T want to personally know anything about the norovirus.

About the alcoholic rub, apparently it's not so useful for that particular bug because it has a "lipid envelope". What you need is a chlorine-based hand wash.

from wikipedia:
Hand washing is an effective method to reduce the spread of norovirus pathogens. Sanitizing of surfaces where the norovirus may be present is recommended. Alcohol rubs are not very effective at dealing with Norovirus.
 

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Matt... there was a Norovirus outbreak in our area (Western Virginia), and they had to quarantine parts of a local old folk's home because of it...

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/232952

My 6 month old son brought it home from his day-care, and I got it a couple weekends ago... your description of the misery caused by this bug is spot-on. Fortunately it lasted only about 3 days.

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water kills about 98% of all known germs alcohol is much less affective, whatever - - - - wash your handy wandies girls and boys other wise you might just end up talking to god down that old porcelain telephone, you have been warned.
 

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I was at party which was organised by my friend who came from Uk, guess what me and other friend of mine nesxt day were sick. I loost 5.5 kg of weight in circa 6 hours.
 

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I loost 5.5 kg of weight in circa 6 hours.
Hey, we should bottle it and sell it to Weight Watchers for £10 a bottle.

At nearly 17 stone I would even consider buying some as I'm about 70 lbs overweight.
 

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Well written Matt. I feel for you as many of my work colleagues have suffered over the christmas period but on the good side, they never had to put dieting on their New Years resolution list as they all lost at least a stone!!
On the alcohol hand rub, its better to use soap and water.
 

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I work in the NHS, having worked for most trusts in the West Midlands, and now on a short term contract with a Trust in the South East of England.

I take this very serious, although it seems as though some visitors to hospitals, sadly think that they are visiting family and friends in a "home" environment.

I have worked in hospitals, where only 2 visitors are allowed in the ward at anyone time, and they are escorted to a sink and told to thoroughly wash their hands and lower arms. And they are watched.

I know that Norwich Hospital has closed all its wards to visitors.

Allthough whilst working for a trust in Staffordshire before Xmas, one of the directors actually caught the virus from visiting Center Parcs.

He lost nearly 2 stone in less than 4 days. Which is not very healthy.
 

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Hand washing, then the gel stuff, yep I've seen the posters....
Anyway, it is a very extreme way to lose 8 pounds in 3 hours, I havn't put it back on yet as my stomach complains when I put anywhere near normal amounts of food into it. So I'm on half rations (not a bad thing to be honest).
But what is bad is the horrendous flatulence, I mean I'm a bloke, ex Royal Navy, so I'm not a prude, but holy crap, my arse is rumbling like a volcano that would send seismologists into frenzy. I am contemplating digging out my old service issue respirator, the one with the biological warfare canister should do it.
I'm not sure what is going on down there, but whatever it is, it's not right.

So Pete, I know that you are into a bit of M&S (those 'Blue Harbour clothes are very good value) but good god man, I believe that Noro Virus would be too far even for your eccentric proclivities.
But if your sure...For the right price, I could spit in a jar for you...
 

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Hand washing, then the gel stuff, yep
But if your sure...For the right price, I could spit in a jar for you...
xaxaxax i thought about the same but hurry up, noro virus is expeled from body for 4to 6 week after symptoms ;)
 

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For the right price, I could spit in a jar for you...
My wife says that if it means I'll loose a few stone fast she'll pay for it out of her own money.
 

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sounds almost like what was happening to me untill i was diagnosed celiac, intolerance to wheat, gluten, msg (e621) and sugar, not good
 

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I saw a gluten-free beer the other day... can't remember the brand, though... Redbridge, maybe?
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