On the weekend my beloved suggested we go to a restaurant. A new and fairly ambitious one she'd had her eye on. I like restaurants, although navigating menus is often hard as I can't eat wheat or dairy. I like to choose a plain meat and veg dish. Scanning the menu, I realise there were few meat and veg dishes on offer, and what they had was anything but plain. Duck hearts on sauerkraut. Hmm. Offal is supposed to be good for you right? I decided to be brave and order it. The dish came out and was exactly as described. Perhaps eight little hearts , each one slightly larger than bite-size, on a pile of cabbage. It was a first for me and it tasted pretty good! One thing I noticed was that the hearts were fairly pink in the middle. I tried not to worry. At a restaurant of this calibre, I assured myself, food quality standards were being met. I ate all the hearts, and sent text messages joking that I had consumed the hearts of my enemies and now had the strength of ten ducks. That was Friday. Saturday passed without incident. Sunday started well. But by the end of the day I started to feel a bit odd. Monday was a weird one. I was not hungry, and my morning coffee made me jittery, and then in the afternoon I experienced an acute and extremely rapid crash with fatigue and cramping. Tuesday the gut symptoms began. Otherwise it was like Monday. A three-hour mid-arvo nap was necessary to keep me ticking and I completely lost control of my body temperature. I felt like I was freezing. I've probably never had a fever so intense. I took a lot of paracetamol. I was struggling to figure out what was causing my symptoms. Was it a curry I ate on Sunday? A new supplement? Gut trouble and fatigue are hardly unprecedented reactions for me. It was only on Tuesday night, which I spent mostly awake, shivering and transiting back and forth to the amenities, that I realised this was way beyond a regular PEM attack or gut problem. I needed an extraordinary explanation for this extraordinary set of symptoms. The duck hearts suddenly stood out. The internet informs me that several days is a normal incubation period for Salmonella, that it casues fatigue cramping and diarrhea. I'm moderately confident this is what I have. I'm taking lots of liquids and panadol. My one hope is that I fall into the group of people Ron Davis was recently discussing who recover entirely after a strong infection!