Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Heath Bell Recovering From Typhoid Fever

I've been out of commission for several days now due some pretty severe drinking for fantasy football playoffs and then my computer started crashing harder than Lindsey Lohan after a typical Tuesday night. Aw, remember when that was topical? Luckily my my bouts with the Irish flu and my computer's sniffles weren't as serious as what Heath Bell recently went through.

Bell and his wife were in the midst of a vacation including tropical destinations such as Tavarua and Maui. I Google Earth'd Tavarua and it's in the Pacific Rim which I still thought was on the opposite side of the world from Hawaii. Damn you public schools, you've failed me yet again. Anyway, the Padres closer apparently picked up a little Typhoid fever as a souvenir in Tavarua and spent some time at the Maui hospital to get treated. From
Typhoid fever, if left untreated, can lead to intestinal complications, kidney failure and, in some cases, death.

"It's something I ate in Tavarua. It gets in your stomach and you usually flush it out. For whatever reason, my body didn't flush it out," Bell said on Wednesday.


"When we got to Hawaii, I had body aches, I was like, 'Man, what do I have?' I usually don't get sick," Bell said. "The next two nights, I couldn't stop sweating. She [Nicole] finally made me go to the ER on Thursday."
Bell spent three days at the hospital in Hawaii which I imagine has coconut jello and some kind of elaborate fruit based rum concoction with an umbrella in it. Bell should be just fine thanks to good old science. If this were 426 BC, Bell's Typhoid fever would have wiped out the entire NL West along with Athenian empire.

1 comment:

  1. Irresponsible reporting in my opinion... The author neglected to mention the other places Bell could have contracted Typhoid while visiting Fiji (airports, day trips to other islands, or the hotel they stayed coming/ going while on the main island of Viti Levu). I suppose the author shouldn't be blamed entirely. Tavarua had a full house on Island during that time and have not had another reported case of Typhoid ( from then or ever). Highly unlikely Bell's case was from Tavarua due to that fact alone so I'm not sure how Bell pinpointed it as "something he ate in Tavarua." Very unfair assumption, Tavarua sure doesn't deserve that negative publicity without evidence