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 MLB.com...
Typhoid fever, if left untreated, can lead to intestinal complications, kidney failure and, in some cases, death.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.
"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."