|Ankara to Gaziantep, Turkey|
HOWEVER, we ended up not playing the game on Friday and traveled home because 7 players and a couple coaches on our team got FOOD POISONING from our hotel dinner the night before. I was one of the players that got it but not an extreme case like some of my teammates and coaches. It was unbelievable. Our dinner the night before consisted of some type of minced meat (apparently not fresh). That night I went to bed feeling just fine until around 3am when all of a sudden I had extreme diarrhea like you wouldn't believe (no vomiting). That lasted all night long. Immediately I knew that it was something that I had eaten. That morning I woke up to our trainer knocking on the door saying that I need to go to the hospital to get my blooded check. I thought how in the heck did he know I was on the toilet all night. I find out that I was one of many guys up all night, as I stated before. I say that I did not have the extreme case because some of my fellow teammates and coaches were up all night vomiting and diarrhea. So, I go to the hospital to get my blood drawn (test came back that I had bacteria/food poisoning in my blood) and I walk into a big room filled with my teammates and coaches laying on gurneys with IV's. I wish I would have taken a picture and posted it on here. It was quiet the sight. Members of a professional basketball team all side by side in one big room getting treated for food poisoning. They ask me if I wanted IV's for my body but I politely refused (at this time it was around 11am and I felt better). That day I basically laid around resting and getting fluids back into my system. Thursday night one of our trainers came into our room and said that we are leaving back to Ankara tomorrow morning (Friday) after breakfast. So no game! We ended the tournament 1-1 with a lot of dehydrated, stomach grumbling, scared to eat, and not impressed players. Not to mention we had a 10 hour bus ride home on Friday.
It felt good getting back to the apartment last night and eating some food that I knew was legit. I feel 100% better today and am looking forward to getting back on the court tomorrow afternoon. Our team is making strides in every aspect of the game. It is great seeing us all improve day by day. We need to continue to do that the rest of the year if we want to meet our goal. That pretty much sums up an exciting week of basketball, road trip, and food poisoning. As I mentioned before I am thrilled to go to a movie with my wife tonight, relax, and not worry about food haha! I hope you all have a blessed weekend. I look forward to posting again soon. God Bless... Colossians 3:17! LOOK IT UP :)
|At our newly found bar & grill in Ankara|