After seeing a television news story about cyclospora Tuesday night, Judy Hiltunen is sure she just had it.
“I just looked at it and said, 'Oh my gosh,' and my daughter called me and said, 'Mom, that is what we have. We had every symptom,'” said Hiltunen.
She and her daughter went out for dinner and ordered salads three weeks ago. The next day or so, they were both really sick.
“I have never had anything like it in my life before. It was miserable,” she added.
Hiltunen had just left for vacation.
“No energy. I had no energy, no appetite, Hultunen said. "Running to the bathroom. Just wanted to sleep, sleep, sleep the whole time. Stomach pains. Every time I ate something, my stomach would hurt,” said Hiltunen.
As soon as she got home from vacation, she went to the doctor, who prescribed antibiotics.
Finally, this past Monday, Hiltunen started to feel better.
“If you have it, go to the doctor because it won't get better if you don’t,” she said.