I live in a duplex in an old house with my cat and friend.
We have an electric stove, gas water heater, and not many windows that open.
About a week-two weeks ago it became very hard to sleep, though I was ALWAYS tired (even after sleeping for what is normally enough sleep for me). This has continued and my sleep schedule has been absolutely horrible. It was also around this time that my cat would whine a lot at night, as if she was trying to warn us of something. She is normally very quiet unless if she needs her litter changed or food, and she didn't need either.
Yesterday I woke up around 3pm feeling extremely dizzy and nauseous. Anytime I would move I would feel like I was falling in some vortex. My stomach started to feel as if I could throw up (it got so annoying that I tried but didn't work). More sleep was my first thought, so I went back to sleep. I woke up even more dizzy and nauseous. My friend was too. I figured, maybe I was hungry as I didn't have a good meal in a while. I had to force myself to eat some toast. I had absolutely no appetite. He didn't either, and we both also had the chills. These seemed like flu symptoms, and since we live so close it seemed logical that we would both have it. So we decided to go out and get some soup and light food since there was none in the house. We both felt digustingly dizzy and disorientated with headaches and stomach pains.
But! Magically after driving for a while with the fresh air coming through the windows we both felt A LOT better. And even better after eating and being out for a while.
We figured, maybe the house is just stuffy.
So we went back feeling rejuvenated to only begin to feel horrible again.
He makes the suggestion of carbon monoxide poisoning, and I remember my friend telling me of this happening in her apartment building. After looking up the symptoms they match perfectly.
We go out and buy two detectors.
One goes off inside our house. To make sure it's not just weird we tried it outside and it didn't go off.
I called the gas company, they sent someone out. (this was around midnight) He says "IT'S NOT POSSIBLE! you have no gas appliances!"
Our neighbors might have.
He checked the levels with his CO level tester, and says they're nothing abnormal. (What is nothing abnormal? I've heard any amount over a prolonged period of time can cause brain damage . . .I certainally don't need that.)
Then he went and checked the water heater. Apparently that was fine.
(at this point at had been outside with my cat for a while and had felt perfectly fine, while my friend who had been inside still felt horrible)
He went to check our neighbors. Apparently, all was fine there. (he rushed off, obviously didn't want to be there . . .)
Our neighbors joked about it that it was some food we ate. Uhhh no. I've had food poisoning numerous times and it was nothing like this. We're also both vegetarians and rarely come in contact with questionable food. I've also had almost any common illness imaginable due to working with children, and I've never felt anything like this (due to that I'm immune to most things anymore . . . I've been around people with the flu for over 24hrs and managed not to get it.)
I've done more research and CO poisoning fits the bill perfectly. We've both had memory problems for the past few weeks and we've both been tired and dizzy and all that.
I can't find anything else that it explains this, but if CO isn't present in my house I have no idea where this is coming from.
Lead poisoning was another possibility, but the symptoms don't match up nearly as well.
Thanks for any help!