Monday, June 2, 2008

South Padre: Day 1

What a long day! I got up this morning at 6:30 feeling like death! My throat stared feeling scratchy on Sunday and by Sunday night I could feel infection brewing in my face. So, this morning when I woke up I felt that there we're only two viable options...1. We all stay home so mommy can stay in bed or 2. Casey and Braelyn go to Padre and mommy stays in bed. Casey said those were both impossible and ridiculous suggestions so I got up from my deathbed and took a shower. At this point I wasn't positive that I didn't have the flu, but since Casey poo-poo-ed the afore mentioned solutions I trudged on. By the time we were packed up and in the car, I did feel less flu-ish, but my head was still pounding and I was super stuffy....still am actually.

Anyways, so Braelyn did great on the plane. I was nervous about it, since she's not the bravest soul, but she was perfect! Going up and going down she snuggled me tight, but no fussing. I, on the other hand, was a basket case on the way down. My ears were KILLING me! I was shaking and rocking and rubbing my ears...total freak show! But I couldn't totally give in to the freak show because B was sitting on my lap and I didn't want to freak her out. Otherwise, there would have been moaning and shrieks of pain. I am just praying...
praying! that B doesn't get sick for the flight home! I will refuse to leave until she's better. How could I subject her to that pain?!!!

We got to the island around 1-ish and grabbed some lunch. We got to our hotel after 2 and the nap gap was quickly closing. Not only was she super tired, and not only were we about to cross over the no nap point, but we had a new sleeping obstacle to face..the big girl bed! Yup...we put her in the pull-out bed. First time! It took her about an hour, but she did finally dose off. She was so tired. Bless her heart.

Now it's night time, and I am at this moment, blogging and dealing with bedtime problems, simultaneously. We put her to bed around 7:30 and it is now 9:30 and Braelyn is still not asleep. I can't get mad though...the girl has a number of distractions to shut out. 1. The strange and new "big girl" bed. 2. The pool is right outside our room, one floor down and there are small children screaming and playing in it. We can hear everything they're doing. Why are they not in bed?!!! 3. I'm in the room. It's dark, minus the laptop, but still, she knows I'm here and it doesn't help that I'm coughing, sneezing (at which she HAS to say bless you) and sniffling. 4. To add to our Island ailments, she has hives! I don't know where they came from or why! What do I do? Brandi?...Help! Needless to say, she's still awake. She's quiet. Just laying there, but still awake. I think she's getting close though. I hope!

There's day one. Sorry for the long and overly detailed report of a not-so-interesting day...I'm just trapped in a pitch dark room and forced into silence. I have nothing else to do but jabber...silently...to you! :)

But...

:::gasp:::

I think she's out! Victory at 9:45! :|

I guess I'll close shop here, turn on a reading light and dive into
The Weight of Glory or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn...man, tough decision!

I'm sure I'll be back tomorrow, when I'm trapped again...in silence. Good Night.

12 comments:

Steph said...

I read a chapter of The Weight of Glory...um...WOW!

Alex & Tonya said...

I will definately be praying for you this week! You can do it!!!

Oh and I just met Jason George today...he works here at Texon with me and emailed to let me know he was good friends with Casey. Small world!!

Brandi said...

Benadryl, girl. Lots and lots of benadryl.

For the hives, I mean. Not just for sedation. Not a bad side effect in your situation, though. Really you don't have to treat the hives unless they're bothering her. But if they're itchy, that will help.

Don't know what's causing hives. Usually some sort of allergy. New detergent? New lotion or bubble bath? New foods? Nasty airplane blanket?

Cynthia said...

Is the water really that blue? I mean, sometimes photographers make Galveston water look blue, but we all know the truth...Hope you all got a good night's rest and are feeling better today.

tsmith said...

Steph, I'll pray for your head! That happened to me once flying back here from Tennessee...thought my head was going to explode from the pain and stuffiness ascending and descending. Take some decongestant before you fly again...my head stayed totally stopped up for days.

Alicia Z said...

Benadryl works great for hives. Noah had a really bad case of them once and benadryl took care of em! Plus like Brandi said, helps knock em out too HA! I hope you feel better for the rest of your vacation!!! Have fun!

Alicia

mandi said...

here's my 2 cents! for you: hyland's homeopathic tablets have a cold/flu tablet. you can pick these up at cvs and they actually work! and if you can find garlic oil, that works great for ear aches. you'll want to run the bottle under warm water first. i hope you guys improve soon! and that night time silence- oh the life of youth ministry! i'm with ya sister!

Erin said...

Well, I guess you got advice, which is good 'cuz I'm empty on these subjects! I do know the trapped feeling when baby is sleeping! Hope you guys get to get out and have some fun in spite of the obstacles!

annette said...

Hope you are feeling better today.

I highly recommend all things C S Lewis...you would probably enjoy The Screwtape Letters...

Courtney said...

No fun! I'm so sorry. It stinks when you're not quite sick enough to stay in bed, but you still feel really awful! Hopefully things will clear up soon and you can enjoy the get-away (although it does sound like you didn't succeed at "getting away" from much!):-)

Gabriele said...

Oh Steph, I'm so sorry you feel so sick...no fun! I hope you start feeling better soon and that you guys get to have fun!

Andy said...

oh man, i had a similar in-flight experience once while flying from houston to toronto, and it felt like my sinus cavity was going to explode.

gross, i know. hurt bad, too.