Monday, September 6, 2010

The Best Laid Plans...

I won't go into all of the gory details. Suffice it to say, all of us have been sick for the past four days or so. We had been looking forward to Labor Day weekend for a couple of months now. We had plans to go to Charleston for the holiday weekend. Our favorite destination spot - our home away from home.

When I woke up around 3:00 a.m. on Friday morning and rushed to the bathroom, I knew that things were not going as planned. I tried to go on to work and stick with our plans of leaving work after picking the kids up from school. Another wrench was thrown into the works when I got a call from the school that B had an earache and fever and needed to be picked up. By the time I picked him up and got home, I also had a fever and, oh yeah, the bathroom was still needed.

Around noon, I told Eric that we may have to cancel. When he got online to check the reservation stats, he found out that, because we had booked through a "discount" sight, that we couldn't cancel without losing all of our money. Lesson learned on that one. So, the tightwad in me decided that I could suffer in a hotel room in Charleston just as well as I could at home. In fact, I've done it before a couple of years ago. Another story for another day. So, I packed up every drug we had in the house, took two more Imodiums, and headed to Chuck Town.

One of the things that I looked forward to about going to Charleston is the wonderful restaurants. I had plans to do at least two restaurant reviews for the blog. Instead, we stuck close to the hotel and did takeout and a trip to Outback. Nothing to write home (or blog) about. We basically quarantined ourselves in our room and rode out the reservations - no pool, no beach, no local flavor.

After two days of prescription ear drops and almost two whole bottles of Motrin, B's ear was still hurting and he was still running a fever. So, when we returned home on Sunday, I had to take him to the doctor to find out that it was a middle ear infection that required an antibiotic as well as the drops.

And, in case you think that C fared well, guess again. Friday night, he threw in a low grade fever and some diarrhea just to keep me on my toes.

I would love to say that it's all over, the kids are doing better and I'm hoping we'll all return to work and school tomorrow. However, Eric now has a fever and has thrown up. Please stop the madness!!!

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