The plan included:  Pick Rea up from school on Friday  Drive to G-ville  Deliver frames to the University of Florida's football department  Spend the night at Aunt Jack's  Stop at Disney on the way home Saturday and see Aunt Steph.
Not a bad weekend if I do say so myself. Business mixed with pleasure and the munchkins get to go along for the ride. =)
Well, like I said, Ri gave his cold to me on Thursday. I almost nixed the entire trip because I had such an uncomfortable night snuggle-buggin' with the sick little dude. But, I really needed to deliver the frames... and we were all looking forward to seeing Jack and Steph... not to mention D-I-S-N-E-Y. Shane and I decided that it would be in our best interest if I got a hotel room this time. Jack has dogs, and I am very allergic to them. I thought a hotel room would be a good way to fight off the cold moving into my chest and upsetting my asthma. I was wrong.
Anyway, Gainesville was fun. I mean, I was a disaster... hardly remember it. Couldn't drive - had to have Mom do it. I was in a total head-fog. The head congestion was killing me. By the time I woke up on Saturday, most of the congestion had moved into my chest, so I tried that Mucinex (sp?) stuff... All that did was push the crap out of my chest and back into my head. Fun.
I went back and forth many times about whether or not we should even stop at Disney. It was probably a complete waist of brain time... of course we went.
Disney was great. For about 15 mintues. Then the wicked clouds rolled in. Naturally, we laughed. I mean we are Floridians... we know how fast summer storms can roll in. And I think it was our time to get wet. We have been to Disney about 70 times in the last 4 years, and I think it has only rained on us 1 other time. Not bad odds. Nothing to complain too much about.
The kids had a blast either way. We ate at the Contemporary. Rode the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom (this is when the storm rolled in). Went on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates. Rea had her heart set on Splash Mountain again, but the bad weather forced Disney to shut those rides down.
|I LOVE that Ri is doing his Daddy's silly pose without being asked to... =)|
|Tired girl... Won't pose|
|Keeping an eye on those monorails|
|Rea couldn't be less interested that we are on the monorail right now.|
|On the other hand, Ri couldn't be MORE excited!|
|Check out that stylish group!!|
I guess we spent about 3-4 hours there. But it was plenty of time. Both kids were passed out before we made it off property.
Actually, I felt pretty good while we were there.... most of Saturday was ok for me. Then we got home. When I climbed up the stairs to our living room, I lost all of my breath. It was like my asthma said, "I'm baaaaaaccckkk." I looked at Shane and said, "I think I am going to have to go to the hospital soon." Shane laughed. (he should know better)
Sunday morning, I called my parents and asked for a ride to the hospital (Shane was working, not being stubborn). Mom took the munchkins to church. Dad and I left for the ER. Shane met us over there shortly after we arrived.
I was expecting the normal routine. Asthma has been my life for the past 25 years. I went to the ER for a breathing treatment, some steroid pills for home, and another inhaler Rx. I got a lot more than that. After the first breathing treatment, my heart rate went up. This is pretty normal. Usually about 30-60 minutes after, it will come back down to normal. Mine didn't. It stayed in the 120-140 range... I was put through a few different tests, given some meds to lower my heart rate. Nothing worked. So about 6 hours after arriving, I was admitted to the hospital.
|Rea came to visit after school on Monday - best part of my day|
|Ri is wearing Rea's snazzy Sketchers|
Here I remained for 3 days... My heart still beats like crazy if I try to move around too much. But I can breathe. =) The meds took a few days to kick in, but they seem to be working. I am still struggling to be my normal self. It will just take some time - and that's the most frustrating part: waiting.