We had been planning a little vacation to Carlsbad to spend some time at the beach, and as soon as we got the good news from PCMC, we decided it was a go! It actually worked to our advantage that Brock was injured, because he was able to come with us and didn't have to stay home to play football! We had planned on him staying home, but the day before we left, after having a mini-tornado blow through our neighborhood, our trampoline ended up in our next door neighbor's yard, who also happens to be Brock's football coach. When we went to retrieve our tramp poles from his roof, I asked him about Brock coming with us to California and he decided it was okay! Thanks Coach Franke, we loved having Brock there with us! So, for the past 4 days, we've been playing paddle ball, boogie boarding, playing in the waves, and relaxing on the beach! I love the beach, it's my favorite place, I'm pretty sure that in another life I will be a beach bum, I could do it, in fact, I would love it! We all had the greatest time and we were able to spend some time with my parents and my sister and her family.
On Friday, we were at the beach all day. Abby played in the waves and dug in the sand for hours and hours. We were continually covering her with sunscreen and making her cover up, because her risk for skin cancer is so high, but I just wanted her to enjoy it too. After spending the whole day in the water, we went out to dinner and then out for dessert at Coldstone. Abby ordered blue cotton candy ice cream, and it really was flourescent blue! Well, later that night, just as we had gotten to sleep, Abby started getting sick, and it came on fast......really, really fast. Before any of us knew what was going on, Abby threw up, not just regular throw up, but bright blue throw up and she didn't make it to the bathroom, it was too fast. And then she threw up again, and again. It was everywhere, and unfortunately, our hotel was brand new. I started trying to clean it up, but I have a real problem with throw up, if I smell it, I throw up too, and I did! I can't help it, I was really trying to hold it in, but I couldn't do it. Luckily, Britt, the recent CNA, came to the rescue and helped with cleanup. I felt so bad for the housekeeping ladies at the hotel, I'm sure they were completely grossed out too! We went back to sleep, and luckily the rest of the night was uneventful. The next morning Abby woke up still not feeling great, she felt bad enough that she didn't even want to go to the beach, so I sent the rest of them, and Abby and I stayed in our puke-smelling hotel room. After sleeping all morning, she perked up enough for us to go spend a couple of hours with the rest of the family, it was our last day in California and we didn't want to miss the beach completely! By that night she was feeling even better and today she has almost been back to normal. At first I thought that maybe her prograff level was high, but maybe she just got a little dehydrated and had too much sun that day. I don't really know, but it made me start to wonder if she'll always get sick when we go on vacation, or maybe we'll just have to pace ourselves a little more, maybe she just can't tolerate non-stop action. In the last 21 days, we've spent 7 days in Florida, 5 days in California, and 2 days in Salt Lake, and we go back to Salt Lake for another clinic day this week. It might be time for some downtime before school starts.
I loved our little mini-vacation, it was just what I needed. It gave me some time to relax and refocus, which I need because I have to go back to school in 2 weeks. We saw some beautiful sunsets and I enjoyed just sitting and watching the waves, when I wasn't boogie boarding anyway! I didn't take very many pictures because it seemed like I was always wet and sandy, but I got a few. We go to Salt Lake on Wednesday for clinic on Thursday, I hope everything looks okay still, it seems like Abby has had lots of stomach issues in the past couple of weeks, and I'm a little worried about that. While we are there we are going to get to visit our 3 heart friends that are all still waiting for their hearts. They are really sick and need to get their hearts fast, all 3 of them are now sick enough to have to wait at Primary Children's. Please pray for them and send them positive thoughts whenever you can, they really need it.
|Our tramp in our neighbors yard, luckily it worked to our advantage and Brock got to come to Carlsbad with us!|
|I'm not sure about this face, but doesnt' the beach look beautiful?|
|The kids with my mom and dad, thanks for the trip dad!|
|Britt with our hotel in the background|
|This is taken from our hotel pool|
|This is one thing I love about the beach!|
|Abby and my niece Leah looking tough with their boogie boards!|
|Lots of sand castles and digging in the sand!|
|Sometimes Abby gets really cold, it seems like her body doesn't regulate temperature very well anymore. We told her she looked like an old woman just missing her rocker!|