We arrived back home from Florida this morning. 3:45 this morning, to be exact. I think it's safe to say that we won't be driving to Florida again for a very long time. There are just so many more people on the road these days. Traffic is too unpredictable, as we learned on our journey to Florida last week. A drive that should have taken 24-25 hours (1,300 miles) was a painful 31 hours long.
I came to the realization years ago that I can't blog while on vacation. By the time the girls fall asleep, it's almost time for me to go to bed. I tried to set up some posts in advance but didn't get very far.
So I'm back now. I still have posts from August I would like to finish before I blog about our vacation though.
I wish I could report that we had the most magical trip but unfortunately, Allie ended up extremely ill and missed out on most of it (or felt crummy for what she could participate in.) She was running a fever the day we arrived but still eating and acting as she normally does. I hadn't packed our Tylenol so I picked up some Advil (they didn't have Tylenol) from the store at the resort. For the next three days, she continued to slide downhill. She was still feverish but that wasn't our main concern. She stopped eating and was extremely tired and sickly And then the area around her eyes swelled up. We brought her to an urgent care center, which was terrible and wrote it off as her just having a virus, even though I kept pointing out and asking about her eyes. (They did torture her with a flu test, which came back negative. Of course.)
My mom is allergic to aspirin. She took aspirin and aspirin related medicines for 50+ years without issue and then she developed an allergy, which took doctors years to figure out. She can take Tylenol but not Advil.
As I was caring for Allie in the middle of the night after our visit with urgent care, it hit me. It's the Advil. I don't think the girls have ever had children's Advil. For some reason, we have always given them Tylenol. She's having an allergic reaction to the Advil and I just gave her another dose at bedtime. We treated her with an antihistamine - Claritin at first until we could get our hands on and figure out the dosing for a generic children's Benedryl.
Today is the first day she seems almost back to herself. She had been complaining of muscle aches and pains and still can't do a cartwheel but she is eating normally (and dancing.) I'm so happy and relieved that she's better but I can't believe the timing of this whole thing. She had been looking forward to this vacation for so long and then spent most of it sick. :(