There was no Day 22 - I did not take a single photo while we were in Texas (I'm so ashamed of myself!!) Saturday was really fun visiting with relatives that we never get to see until lunch time when Emi started complaining of stomach pains. She tried really hard to keep playing and push through the pain but she was really hurting. The whole gang decided they would go out to eat for dinner and while at the restaurant Emi hit her breaking point. She was miserable. All of her symptoms were pointing to appendicitis. We debated whether to take her to the ER in Texas or just try to get home to Memphis but at this point she was finally comfortable and asleep so we decided to wait. The next day she was still in the same boat so we packed up and floored it back to Memphis. After many phone calls to various family members, nurses and friends we drove straight to Lebonheur where we sat for 4 hours in the waiting room with a bunch of people who did not have sick children and did NOT need to be there (that's another rant for another day). After blood work and x-rays all they could determine was that she was severely dehydrated - no appendicitis, thank goodness!! She got 2 bags of IV fluids and some sugar water to perk her up. We managed to make it almost 7 years without an ER visit with her and I hope to make it at least another 7. That was miserable!! Now that we've had her home, she is still pretty lethargic and grumpy and has had hives for 3 days so she has obviously had some type of virus - guess we'll never know. I'm just so glad we did not have to spend Christmas in the hospital!!!
my poor girl in the car as we were speeding home from Texas
waiting, waiting and waiting in the ER
finally in a room!!
Being in the hospital totally threw me. We got home at 5AM on christmas eve, slept until 10 and then had to be at my parents at 11 so needless to say I was not going to be cooking our traditional turkey, dressing, sweet potato and green bean casseroles like I do every year - we enjoyed a nice Huey's burger instead :) I have to say that while the Huey's burger was mighty good I really did miss our traditional christmas eve dinner where we eat by candlelight at the dining room table, just the 4 of us. Oh well, there's always next year ;) I'm just thankful my girl is home and healthy.
and of course I forgot my camera so all you get are terrible iphone pics - sorry!! :)
Jack and Brian on the train
Emi REALLY wanted to watch the magic show and we happened to be walking by right when it started, so we watched. I have to say that it was pretty entertaining plus Emi got selected out of the audience to be his helper. She LOVED it!! He gave her a magic wand for helping out and she has been doing "magic tricks" all day ;)
Willy was hanging out with Emi and Jack's pictures while we were in Nashville
Day 16 - go to ICE
waiting in line for ICE
as soon as we got into the building I looked down to see Jack fast asleep
here he is, still asleep even after they put blankets on him to keep him warm
thank goodness they give you those parkas because it is freezing in there! I had on about 30 layers and was still cold.
what's Jack doing? still sleeping.
and still asleep....
the nativity made entirely out of ice. it was so pretty!
oh look at that - he's still asleep!
after ICE we walked over to the mall to have lunch at The Aquarium. I'm pretty sure that was Emi's favorite part of the trip.
we were lucky enough to get a table right up front and it just happened to be feeding time for the fish. I have to admit that it kind of took my appetite away to watch the fish eat but it was a good show and the kids loved it.
After some shopping we headed home. It was fun but I don't think that Opryland at Christmas is going to be a family tradition. The crowds were overwhelming and took the fun out of be there.
I am a stay-at-home-mom to Emi Joy and Jack and wife to Brian for 9 years. Jack has Cerebral Palsy and requires a little bit more of our love and attention. Please follow me as I try to navigate this crazy life of ours. :)