As always the last leg of a trip always seems to be the longest… It was a comfortable ride, but I was MORE than ready to get off the plane and get to the hotel where I could settle in for a little while.
On the way into the San Diego airport my little dudes ears started to ‘plug’ and it was really bothering him… he couldn’t get them to unplug with any of the normal tricks, and he decided he would plug his nose and blow… WRONG MOVE! A LOUD POP followed by a tonne of pain followed… to the point where he had tears in his eyes… I thought once we were on the ground for a while he would find relief…. relief took longer than I expected.
Once on the ground we headed to the Sheraton Marina, and what a beautiful hotel it is!!
With BEAUTIFUL tropical grounds, a private marina outback, and rooms designed in a ‘Ralph Lauren’ Nautical theme of reds and blues, it was a perfect start to our holiday. Once we checked into our rooms we decided to do some sight-seeing before dinner… We all knew if we stopped for even a minute we would all be asleep until morning.
We took a cab past the cruise terminal, and into the heart of San Diego… My little guy was really having a hard time with his ears It took much of the enjoyment out of it for me as I started to worry….
We stopped at a TGIF for dinner. We had seen loads of commercials, but don’t have that restaurant chain in Canada, so we thought we would give it a try…. Besides the horrendously SLOW service it was okay, not great, but okay. Certainly nothing to write home about, but to tell you the truth, I was so exhausted by this point I don’t think much would have made me happy.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped to pick up a bottle of wine, and a bottle of peroxide for Aidan’s ear… we had heard of a ‘remedy’ for clearing out any fluid in his ear by using peroxide and a Q-tip.. um… it didn’t work…. By the time we got back to the hotel I was REALLY starting to worry, and Aidan held his ear and cried.
He fell asleep in spite of the pain, but less than an hour after we all crashed he sat up like a bolt of lightning and let out a scream… he was in a PANIC because the pain was so bad… I started to panic too… I was starting to get scared that he had burst an eardrum of something. Tim dragged his very TIRED butt out of bed, and went to get some juice from the main floor snack shop, and I searched through the meds I brought. We put some antihistamine/decongestant into the OJ and let Aidan drink it down… and within seconds it came back up again… all over the floor leading to the bathroom… My poor baby…. We are in a different country with travel insurance, and I had no idea what to do…. Are we going to make it to the ship?!?!?
Throwing up actually helped the pain… the pressure of gagging or something actually let some of the pressure in his ear loose. He went back to bed with a now plugged ear, but not as much pain… I went back to bed shaking… Tim went for a walk… and we BOTH slept with one eye open.
Oh God, I needed sleep…
Tomorrow we board the MS. Oosterdam!!!
To be continued….
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