The day before we left, we had *planned* on visiting a local museum on mining, thinking Luke would probably find it interesting. But, Luke needed to stay home.
In case you don't know it, Kate is a child who regularly needs to get out of the house. SO, staying in a house which isn't our's for an entire morning was NOT an option for Kate.
So, she & I went to a park & ran a couple small errands.
After lunch, Marc & I started to debate, and debate, and debate some more about whether or not to take Luke to an "urgent care" in Leadville.
Did I mention we really debated?
Finally, mid-afternoon, I called the urgent care & talked with a very nice nurse. She recommended I bring him in.
We still debated.
Finally, late afternoon, we decided I'd take him in because his fever had gotten higher. Luke complained of a bad sore throat, and he started to complain his eyes & belly hurt (all signs of strep throat).
Yep -- Mama was right. It was strep throat.
Luke looks happy in this pic....really, he wasn't feeling well. He was eating saltine crackers & just generally not feeling well :(
After a terrible night of sleep (Luke complained of throat & belly pain; Marc & I had altitude-induced insomnia, we think), we headed out (this is the day after the urgent care visit)....
Despite not feeling well still -- Luke was sad to leave the mountains. Marc & I were sad as well....
Our car did not have a DVD player. We don't own portable DVD players (other than our laptop -- which we didn't take on this trip). We didn't borrow any DVD players from friends. So, our kiddos were left to entertain themselves the old-fashioned way -- by watching things outside the window, talking with us, etc.
They both, even the 2 year-old, did fabulous up until the VERY last hour of the trip (the hour in which we all four were DONE)....Luke asked quite a few questions about signs & wind-powered generators. Luke looked at his maps. We listened to music.
We made it just fine without too much technology!
Unfortunately, the next day after we got home, Luke still wasn't feeling very well.
Back at the urgent care in Leadville, I questioned OUT LOUD the dosage of the prescribed antibiotic. I was assured it was fine. I should've been assertive.
SO, after we returned, I did have to take Luke back to the doctor here. Sure enough, the first words out of the doctor's mouth (here) were, "Personally, I would've prescribed this strength & dosage. Let's change it & see what happens".
Guess what? Luke was 100 times better the next day!
Just for fun...here are the kids at the doctor's office (here at home) in their souvenir Leadville shirts...
Our trip ultimately was wonderful! With kids, things like sickness & the like will happen! I pray we made good memories for Luke (Kate won't remember)....
The trip wore us all out! Two days after we got back, the kiddos & I took a brief nature walk while Marc was working. Kate fell asleep in the stroller. Then, despite the nap in the stroller in the morning, Kate also had to be woken from a nap in the afternoon!