A fabulous trip to Boston

I dragged…er….brought my family to Boston today. I am a HUGE (all caps, double underline) Harry Potter fan, and it’s coming up on the last few weeks of the big HP exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. So, we bundled up and went out.

We got about 3/4 there, and M started complaining about her belly. So, I chucked a bucket back at her, and prayed. She doesn’t get car sick, exactly…but if her belly is bugging her, going on a car trip is a good way to set her off. Thankfully, it was a false alarm…though, I don’t doubt she was feeling pretty sour.

We parked at the T stop, and walked to the train. It was COLD. We only needed to ride for one stop…then another walk in the cold air. BUT, so far, so good. M was breathing fine, Daddy was really nice and carried her. (I guess that’s one advantage of being the size of a 3 year old…she can still be carried)

We got there, and we checked out some of the exhibits, then headed into the HP exhibit. It was SOOOOO awesome. A and I LOVED it. M really didn’t care so much about it. Then, we went back into the museum, where the girls touched everything, and of course, I forgot to throw sanitizer into my purse. I’m crossing my fingers that no one gets sick.

Then, back on the train, and a little bit of a longer walk to lunch. It was time for Atrovent, so I was getting her puffer ready, when she gave me a funny look, coughed a few times and sort of gasped out…”I think I need my blue rescue puffer.” I was prepared, so Xop first, then Atrovent. My mother always told me that I wasn’t supposed to “medicate” in public. I’m not sure why…but that is always in my head when I have to give M her puffers in public.

Apparently, M was feeling better, because she ate so much lunch. It was very tasty…and one of her favorites. I’ll take good eating were I can get it…though I did have to stop her, because I didn’t really think I wanted the chicken fingers to make a repeat performance. By the end of lunch, she was looking droopy and wanted to cuddle.

We walked back to the train, rode the few stops, and got back in the car. Of course, THEN…A started coughing. I asked her if it was a drip…she’s off her allergy meds in preparation of allergy testing…and she said…I don’t think so, I think it’s my lungs. So…I gave HER a couple of puffs of Xop…and her cough calmed down too. I’m sure it was due to the walking in the cold for her. She has reactive airways, and I’m sure they were just reacting.

All in all…a great day…mostly symptom free…since I don’t ever really expect a totally symptom free day.

I would also totally recommend the exhibit, if given the chance. I almost decided not to go, but I’m SO glad I did.

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3 Responses to “A fabulous trip to Boston”


  1. 1 kerri February 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Glad you had a good day! 🙂
    a lot of us have our hang-ups about taking our inhalers in public–avoid instilling this in your daughters as long as you can :). Keep doing what you’re doing–meds whenever, wherever, when needed–despite what your mother said ;).

    For the cold air/walking thing, i’m a Canadian and this one gets me often. Wrap a scarf around her face and hope for the best… It doesn’t always work completely but it does help. Plus, kids look so cute with their faces all bundled up hehe :-D.

  2. 2 Sara C. February 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Kerri…Thanks. I usually gauge the temp…it was actually above freezing…I think it was the walking along with the cold air that got to them. We have several scarves…and they DO look adorable all bundled up. I don’t know how you “cold weather” folk handle the cold like that. I react horribly to the cold as well.

    I have no idea why my mom was so hung up about medicating. I think it’s the crazy “New England Yankee” thing, where you don’t talk about or acknowledge any “weakness” M. gets her puffers where ever and when ever she needs…anything different than that is unacceptable.

  3. 3 Amy February 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    My girls would be so jealous of your kids b/c they LOVE Harry Potter, too.

    The medicating in public thing is interesting. I always gave AG the option of privacy when she was younger but tried to avoid hiding the inhaler at the same time, so that she didn’t grow up feeling ashamed or different or whatever. But she used to make sure she used it in front of her friends. Partly because she liked the attention, I think, and partly because she’s never not had an inhaler and so using one didn’t seem unusual to her. That’s her “normal,” you know?

    Now that she’s older, she’s gotten more self-conscious about using it around her friends, even the ones who’ve seen it before, and in the clinic at school. I understand and I’d probably feel the same way, but I hate that she’s developing that insecurity all the same.

    Anyway, I’m glad you guys had a good and somewhat-symptom-free day.


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