Let's begin on the day we got there. Our condo was on the beach and I could NOT believe our luck. It was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and even though I seemed to be getting a cold, it was just a run of the mill head cold. We walked on the beach, watched the surfers, and got wonderful pork tacos. As the day went on, my cold was getting worse, but I had a new feeling, a feeling of something not right with my tummy. That night we had a meet and greet at the host hotel, and I knew something was off, way off. The food they had there looked amazing, but it was making me super nauseous. They had free beer and wine, but I wisely stuck with just water and no food. While chatting with some users (of the technology of course), it hit me, find a bathroom NOW. I didn't make it (no one saw thank goodness), but was able to clean up and head back out for more socializing. Not really what I wanted to do at this point, but we were thirty minutes from the condo, and we needed to be there mingling with potential customers and collaborators. Luckily, my boss figured out pretty quickly something was wrong we me and we tried to get back to the condo as quick as we could. One of the girls from our bioinformatics group not only is a mom, but she also knew pressure points, so she was able to keep me from throwing up till we got back. Once we got back, it was a super long night praying to the porcelain gods. The next morning however, we had meetings all day and I had to just pull it together and carry on.
That was the theme for the week for me, just pull it together and carry on. My stomach bug (which my whole family minus andrew seems to have) is still lingering a week later. I laugh because my boss asked me how I was so sick, but appearing to be normal. I told her I guess it is about being a mom, we don't get days off. I just sat by the door during the meetings, and if I needed to rush out, I did. Lucky for me, the bug decided to attack from the other end after the first day, and other than my tummy making very loud odd noises, most people had no clue I was sick. My head cold was quick lived, and I was feeling better from that by thursday. Here are some pics from my trip that don't include the inside of the master bathroom, which is where I spent a majority if my time :)