Week two, day five of school…and Alyssa didn’t make it in. Not only did we bring back some of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Beach in our car and clothes and on our hair and skin, but Alyssa managed to get both water and sand in her ear. She doesn’t have an outright infection, but the foreign bodies in her ear canal have inflamed her middle ear and the tube that is connected to it. So, after this morning’s doctor’s appointment and a quick stop at the library, she spent the day at home, dealing with continuous ringing and popping sounds in her ear, as well as dizziness and nausea. Ick. Poor girl. There’s nothing to give her – the sand has to work its way out, so it’s just going to take a bit of time.