Hey there! I wondered when you would chime in about St Kitts. I knew you were the one that said they loved the Ship Wreck and with your description of it, I knew that even though I decided on Carambola, I still needed to go down and see it and the sand. I'm so glad I did. The sand was just simply amazing! I can now say I'm a lover of black sand! I remember all the talk about some don't like the black colored sand because it might look dirty to them...but wow was all I could think. It definitely pleased me.We also loved the black sand and because of that, we just had to get there. I'd never seen it before, but always heard about it from those who have been to Hawaii and seen them there.
Yea, our scuba place said a lot of kids start taking classes around 10 years old and get certified around 12. However, he does have a lot of 8 year olds doing the classes now so that when they turn 10, they are ready for the certification. I just hope she decides she likes it and sticks with it. It's just too darn expensive for just a "let's try it and see if we like it" type of thing. But of course I would never force her to stay in it if she didn't feel comfortable.
The hubby has a missing ear drum and has always had issues with his ears. They get infected a lot. He says he can still remember the day he messed it up as a kid. His mother never took him to get it looked at and he suffered from infections in it all the time. When I met him, his infection was still going strong...every day of his life, with stuff leaking out of them and the worse smell ever! He finally went to a specialist about 2-3 years ago. He has so much testing done it was crazy. They gave him medications and instruction on keeping the infection away and it finally managed to clear up and he has not had a problem since...and still gets in the water. But fortunately, he has never had a problem with his ears when flying.
I don't know what Sakari's problem is. She never had any ear problems either. Not even an ear infection as a baby or child.
OMG, your poor DH, that would have been miserable and to have issues that long...so glad it finally seems to be over with. Mine busted as a baby, 6 months old. My mom had no idea, I was not screaming at the top of my lungs like most babies do with an ear infection and never fussed or cried. She only realized something was wrong when getting me out of my crib one morning, she kissed me on the cheek and I screamed bloody murder. The doctor YELLED at her, but she let him know that I was happy and apparently when she had me in his office, I was smiling away so I he realized it wasn't a case of neglect. I've been lucky in that I've never had any issues other than "swimmer's ear" a couple times, but drops consisting of half rubbing alcohol/half vinegar take care of that. The only time I even think about it is when I get that pressure/pain in that one ear, kind of like you mentioned you felt, if I dive to a certain depth.
Sakari probably doesn't have anything wrong with her ears since you said she's never had problems before. I'm pretty sure with planes it's the change in pressure from the changes in altitudes. I even get that when we drive over the mountains to get home to the Pittsburgh area and yawning (or gum) usually takes care of that (those are the tricks I know).
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