First of all, many, MANY thanks for the generous and thoughtful comments. It's so nice to know that people have "been there" and understand. And they don't think you're a total flake. And more importantly, many thanks for your prayers for Sarah. They are much appreciated.
Second: I made it out of town this past weekend. My husband had a conference in San Diego and the plan has been for me to go with him for a couple of days, but things were touch and go because of sick kids. My children have a gift for only getting ear infections right before my husband and I have a trip planned - which is really rare. But at the last minute (almost literally) the boy perked up and my brave parents were willing to take over.
I didn't realize how desperate things were until I slept 10 hours straight the first night. lol. A trip to the beach with a book (my high school copy of P&P), a lot of fish tacos, and some time with my husband were just what we needed.