I have to say thank you to everyone who helped us get to Baltimore and those that helped us while we were there. We’re not used to folks helping us, we’re usually the ones helping others. I will never be able to express my gratitude. This journey has humbled us and we know that God is in control.
We said our good-byes at the HP house around 9:30 am. Christopher was feeling nauseous and we had barely driven five miles. Alice bought him a Sierra Mist and gave us a green plastic container, then another mom from Indiana gave us some saltines for the ride to the airport. I need to find out her name and thank her properly. We made it through security without a hitch and Christopher said he felt a lot better. We had a good laugh because Christopher’s ticket said he was ‘Christ McCloskey’. After all, it was Sunday.
As I was buying him another sprite for the road, Michael heard the announcement that our flight was boarding. We were worried that we wouldn’t get a decent seat on Southwest because there are no assigned seats. We were the 4th group to be pushed down the jet-way with a wheelchair and we got the first three seats on the right. What a blessing! With Christopher’s braces, he needed to stretch out to be comfortable. I noticed as we started to taxi that he was starting to look anxious. I looked over again and he was praying. As the plane lifted off the ground, Christopher began to hurl. Our Southwest crew were professionals. They quickly jumped into action and helped with cold compresses and a trash bag. That green container saved us from a more unpleasant experience. Our direct flight should have been three hours, but due to storms in Alabama it was three hours and 45 minutes. We finally made it on the ground and made it to our car and then we drove the 45 minutes home.
After we got home, it was time for more pain meds because Christopher was beginning to hurt again. He slept well last night but I still woke him at 2:00 am to administer more pain meds. We cannot afford to get behind the pain again. He feels like a king because he is sleeping in the downstairs master bedroom. However, Michael and I had to remove the bed frame because we cannot have Christopher stepping into bed. It’s the little things that make a difference. If your bed is too tall, lower it by putting the box springs and mattresses on the floor. Never travel the day after you are discharged from the hospital, you may regret it.
I plan to blog soon for my fellow Perthes families about the ‘Things You Need to Know.’ We have learned so many valuable tips along the way and I know others have more to share. I think it’s time to compile a checklist!