Monday, August 9, 2010

Friday's Freeway Fiasco

Friday morning my alarm went off at 4:30. I rolled over and thought to myself, “This is WAY too early to be crawling out of bed.” This thought was especially true when combined with the fact that I hadn’t crawled into bed until after midnight the night before. You see, Noah’s pre-MRI instructions included keeping him up 2 hours past his normal bedtime. Since his normal bedtime is normally around 10pm, that left us all up until midnight. Definitely not cool when you have to be up at 4:30 the next day. I did manage to get myself out of bed and ready for the short 60 mile trip to Nationwide Children’s in time to wake Noah up at 6:00 (his instructions also included waking him up 2 hours earlier than his normal time as well). I’m always happily surprised at how well Noah handles waking up early and this morning was no exception. He woke up with a smile, asked me where we were going, and let me dress him. His only request was that Nanook and his blankie come along. Gladly! We managed to leave the house around 6:30, which was my goal. We were going along just fine and had actually made it to Columbus before disaster struck.

We were on 270E when the car gave a shudder. Hmmmm….that was strange. A mile or so later and we felt another shimmy. Uh oh, this can’t be good. We pulled over (on 270E, yikes!) and let the car rest for a minute. We started it up again and that’s when Dave realized that he had little to no power. Now we were in big trouble. We managed to coax the car to the nearest exit, which luckily enough led us to an Aladdin Shriner’s Temple. We parked the car and noticed the smoke coming out from under the hood. It was nearly 8:00 and we really didn’t want to miss Noah’s MRI since he had gone all night and morning with no food and drink, so we called a taxi to take us to the hospital.

Within ten minutes the taxi arrived and we were on our way. Twenty minutes and $30 later we were at Children’s. We found our way to the MRI department, filled out all the paperwork, and waited to be called back. Noah was so good! He was patient and didn't whine about being hungry or thirsty. The nurse put numbing cream on his hands and arms, asked lots of questions, and took Noah's vitals. Then we watched Spongebob until it was time to go back for his test. The only time that Noah got upset was when they started his IV. He cried some and fought the medicine, but in a matter of a few minutes Noah was out. Half an hour later, he was back in his bed sleeping off the anesthesia. He did really well.

While Noah was in recovery, David called my dad to come pick us up. My dad arrived around 11 and Noah was released around noon. We made our way back to the car and David called a tow truck to tow our car the 60 miles home. David rode with the tow truck and Noah and I rode with my dad. Noah slept all the way home. When the mechanic checked the car over, he discovered that the coil pack was cracked and the computer was shorted out. We just spent $200 on the transmission and now another $500 on the coil pack and computer. Hopefully, we will have the car back tomorrow. It was a very eventful day. We should get the results of the MRI in a few days.