Sue finally made it home at 6:00 AM this morning. Remember, she left work at 4:00 PM yesterday. She was stuck on the G.W. Parkway (Washington, D.C.) for 14 hours! That’s a one and a four. This route is on Federal land and has no turnarounds or medium crossroads. It doesn’t even have shoulders. Once on, there’s really no getting off.
What really amazed me is when she walked into our home, she seemed to forget her ordeal the instance she saw Ryan. Sue fell asleep shortly after her head hit the pillow in our bed next to Ryan’s.
I have a hard time imagining what she, and many others, went through. She had no food, no blanket or pillow, no means to use a bathroom, and had to manage her fuel supply. She passed the first few hours by finishing a book-on-tape. Then, she tuned in to the local news station for updates. Cruelly, the National Park Police came on at 2:00 AM to report the G.W. Parkway was open. A short time later they came back on to apologize and recant after getting an earful from those stranded.
The situation went from bad to worse. People were abandoning their cars. This meant service vehicles couldn’t get in to begin clearing the traffic and assisting motorists. My guess is people were running out of gas.
I was up with Ryan throughout the night. Our nurse didn’t come, so my shift went from 12 hours to 36 hours in an instance. Thankfully, Ryan had a restful night. Only 11 more to go as of this posting, assuming the nurse makes it tonight.
Like most days, I had Ryan up and going just a little after 7:00 AM. We have another full day on tap and I’m still on a high from learning he is into the IBRF protocol. I take comfort in knowing that there is more we can do.