We woke up to go to the hospital early early. Caramon was NPO from 7:15. I always hate that because even though he’s gotten so good about understanding why he can’t eat, I still feel bad for starving him.
We dropped Joram off at our friend, Elfmyst’s house because he has had a cough plus he had the chicken pox vaccine last week. Then it was off to the hospital.
Well, we get to the hospital and are on the little access street to the parking garage and I hit a small pothole. The car starts making a funky thwump type sound. I’m like “Oh no, did I kill my tire or something?” But the car was handling fine so I thought “Maybe it is just low?” Well I park and get out and the front tire is low. Hmmm… not so low that I want fix a flat but low enough that I want to get air and get air soon. All the other tires were aired up and well. That front passenger tire is the one that seems to get low for some reason.
Well we go into the hospital, Caramon goes to his appointment. He did well and saw the doctor and the doc said Caramon seems to be doing well. Yay! While waiting Caramon wrote a letter to Nurse Diane. We also saw a friend, Emily, and that was so wonderful because last I heard… over a year ago… they had no idea if she’d make it a year. I guess she’s one of those hard to call tumors that they couldn’t operate on, so no one knows anything. But she’s put on 40 pounds, has hair, and looks so good! This pleased me ever so much! I hope this is a good sign! Emily has been off chemo for almost a year in fact! God’s blessings abound!
So then it was off to CT and Caramon got to see his CT Girlfriend that shares his birthday. Much birthday wishes were expressed. And then we left. Well it was too late to get back to Joram before school started or get Caramon to school for lunch so we talked to Sir Megabyte and he wanted to lunch with us. Well I tell him about the tire, which I looked at and everything was unchanged.
So I decide to stop and get a little bit of air before heading onto the interstate because of this horrible thwump sound. But I don’t understand why it was makin that sound since the tire was just not THAT low! Well after driving around I cannot find a gas station. Seriously, I know it is downtown but dang… people need gas there too!
So finally I decide it would be better to head on the interstate because I know where the gas station is off of there and it isn’t really that far. I figure I’ll just drive in the right lane and take it easy just in case there was something wrong with that front tire. The streets I was on was bad, and it really sounded like when you are on a bad street with all the lines where they’ve shoddily tried to fix the road. So you are going Thwump Thwump and you are like ‘Is that my car or the road?” So I get on the interstate and sure enough, it does sound better! Yay. The sound is almost not noticable at all so I think “Well maybe it was the road and the low tire!”
I get ALMOST to my exit for hubbies work when I hear this weird almost whistle like something flew off the car and the car lists to the right. Oh no, I’ve blown that front tire. Argh! There really must have been something wrong with it. Well thankfully I am literally crossing over the bridge of an exit. OK, pull off on exit ramp around and park the car. Hop out.
Wait what’s this? The front tire looks exactly the same. A little low but still shouldn’t be causing any problems. And the car handled fine just listed there for a second. Hmmm… OK… about to go back around and get in the car when I happen to notice… the back passenger tire is as flat as flat can be. What the heckfires????
I want to cry. The tire I wasn’t expecting??? What? Well Sir Megabyte is not that far away so he comes out to help me. And we are right around the corner from a Grismer Tire. We like Grismer. We’ve bought 8 tires there and taken a friend there when he needed a tire. They are a good store. So on goes the doughnut and we look at that back tire…
There’s a huge hole so big we could stick something into it. Like a pencil. HUGE hole. Crud, definately can’t patch THAT! So now we are gonna have to replace the tire. Oh yay. Plus I’m feeling a little off about that front tire because it does keep losing air pressure.
Sure enough, that front tire is worn and that’s why it kept losing air. *SIGH* Ok so make that two new tires. Oh yay.
Well then Sir Megabyte was like “Uh, are you going to check the alignment because I’ve been thinking for over a month it needs an alignment.” They are like ‘Yes we will” Sure enough get a call “Yup need an alignment.” *SIGH* Then we get another call “Your serpentine belt is cracked.” Great, last I heard at my oil change was that it was worn but would work fine for a while but we needed to start considering getting it replaced. GRRR Oh yeah and just for kicks, the transmission which I have never had cleaned… it is filthy and they think it should be flushed. I asked Sir Megabyte and he’s like “I’ve never had it flushed.” Well I haven’t and we’ve had the car over a year and driving to TN and KY and West VA and VA and GA and IA and well you get the picture. Fine do that too.
Argh. When it rains it pours!
I got home with Caramon at 4:50. UGH! With a MUCH lighter pocketbook.
Oh yeah, no word yet on Caramon’s CT scan.
Oh, *huggles* Sorry to hear about your troubles. I blew a tire last May. I still don’t know how. It was the weekend I was moving from one dorm to another and maybe I hit some chunk of glass in one of the crowded parking lots. I noticed it was thinning on Saturday – and I actually did look at the tires to check, heh. Then Sunday I was heading to a friend’s graduation party after I finished moving and my car started making this awful thumping sound. This was the first bad tire I’ve ever driven on and at first I didn’t realize what it was – thought maybe some back beat on the radio. The car handled fine ‘cept it started to vibrate. I was only two blocks from my friend’s so I finished driving there, parked, and went to look at my cars … And saw one of the rear tires was pretty much shredded! It had several huge gashes in it and it was too hot to touch! I barely missed damaging the rim. Not fun. At least when I replaced the tires I’m getting better gas mileage. 🙂
Hope your day today is better!
Jeez what a terrible day! Glad that nothing really bad happened though, thank goodness you were near to your hubby and a tire store!
I have a question… I’m pretty new to your and Caramon’s story, and I see that you go for tests a lot. What is wrong with your little guy? Is it something that has been determined already, or is that why you are still going through so many tests? I hope you don’t mind me asking, but I figure you’ve probably already spoken of what is wrong with the little guy, but I just was not around for it (over at Jokers).
Lady Ozma said:
That’s kinda what we think happened.
You go down this like access road. Well on one end of it is this huge building they just built. The other end is a brand new parking garage. We think someone was sloppy and there was something in the road be it a nail, screw, or whatever. Whatever it was it was the size of a pencil! ROFL That’s how big the hole was. I could just about get my pinky in there! That’s nuts!
This was the first time I’ve driven on a messed up tire. Actually when it blew it really wasn’t that hard to drive on. I thought it would be a lot worse. But I was able to pull off the exit ramp where I was. Of course it was far enough to cause some shredding in the tire, but there’s no way we could have patched that so oh well. ROFL.
Today has been much better! I did a TON of housework and feel very good about today! 🙂 Of course as of yet I haven’t gone anywhere… haha I’m about to go to PTO and the grocery store… so that might change!
Lady Ozma said:
Oh gosh I don’t mean to be so cryptic!
I’m sorry. I’m pretty open about it and don’t mind questions at all! You can actually read all about it over at my personal website Kingdom of Sir Megabyte at http://www.sirmegabyte.info
But here’s the Reader’s Digest version
August 01 Caramon was ill and I took him to the doctor and found out he had a tumor on his kidney. It was cancer and had spread to his lungs. It’s known as a Wilm’s Tumor. It’s the most common renal cancer in children. But it is also very treatable. He went through roughly six months of chemo and had radiation. He lost his right kidney and the lower lobe of his left lung.
Almost a year and a half ago (May 02) he was deemed Cancer free. Now he is in “Maintenance”. This is the time between when you go into “remission” and the time they give for the normal reoccurance time period. Some cancers is two years some are five. I believe Caramon’s is a two year one but I’m not sure.
We are now down to a point where his immune system is no longer comprimised and he only visits the doctor quarterly and gets quarterly scans. He still has a work up of CT of abdomen and chest, x-rays, EKG, EEG, bloodwork and etc.
So Monday here’s the run down of what we did.
No food after 7:15 AM. Get to hospital at 9:00 AM Picked up oral contrast drink. Yum. He had to take contrast at 9:15, 10:00, and 10:45. While this time period was going on we walked to the other side of the hospital and went to the concolagy clinic. Weight, height, bp, temp, and blood work. Yesterday they needed extra blood so that was two pokes. 😦 Then visit with the doctor. Basic doctor type check up with special attention paid to listening to lungs and belly. And feeling of the belly. Then snag some “magic creme” to numb the arms and back to CT. Whir whir CT. Then out and have to get a shot of more contrast which of course meant distracting caramon so he wouldn’t get tense even though he was numb where they were poking the needle. Whir whir more Cat Scan. Leave.
Now we are sitting around twiddling our thumbs hoping to get a phone call. Hope hope hope hope. This usually takes two or three days. It can be trying sitting around and waiting until someone feels like calling you to alleve your concerns that your kid may be having a reoccurance. But I figure if there was something bad they’d call me right away. Hey… I gotta have some hope or I’d go nuts!
Moral of the story is… don’t miss a single doctor’s visit with that baby!
Anyway, ask anytime. I’m very open about it. There’s not a lot of information out there and you’d be surprised how many children deal with cancer. 😦
well at least it wasn’t *actually* raining. heh. poor you.
Lady Ozma said:
Last time we had a flat tire was at Christmas in the mountains of west VA coming home from Grandma’s house in the middle of a massive snowstorm! That was horrible! HAHA