Friday, April 3, 2009

Our Adventure Home

In true Williams fashion, our trip home was not without some unexpected events. We left the city at 4:15 and didn't get to the airport until 5:30. We took a lovely tour of Queens to get to JFK to avoid rush hour traffic I think. We had plenty of time though because when we got the gate for our 6:30 flight the plane wasn't even there yet. We were delayed an hour. In the meantime we realized that a container of bubbles in the diaper bad had leaked and soaked through the 5 diapers I had packed. Of course Brady had diarrhea again (I guess this is common after having a CT with contrast). Matt salvaged one diaper and wipes and changed him. He had pjs on which now had poop on them, so I told Matt to put him in the extra outfit I had packed. Oops! We had the outfit, but no extra shoes and socks since he had footed pjs on to begin with I had packed the shoes/socks and that bag was checked. So we put his jeans on over his pooped on pjs. Then we boarded a plane with no diapers and wipes. Once on the plane we learned that we would have to wait for an hour on the runway to take off. It was getting late, Brady was tired, dirty, and wanted to drink. Of course we were leery to give him too much because, well, you know! As the plane began to take off Matt leaned over and told me that he forgot the keys to the car back at the Ronald. So we would have no way to get into the car once we got to the airport. I snuck a text message to my mom as we were taking off to come and get us. We finally did make it home, cleaned up poor Brady, and put him to bed. What a day he had!

We are busily trying to unpack and then repack for Sunday. It is wonderful to see the kids, I'm just kissing and hugging on them until they push me away! We both agree that we just want to get on with things now. We fully understand the seriousness of this surgery, the difficult recovery, and how the journey won't end afterwards...but we know that this is a HUGE hurdle that needs to be jumped over. We just want to get to the other side.

On a lighter note, here are some fun facts from our trip:

1. A one way plane ticket to NYC from Buffalo = $42
A 30 minute carriage ride in Central Park = $40 (including tip--well worth it)
A one way cab ride from JFK to Manhattan = $60 (including tax, tolls, and tip)
How is this possible?

2. You can get some of the freshest, most delicious fruit on the street in Manhattan.

3. Our walk from the Ronald to the hospital is a lovely 10-12 minute walk through a very safe part of town. There are many upscale apartments and hospitals along the way. We are able to stop at a very nice deli/store and get coffee and breakfast on the way.

4. On Thursday on our walk back from Central Park I saw the actress that played Amy's mom on Everybody Loves Raymond (her name is Georgia Engel--she was also on the Mary Tyler Moore Show). She crossed Park Avenue right in front of us. I always LOVED her character on that show!

5. You can no longer get a cup of coffee on an airplane but the two guys across from us could get Jack and Coke. Somehow just not fair:)

6. Every building we were in was at least 85 degrees! At one point, Matt actually reached over and adjusted a thermostat while in a meeting with a doctor. No one else seemed as hot as us everywhere we went!

7. And finally, to my car seat critics...we did not see ONE carseat while in NYC, not one. We were at the airport 2 times, all throughout the city, and did not spot ONE single carseat.

Thank you to everyone who has been calling, emailing, leaving comments, and most importantly PRAYING!!! A dear friend has set up a prayer chain for Monday, with people signing up to pray for 30 minutes throughout the day. If you are willing to pray, please leave a comment with your name and time you can pray and I will add you to the list. Maybe I will make a post regarding the prayer chain and update it as more people sign up! God bless...


  1. Megan,
    I hope you can look back on your trip home and laugh!! I read your post and had to laugh myself! Glad you guys are home and enjoying all of your little ones!!!

    I would be more then happy to be part of the prayer chain and could pray at 10pm.

    Also, Brady is one of 4 children that I pray for and that our church has also prayed for. The womens group that I belong to at our church would like to send Brady and his siblings a little something for Easter. Is there an address that you are using for donations etc that we could use?

    Hope you guys are having a great day!


  2. Hope you all have a good weekend. I shall certainly want to be joining in with the prayer chain. Pam (Alderton) xx

  3. Of course I will join the prayer chain. Just let me know what time you need someone :)
    My email is attached to my replies.
    Glad you made it home safely and are able to spend some time with all the other kiddies.

  4. I will pray anytime..although this is nothing new. I pray for all of you everytime I look out my kitchen window at your house, or drive by your house...and many other random times!!!
    Janet Bates

  5. I'll pray Monday from 8:00-8:30 am


  6. that how much a carrige ride costs?
    i've always wondered.......glad you were able to take a ride.....and glad you made it home safe..God bless...

  7. Interesting fun facts. Traveling with kids is always an adventure, but how wonderful that Brady did so well himself and it was "other" factors providing the challenge this time. Sounds like you guys were resourceful. :o) I will keep praying. Enjoy your weekend!


  8. Megan-What a journey! Glad you actually got to do some good stuff in the city-it truly is a wonderful place to visit! I will pray Monday 6-6:30 AM.
    God bless-Cindy L.

  9. Thanks for the laughs, some adventure alright! It's good to see you've kept your sense of humor. Did you make any friends w/other parents there? Were you encouraged by any others going through the same thing? The prayers have been turned up and we'll be fasting as well, and remember no mt. dew and chocolates...Brady you're so worth it!!! We love you, get better!!!

  10. Hi, It sounds like you have NY all figured out. I never even asked about a carriage ride, I just assumed it was too much! We will be at the Marriott on 92nd st. Sat, Sun, checking out on Monday. Hope to catch up with you on Sun/Mon. my cell is 508-280-3553. What time will you be in ny? I think the plan is to go to Ronald after the party around 3-4ish, so check the LR/Kitchen when you get in. Hope to see you soon, love, Ellen and the kids.

  11. Meg and Matt,

    I am so glad you are journaling all of your adventures. After this is all over, you are going to want to go back and read them.
    I would feel priviledged to pray for Brady on Monday. I can pray from 7 -7:30 PM if you have that slot. If not put me in a slot after 7 PM.
    Enjoy your time at home with the family.
    Love and Prayers,
    Deb R.

  12. so much fun...except the bubbles and poop part!

    i'm so glad that you had fun...

  13. I would love to have a set time to pray for Bardy. Let me know what is open and we will fill in? Lots of fiesta smells in our house right now as we are preparing for tomorrow. Everyone coming is in prayer for your family and are overwhelmed at your grace, strength and story. God Bless Brady.
    Stacey, Frank and Carter

  14. Matt and Megan,

    So glad you made it home okay, Wow some adventure! Cab rides are ridiculously expensive, and yes serving booze while refusing coffee is very wrong. I will continue to pray for you and especially Monday. I will let everyone know that Monday is prayer warrior day. Take care

  15. I have shared your blog with my two gardening websites, my church, and will have Brady on the seminaries prayer list on Monday. I am also putting the blog address on my facebook page asking people to pray all of you.

  16. Meg let me know if you want me to come up to NYC to be with you and Brady, if Matt or your mom can not be there. I'm only 2 1/2 hours away, its a day trip, my calendar is open.

  17. Megan,
    I prayed for continuously while y'll were in NYC. I would like to be on the prayer list for Monday too!
    Mom to Evie, Maggie, and Josh

  18. I will pray from 5:45am - 6:15AM new mexico time (7:45 - 8:15AM your time)
    We love you!!!!!!!

    I can't get the Josh grobin song outta my head - "you raise me up so i can stand on mountains, You raise me up and calm the stormy seas . . . "

  19. Hi Megan, please let me know a set time to pray. Any time that's available is ok with me. God bless all of you as you take the next step. Bonnie

  20. Megan
    Glad to hear that things are on the up and up for Brady. What an adventure your trip was. Love Brady in his Bunny Ears too stinkin cute. I would love to pray for Brady on Monday if have 9:00 am to 9:30 a.m. open if not anytime will be fine. Giving up any half hour of my day to pray for Brady is an honor. God Bless You all! Tracy P.

  21. We will pray from 6:45-7:15. We have been with you through your good days and bad days. I know this is a miracle. Brady will be recovering so quickly and you will have a healthy family. John, Mary Kay, and Nicole Walls Churchton, MD (Jeanne Bracken's friends)

  22. Hi..Just wanted to let you know that I put out a prayer request yesterday on Facebook for Brady. I received an email from a former OA student..Paul Skelton. He wanted you to know that he lives 25 minutes from Sloan, and their family is away from Saturday until Wednesday. If you want a house to relax's yours. I can arrnage it if you are interested.
    We are all so happy this morning with the success of Brady's surgery!!! Janet Bates


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