Every six months we make a trip to Boston for Ellie’s heart check up. That usually entails a three hour drive up to Boston all day scans and tests then a drive home. This time it was a bit more complicated.
We were home from Bali four days (with a birthday party in that time) when we caught a flight and headed to the Sates. Singapore-Narita-Chicago-Boston, 29 hours later we were walking into our hotel in Boston. We decided because it was such a crazy journey that only Ellie and I would go. This meant for the first time Ellie was able to sit in first / business class on the flights. United has a requirement for employees’ families traveling on passes must be 8 to sit in first / business class. This was the first time since she turned 8 we didn’t have Sadie with us so we scored business class there and back on the longest leg of the journey. Ellie was in heaven. Huge seats and tvs with real blankets and pillows AND ice cream sundaes. She never wants to fly coach again.
The visit to Boston Childrens’ went very well. Dr Marx said there wasn’t much change in her meausrements but he wanted to see her this summer when we were home. He would like to do a stress test. The expectation is as she gets bigger that she will begin to slow down especially in sustained / long activity because her mitral valve won’t be able to keep up. He wants to see what long activity does to her numbers. It will give us a better idea of when her next surgery will be.
Since we finished early at the hospital we went on a walk before returning to the hotel. After being in an airplane for 29 hours and in the hospital for half a day if felt good to stretch our legs. I knew there where Fens in Boston and that there was Fenway Park but until I walked down a street that had the Fens on one side and Fenway on the other it never connected in my brain Fenway is called Fenway because of the Fens. Humm.
We even found one of the best burgers in Boston at Boston Burger Company. It was worth the walk! With a full tummies and a bit of jet lag, we returned to the hotel and were in bed early.
We ate a few of our favs with a few of our favs. We had wonderful time with the Harrells and the Scalffs. It was just so awesome to reconnect and have time with my besties.Adding the kiddos to the dynamic was just the icing.
We ended the whirl wind six day trip in Richmond. Since we had to fly into Richmond instead of Norfolk I needed to return the rental car there. It was an awesome chance to see my oldest friend as well as my second Mom and family. I got to visit with Cherie, Missy, their families and Polly Ann and Wayne. It felt so good to see them again even though it was only for a few hours and Ellie got to spend time with Ellie. It really made my heart full seeing Ellie get along so well with my friends children. The next generation making us proud …