You didn’t hear from me yesterday. That’s the first time in nearly four years that I didn’t publish a blog post on Tuesday morning. Did you miss me?
My family and I were at the mercy of the Winter storm that just swept through Ontario and Quebec, and it took us 40 hours to get from my parent’s home in Sundre, Alberta, to ours here in Burlington. It’s usually eight hours door to door.
This is what I wrote on my personal Facebook Page yesterday, and my adrenaline is still pumping:
Friends. Thank you for your concern. We are SAFE. I need to tell you about this circus because you will not believe it.
Our trip home began yesterday morning, leaving Sundre at 6:45am. In the last 30 hours we have experienced flight delays, push-backs to the gate, flight cancellations, and several trips through 60-90min baggage and security lineups. The most terrifying experience of my life was trying to land at Pearson last night- we were over the runway, past the tops of buildings when we experienced wind shear and the pilot had to abort the landing- as we rose back out of Toronto we could hear the ice pellets hitting the plane and could not see a thing through the thick cloud. Chris and I were separated, as the plane didn’t have room for us to sit together, and our sleeping children missed their parent’s terror completely.
We arrived at our hotel in Montreal at 3:30am last night and our flight today was again cancelled. There are no rental cars available. We are now at the Via station waiting for our (delayed) train and hope to be home by midnight tonight, as scheduled. We have 100lbs of luggage, two car seats, 4 carry-ons, and we have taken 8 cabs/planes/shuttles/trains. Oh, and Chris lost his wallet to spice things up a bit.
But we are SAFE. What an end to a peaceful 2015!!!
I had a full day of patients booked yesterday, my first day back after five days of Christmas vacation, and our wonderful reception team (yay Morgan, Emilia, and Jen!) stepped up to the plate for me and were busy rescheduling patients, fielding calls, and altering their shifts to accommodate my situation. They are the backbone of our clinic and I was reminded of that yet again.
You can now find me at Burlington Sports & Spine Clinic:
- Today, 11:00am-7:30pm
- Tomorrow (Dec 31st): 8:30am-1:30pm
- Sat, January 2nd: 9:45am-1:00pm
Regular post-holiday hours resume January 4th.
And yes, I wrote this post late last night. The euphoria of being home kept me awake.