Thursday, July 31, 2008

My Stomach Ache

The last few days before camp, I had a raging stomach ache. No, I was not sick, just a bit stressed. I told Jeff that I was really looking forward to not having that stomach ache any longer. He helpfully offered this, "You'll still have a stomach ache, it just won't be a camp stomach ache. You will have a Ryan-is-going-to-Chile stomach ache."

I have it today.

We are trying to take care of last minute details, since he leaves tomorrow. It is a strange day. I never like the last day before a transition. I'll miss him, but I don't want to talk about that all day. I'm excited for him, that's for sure. I wouldn't keep him home if I even could. I hope we are tying up all the loose ends.....

The biggest loose end was handled earlier this week. Ryan has been working on getting a student visa for months. He had to have a federal background check, medical tests, letters, etc. He did it all. He was to pick up his visa at the Chilean Consulate in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Jeff and Ryan were there early Tuesday, only to find out that Ryan's passport was not acceptable. Okay, it had been through the washer and dryer. It was still legible, just not in perfect condition. The woman at the consulate said they would never let him into Chile with that passport. Ryan had to go apply for a new one, at a nearby federal building. He was told it might take days to get it.

Even the earthquake that they experienced in that federal building that day (5.4) didn't rattle my guys as much as the possibility of Ryan missing the Friday flight. My cell phone was ringing a lot with updates and complaints all that morning. The girls and I were out school shopping. We were planning to shop into the afternoon, but I had a strong feeling that I should go home before lunch. (I'm sure my girls thought I was making it up, to get out of shopping.) The minute we pulled into the garage, Ryan called to say that he needed me to fax over his flight information. I was able to send that within minutes of his call, since I was home. He had a passport by the end of the day!

Jeff and Ryan had to spend another night there, because by the time they received the passport, the consulate was closed. Believe me, they were waiting at the consulate before it opened the next morning, and had Ryan's student visa within an hour.

With all that behind us, my stomach ache should be history also. My jobs have been easy. I went with Ryan to buy a few clothes, and some Imodium. I think all we have left to get is a memory card. Maybe I will feel better after he actually gets on that flight. Or possibly relief will come when he lands, and lets us know that things are good. Or....maybe I will have a stomach ache until Christmas when he comes back.....

(I really don't think so...but I can't tell right now.)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the Mom-ache, I imagine it must be both exhilarating and terrifying to have your son so far away with such a great opportunity. Tell him happy travels for me!

Linda :) said...

Wedding and camping and forever friends..... everyone looks so great and having a good time!!
and Wow Ryan off again... I'm so proud of him, so I can just imagine how you feel, lol...
Your family is so amazing!!
Have a great weekend!!

Brandie said...

So glad it all worked out - and I hope he has a wonderful time there and that your stomach ache starts to get better.

PEHNelson said...

Are you hanging in there ok?