H signs. I thank the road crews for those blue H signs. I never would have found this hospital without them. I finally arrive in the emergency room. It is a Sunday evening, approximately 11:00 p.m. and the waiting room is packed. Not a seat available. I stop at the desk and tell them my name and they immediately say, "Go right back to bed 8. The doctor has been waiting for you." I'm not sure if that is a good thing.
I walk past several groaning patients until I come to bed 8. It is empty. EMPTY. Now the fear is creeping back in. The last 30 minutes of my ride I had come to peace with the situation. The nurse told me earlier TJ would be going home tonight, so I'm thinking a few broken bones, some stitches, maybe a concussion. But why is the bed empty? Then a doctor comes over.
He tells me the call came in as a truck making direct contact with a passenger car at 65 MPH without breaking. ER prepares for the worst. They have the necessary docs and departments on stand by. It was not called DOA by the paramedics. That is good news. He continues on by telling me they start with a visual eye scan for cuts, bleeding, protruding bones. They see a tiny cut above the eye. It does not require stitches. Nothing else. They check for possible internal injuries. Again nothing. So they send him down for a CT scan and an MRI. Nothing. They cannot believe it. They call for another doc to look at the films. To look at TJ. They look at the clipboard from the ambulance to make sure they have the right patient. They are shocked there are no injuries. He informs me they don't often see miracles in the ER, but today he is sure of it.
About this time, I see a young man walking down the hallway in a hospital gown. I blink my eyes trying to get a clearer image. It's like watching a movie in slow motion. I recognize him, yet it's blurry. Soon, he is clinging to me tightly. He buries his head in my shoulder. I hold him tighter. He starts to whisper between gentle sobs, "Mom I was so scared. When I saw the truck coming at me the only thing I could think is I can't die before Sarah, she needs me." At that moment, my legs go weak and the tears start freely flowing...