I had taken the address provided by MUSC and put it into the Tom Tom as soon as I had the information. Since we planned to leave at 5 am, I left nothing to chance. The letter from MUSC giving directions and appointment time had rested in the bottom of my purse for over a week, a small bag which held his medicine was hanging on the front door so we couldn't miss it and the phones were charged, ready to go.
Tuesday morning we managed to get out the door by 6 am, just an hour later than planned, but according to Tom Tom it would only take 2 hours and 28 minutes to get there, so we were confident that we would arrive in plenty of time for the 10:30 am appointment. I listened to Nell (Tom Tom's voice avatar) as she guided us confidently down the highways and for the first time did not lead us off onto the unbeaten path we would discover was the wrong way a few miles down the road. While part of me wonders how any of us ever managed to get from point A to point B without these GPS systems, I was still suspicious of their actual intentions. I did not trust Nell to get us there without some complication. Call it my natural skepticism, call it what you may, but I just did not trust her. I have a suspicion that she drinks.
We were amazed when we hit the Charleston area at how homesick we felt. The signs for the Naval Weapons Station, Remount Road, Goose Creek...it was like coming home. But as we got closer to Charleston proper it was like a nightmare. The interstate lanes twined in and out and around and over and by now Nell was beginning to sound harried. And that is when it happened. I looked ahead of us and saw this monstrosity of a bridge looming ahead of us. Oh Dear God, (I was praying aloud) please don't LET THAT BE THE WAY! And that's when it happened. The little harpy living in the GPS said "stay left" and the next thing I knew we were headed into the jaws of hell and ascending rapidly towards what I was afraid would seal our doom. Nell immediately tried to correct her mistake with shouts of "GO RIGHT GO RIGHT" and I was threatening to throw her little booty out the side window without further adieu. Mac told me to calm down we would turn around after crossing the Arthur Ravenel Bridge...I guess I was shouting at Nell and at one point Mac said it sounded like Nell was shouting back. It was a scenario Stephen King would have been proud of. We finally got turned around and Nell took a long beat before getting us back on track. We pulled onto Courtney Drive at exactly 8:45...I thought about the harrowing trip over that suspension bridge (both ways) and shuddered. "There's a restaurant, pull in, " I told Mac..."I need a cup of coffee." Glaring at Nell, I unplugged her and put her into her little carrying bag. I'm sure she was glad to be back in its soft confines. I'll bet the first thing she did was get roaring drunk.