To whom it may concern....
This blog is intended for those who wish to know the details and outcome of my last few weeks. Mant of you will have no interest in such tedium that is my personal life, do feel free to move on...
During my trip to IL a couple weeks ago, I came home early because I had a terrible case of strep throat. While I was laid up nursing my annual summer cold, my son devised a plan to run off to New Jersey to live with some girl he met online on a dating site.
ONe of our local churches thought it was a good idea to let my son work for a week so they would buy him a one way bus ticket. Who in their right mind would think it was a good idea to put a 19 year old autistic kid on a fucking bus.!!!
My son called me from the bus station. I managed to make it to the station before he boarded but there was no time to talk him out of going. So as he stepped on the bus I stuffed the $60 that I had in my purse into his pocket and tossed him my go bag with snacks and bottled water in it. I was crying like an idiot as the bus drove away.
He was supposed to call me when he got there but no word came. I called the girl several times before finding out that she had been lying to him this whole time and hadn't actually expected him to keep his word. So now instead of going there to stay with her, he was lost in a strange city, with no money, no phone, no friends and no plan. Since my home phone has a collect call blocker on it he couldn't even call home collect.
Luckily I have some really good friends out that way who have access to resources that I would never have imagined. After a few days they were able to track him down. Due to his Autism my son was uncooperative so he had to be taken to the hospital. He was so much of a problem that once he was located and admitted my friends had no choice but to withdraw their assistance. But my son was able to call from the hospital and was extremely emotional - it took quite a while to calm him down enough to get him to explain what had happened.
Everything that I had warned him about people online and going off to meet them turned out to be true and he just wanted to come back home. So I got on the phone and called him a cab to take him back to the bus station where I had a ticket for him waiting. 20 hours later he was back home, dissheveled and distraut but none the worse for the wear.
The past week has been spent getting him settled in and restarting his support services. His elopement brought about a shit load of red tape but it is pretty much taken care of. Hopefully he will have learned a valuable lesson and will not be scaring the shit out of me like that ever again.
My cold finally gone and my hives are almost gone YAY! Looking forward to finding the time to escape very soon!
Thanks Again to those of you who stepped up to lend me a hand with this issue. I was truly a mess and don't know what I would have done without all of your support. I sincerely apologize for the trouble he caused but am so so so happy to have him returned to me. I am eternally grateful and will more than make it up to each of you in the very near future.