My husband and I returned to our Potomac Hills home Monday afternoon, 48 hours after embarking on a beltway search for an air conditioned hotel.
Two hotels and $400 later, we had limited success.
The massive power outage that hit northern Virginia for two days had enormous consequences for many people. I had to flee from the oppressive heat.
I have a medical condition that requires me to stay out of the heat at all times. I have medicine worth thousands of dollars that needs to be refrigerated at all times, too. We put the medicine in an ice chest with all the ice we could salvage from the fridge, and we carted it with us.
And that’s how we started our sojourn Saturday at 4 a.m. when we realized the temperature hit 100 degrees, and we could not stay in our home because of the blackout.
We couldn't get through to any hotels in Tysons Corner.
All the circuits were down so we woke up our son in Indiana and he got us a room at the Embassy Suites in Old Town.
We thought we were OK until Sunday afternoon, when the hotel and some of Old Town was hit by a power outage. We made it down to the lobby before the last elevator was shut down.
Then we got in our air-conditioned car and drove around, while our kids in Indiana and North Carolina frantically searched for a hotel. Not easy since every hotel was booked with outage refugees.
They finally found us a room at the Westin at National Harbor where we looked over the river and marina.
It was great for 12 hours but then a blackout hit every hotel in the harbor around 11 a.m. Monday. We felt outraged, exhausted and desperate.
News8-TV saw my first McLean Patch story and came out to National Harbor to interview me for their ongoing coverage of the power blackout.
A neighbor called around noon to tell us the power was back on all over Potomac Hills. So we went home to a very hot house which took several hours to cool down.
This outage is no joke for anyone with a serious medical condition. It was no joke for me with a debilitating illness that cannot handle the heat.