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17 January 2005 @ 11:28 pm
I'm FINALLY home! :)  
Have I mentioned that I hate to fly? I must have the world's worst luck when it comes to flying - no matter what the situation, I ALWAYS manage to get stranded somewhere. I think it started when I was in college - I actually got stranded in LA on my trip home after graduation because of the American Airlines pilot strike. :P In 2001, I got stranded in NYC because of the plane crash out of JFK (which everyone thought was terrorist related at the time). In 2000, I got stranded with a bunch of Jaycee friends coming back from a National Convention in Tennessee AND those who have been reading my journal for a while will remember that Mark & I got stranded in NYC during the big Presidents' Day blizzard in 2003. Now I can add today's flight to my long list. :P

With about 3 1/2 hours left on our 9 hour flight from Cincinnati to Honolulu, there was an announcement over the loud speaker asking if there was a medical doctor on board. There was a lot of bustling around and we were told not to leave our seats, and a few moments later there was another announcement saying that they were turning the plane around and heading back to LA due to a medical emergency.

It was about 2 hours back to LA from where we were and thankfully we got there in time to get the poor young lady on our flight some medical attention. No one really knew what was wrong, but she was having abdominal pains and couldn't stop throwing up. I certainly hope that she's alright - she was crying and screaming almost the entire way back to LA - poor thing! :(

Once she was taken for medical attention, we were told to remain on the plane until it could be re-fueled and so we could head back to Honolulu. By the time we finally made it home, it was close to 10pm - nearly 5 hours from when we were supposed to have arrived. My Mom & I had been up since 4am this morning NYC time, so we've been up and traveling for almost 24 hours straight. :P I'm extremely exhausted, so please forgive me if I'm not able to catch up with all of you tonight - I promise to catch up with everyone tomorrow. And I'm not sure how I'll be able to get up in time for work tomorrow. :P

But all the traveling drama aside, it's so nice to be home! I'm off to cuddle with the hubby and fuzzy dog and finally get some sleep - in my own bed! :) Hope everyone is well. :)
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
queenstacey on January 18th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC)
WOW, I've only flown once. And it was on a 8 seater Jet... I think that when I do get on a regular plane it will be a let down. LOL

Welcome Home....

Traveling Drama is never good. :o) Aren't ya glad that's over?
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd be scared to fly on an 8 seater! The smaller the plane, the more worried I get. ;)

I'm so glad it's over - travel drama is horrible! :P Thanks for the sweet welcome home! :)
Care: hugscareleswhisper on January 18th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you two got home safely. :) I hope you get some rest.

Welcome back. :D *hug*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carrie! :) It's so nice to be home - back to my own computer! ;)

Thanks for the welcome home! I've missed you all! :) *HUGS*
curlybear on January 18th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
That sounds like me riding Greyhound on the trip from hell. We were met in Davenport, IA by the Iowa State Police because apparently someone in the back of the bus was drunk and took off his pants and started playing with himself. We got into Illinois without incident until somewhere around Dixon we were stopped and asked if anyone on board had any kind of medical or first aid training. I was the only one with any first aid training. Apparently there was another Greyhound bus headed to Chicago pulled on the side of the road with a passenger who had a severe nosebleed and our bus was the first thing that stopped to help. I helped her stop the bleeding and I had to ride on the other bus for a while, fortunately the driver of the first bus which went ahead to DeKalb (where I was getting off the bus) remembered to find my parents and tell them what was going on and leave my luggage and wait until I got there before he left. Oh, did I mention there were also blizzard conditions throughout most of the evening?
I'm glad you guys are okay. That's kind of scary about that lady (poor thing was probably scared to death herself). And I hope that lady is okay too. And I hope you guys get some sleep. :)
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
Wow - that Greyhound bus experience sounded just awful! :( How lucky that you were there and able to help, though! I'm hoping that poor lady is alright too - she really wasn't doing well at all. Luckily she was able to get medical attention in LA.
irisheyes77 on January 18th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you're home safe and sound and I can't wait to hear the details of your trip when you're up to writing them out.

That poor lady. I wonder what was wrong with her?
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks - it's so nice to be home! After about 18 hours of flying non-stop I was just so happy to set foot on solid ground! ;)

One of the flight attendants thought it might be her galbladder, but others thought it might be much more serious. It was sad because she was only in her mid-twenties at most and really scared (I think she was traveling alone.) :( Hope she's alright!
Rachelreelcowgirl on January 18th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
What a dramatic turn of events! I'm sure you are completely exhausted. It seems like everywhere there's drama at the airport; this weekend there was an ice storm in Portland when my mom had to fly back here from Poland. It took us hours to get up to the airport on the interstate going eight miles an hour, with chains, because the road was so slick. Once we got there, her flight from Chicago almost got re-routed to San Francisco...but it finally landed and we trudged back home...finally we got to bed at three in the morning. Makes me wonder what it's like to live in Hawaii where there's no ice! :) Have a great day!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow - I'm so glad that your Mom made it home and that you guys made it up there to get her safely too! I'm certainly glad that we've never had to deal with ice on the roads here - it sounds so dangerous! I'm so glad you're all home safe, though! :)

Have a nice day too, Rachel! :D
ex_tropical548 on January 18th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
I really don't like flying either. It makes me feel light & my stumick gets all nervous. I've only flown once maybe I'll get used to it, but I doubt it.

Glad your home now so you can relax. :)
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 18th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Flying always makes me nervous. Especially long 12 hour flights to the East Coast - you'd think I'd be used to it by now - but I don't think I could ever get used to it. :P

Thanks for the welcome home! I wish I didn't have to go to work this morning - blech for jet lag! :P
Blanche: zoe bowieblanche on January 18th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Sheesh. Hope she's all right. And welcome home. Home is where the Sheltie/Papillon/Whatever breed lives.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
I hope she's alright too - she didn't sound too good as we were heading back. :(

And you're certainly right, home is wherever the fuzzy dog is (and hubby too!) :)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on January 18th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Sheri! :) I'm glad that you and your Mom got home safe and hopefully the young lady is alright.

Hope you found some rest and that you had a nice day. :)

Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine! :) I missed everyone! :( I hope the girl on the plane is okay too - it might've been an appendicitis too. :(

I didn't get to catch up on my sleep yet - maybe tonight. ;)

Hope you're having a nice week. :) *HUGS*
ajayne on January 18th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! :D

What a horrible flight... and especially for that poor woman. I hope she's OK.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
Thanks, Andrea! And that poor woman - I hope she's alright too! Poor thing was traveling by herself and scared to death. :(
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Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 07:58 am (UTC)
Oh, me too! She was in so much pain - poor thing! :( It's great to be back though. Hope you're well... *HUGS*
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loseraudienceawaits on January 19th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Welcome Back!!

I'm so sorry about the plane ride...I can't believe that even without that situation your flight is 9 hours long! An 8 hour flight almost drove me insane. :| That must have been so frustrating.

I can't wait to hear about your trip. Enjoy your sleep!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
Thanks, Gill! :) I love to travel, but it's always SO nice to come home! :)

And the flight from here is crazy - 9 hours to Cincinnati and then a connecting flight of two and a half hours to NYC. :P I wish NY was closer - I really can't get used to all this flying... I'll endure it only for great theatre. ;)
orion74 on January 19th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're home!

It probably was her gallbladder. I had a gallbladder attack and then had to have mine taken out and it was the worst pain I've ever felt. I was hit by a car as a kid and had my thigh bone broken, too, so I know pain! :P
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tom! :) I've missed catching up with everyone on a daily basis while I was away. :(

Wow - you've certainly been through a lot! :( They thought it was probably her gallbladder... They said the pain came out of nowhere - poor thing! :(
karmastyxkarmastyx on January 19th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
Glad you two made it home safe. :) HUGS!

That poor lady.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on January 19th, 2005 08:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. :) It's so nice to be back home with the hubby and fuzzy dog! :)

And I felt really bad for that lady too. :( She was in the back of the plane but we could all hear what pain she was in. :(