January 17th, 2005

Sydney - couch

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. :)
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