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So happy to be in his loving arms again

The kids and I made it back to Cairo last night.  The travels were full of ups and downs.

Ups:

- The kids were absolutely fantastic. Sprout was calm and helpful. Junebug was smiley and only cried once from utter fatigue, and that wouldn't have been much of a problem if it hadn't happened right during the meal service.

- Both on the ground and in the air, I met with very friendly staff who helped with problems. And one of J's colleagues was on the same flight, so he was able to help me with my carry-ons.

- I was a tad concerned that I would meet with problems since the person who booked our tickets used my maiden instead of married name, but the person who treated with me at the passport control point was none other than a colleague of J's from when we lived in Mayotte. So, not only did I have no problems, I got to catch up with an old friend.  Talk about good fortune smiling upon us.

Downs:

- I got to bed way too late Friday night Saturday morning and then had insomnia.  Traveling alone with a small child and infant is not the easiest thing to do after a night of good sleep and much less easy only only four hours shut-eye.  I woke at 5 a.m. feeling a bit queasy and knew I was in for it. I was able to stave off the worst of it until 2hrs out from Cairo. Then the nausea got bad enough that I had to sit with the sick bag in one hand, while holding Junebug with the other. Once we landed, I thought I had made it without throwing up, but it was not to be. I had to use the bag in front of everyone until I could get a flight attendant to hold Junebug so I could be sick in private in the lavatory.

- When J left France mid-July, the agent at the check-in counter asked where Junebug was. J said the baby was flying out with me in August, and that created a big mess because for some reason, even though Junebug's ticket was for 30 Aug, he was somehow on J's ticket.  The agent changed it, BUT! s/he also changed Junebug's last name to my maiden name!  What the frack. So that created a mess first thing in the morning. Good thing I believe in going early to the airport...even if it means getting up too early.

Best:

- Hugging my husband, however briefly because of the sick, after being apart for a month and a half.

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asakiyume
Aug. 31st, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
You poor, poor thing. That is *awful*. So glad you're safe at home base now, where you have your own bathroom to be sick in, if you need to be.

(((big hugs))
mnfaure
Aug. 31st, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, I was very sick in the airport bathroom so felt decent enough not to puke on the (noisy and polluted--seriously, it felt like the city turned out to honk and expel exhaust fumes to welcome us home :P) ride home. Once I was able to lie prone and have J help with Junebug, I felt better. J is working now, though, so I hope this night will be easier than the last.

(((big hugs back at you)))
judo100
Aug. 31st, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it with 'only' small problems. (Being sick NEVER seems like a small problem, I know).
mnfaure
Aug. 31st, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
It definitely doesn't. I'm old and experienced enough now to know it is extreme fatigue that gets me in such a dreadful state, so I've vowed to do everything in my power not to let it happen again.

In Oct, we are going to the States to visit family and have a 20+hr flight plus a 1.5 hr drive upon our arrival to look forward to. Let us hope I use this poor experience as a reminder of why it is important to have everything done ahead of time. It will also be easier because my husband will be there to help with the kids.

BTW, you didn't post Alaska pictures while I was away on holiday, did you? I would hate to think I missed them. :(
queenoftheskies
Aug. 31st, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
So very sorry to hear that you were sick. ::HUGS::

Glad you had a safe trip back, and that your family is together again.

Wishing you many safe wishes for your stay in Egypt.
mnfaure
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:40 am (UTC)
thank you for sharing!
it was definitely un-fun, but oh the joy of being a reunited family.
frigg
Sep. 1st, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
Aw...
*hugs* to you to make you feel better
and *hugs* to the little ones for being so good.
xjenavivex
Sep. 11th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
::hugs you tight:: I am glad of the good but feel for you because of the bad.
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