Monthly Archives: January 2012

AirFrance Flight from Hell to HEL… well Paris First

We boarded our flight to Paris full of excitement.  The girls were looking very forward to eating their dinner on the flight and watching  a movie with their new Sony Headphones.  We got settled in our four middle seats.  And before we knew it we were up, up and away.  Natalie had been mentioning that her tummy had be aching for a little while, but we assumed it was because she was hungry since both girls did not eat much of their lunches.  Both girls decided they wanted to watch Mr. Poppins Penguins.  We started watching that.  We decided to hit the bathrooms before the dinners were delivered.  That is when Ella mentioned for the first time of her tummy hurting.  I told her dinner would be here soon.  We sat ourselves back down and started with our movies again.  The flight attendant brought great kid meals.  Both girls began to eat.  Everything was going great!  Christian and I even managed to reach over to each other and gave a little kiss.  The adventure was officially on and we were not going back.  Both girls seemed to slow down.  Christian had just started our second airplane bottle of red wine with our dinner.  I recall having my pasta and something else  and then out of the blue, Ella started vomiting.  I grabbed the first thing I could to try and catch what I could, which was the airplane blanket.  She managed to get it all over her outfit, new headphones and me.  Christian quickly got up and grabbed the airplane barf bags.  I asked him to get some towels and a plastic bag and before he got back, Natalie started vomiting in the barf bag at least.  I tried to give both girls the “Disney Barf Pill”, but it did not work at all.  Ella and I quickly got to the restroom and changed her clothes.  I had a nightgown and pants in a bag.  The rest of the night on the plane was a awful with both girls vomiting which then led to dry heaving.  I lost count of the number of barf bags.  I just wanted this now nightmare to end.  I could not wait to get off the plane.  All I could smell was vomit.

One of the saddest parts of this happening was that we had planned on taking the girls to see the Eifel Tower during our 7.5 hour layover in Paris.  I bought silver charm bracelets that we were going to give the girls after visiting the Eifel Tower and I had pre-purchased Eifel Tower charms.  Our friend, Karin was going to meet up with us and visit the Eifel Tower and take us to have a bite to eat.  We knew this was not going to happen.  Christian told he knew there was a medical center there in the airport and we would head there.

We were the last ones off the plane and of course we had to climb down steps with two very weak girls and 7 carry-on bags to the runway where we would get on a bus to take us to the terminal.  I remember begging to a more powerful being to please let us get to the terminal without any vomit since we were packed in like sardines.    Thankfully, we made it to the terminal with no vomit, but extremely thirsty girls.  We promised water soon.  Our next challenge would be going through customs.  More prayers from me.  Thankfully once again we made it through and now were off to find the medical center.  The customs agent made it sound so easy.  Not sure if you have been in the CDG Airport in Paris, but it is HUGE and CONFUSING!  So glad Christian seemed confident and in control of where we were going.  Maybe it was me not having but maybe 30 minutes of sleep if that.  Both girls were being troopers, but kept complaining of needing water.  We finally made it to the medical center.

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Hello world!

As of January 18th, 2012 we became official Expats!  We departed Atlanta, Georgia and headed for Helsinki, Finland.  All of us were very excited!   This would be the girls first long flight and our first time as a family to go overseas.

On the 17th the movers came to pack our items that will be shipped over in a container on a boat.  That process can take 4-7 weeks.  Let’s hope for 4 weeks.

The 17th was an exhausting day as it took the entire day and evening for the 2, yes only 2 movers, to pack us up.  The girls headed over to the Barkers to play to get out of the way!  THANK YOU BARKERS!  As the day went on, I picked up the girls and the first issue began.  Natalie started to complain about her ankle.  Tears are more like it.  As I took off her sock it was apparent her foot was swollen and it was painful to touch.  My communication with EVERYONE was NIL because a few days earlier I had surrendered my iPhone 😦 to my husband’s company.  Saving some dollars now did not make sense to me. Using my friend’s phone Christian and I decided to take her to Urgent Care. Our plans for a relaxing time in an Alpharetta hotel and the girls’ request to go to Chuck E Cheese’s for their last supper in the USA  were about to be turned upside down.

While we were busy with this, the movers, which had been there at 8:45am still  had not even started packing the container/truck.

Still, we headed to the Urgent Care.  Natalie ended up being “stuck” as the doctor put it for blood and then had an X-ray.  Thankfully the X-ray was normal, but the blood work showed an elevation in her white blood cell count.  The concern then became an infection.  The doctor started thinking we might need to go to the Children’s Hospital for a bone scan.  Really?!? You can only imagine what was racing through our minds as we were thinking – ah…we are getting on a plane tomorrow to move overseas.  I started to become Dr. Mom.  I told the doctor about two spots I recalled seeing on her legs.  They were still slightly there.  If you felt her foot you could feel heat too.  We then decided may be this could be hives and some sort of allergy.  He decided to give her Hydroxyzine (stronger Benadryl) and shot of adrenaline. Yep, another shot!  If it worked we would avoid the Children’s Hospital.

Christian and Ella left to meet the movers that had finally finished and needed papers signed off.  Natalie and I waited to see what  would happen with the medicine.  Her little heart was racing!!!  Well…luckily it seemed to work.  So it looks as if she was having an allergic reaction.  We would be making one more run to the CVS Pharmacy “after hours.” It is now 9:00pm and none of us have had any dinner.  Christian decided to we would go directly to the hotel.  The Hyatt Place on NorthPoint Parkway.  An awesome front desk lady got the girls a hot cookie and milk.  We went upstairs and decided to go back down to the lobby and have some pizza – the time is now 10pm.  Not at all what we pictured for our last evening in Alpharetta.  Christian still had a FedEx (Sorry Eric!) to send out and medicine to pick up and boxes to break down and a Coinstar run and…  I think the girls finally got to bed at around 11pm and Christian got back to the hotel around mid-night.

The next morning we spent the entire last moments organizing and making sure the house was empty.  We were departing at 2:00pm for the airport.  THANK YOU LENGYELS for helping us with this first leg of our very long trip.  We were very excited and enjoyed spending the last minutes in Georgia with the best neighbor anyone could possibly  have.  I mean that sincerely!!  I wish I could pack them and bring them to Finland with us!!  We will miss them dearly!!  Megan sent us off with tears streaming down her face.  I told her stop because I did not want the faucet to begin.  I was able to stay strong because I was just so excited and so glad this day was finally here!

We checked in and scrambled to adjust some bags with weight adjustments.  We managed to fix them so that no additional charges were required thanks to Christian’s Platinum status with Delta Airlines.  6 bags checked and another 7 carry-ons were on our way.  We got to the gate where Christian headed off with the girls and got them a treat and we waited and made some last minute phone calls to our parents.

And finally the moment arrived and we boarded AirFrance headed for Paris/Helsinki.

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