Posts Tagged With: Sick

Tel Aviv to JFK

Jan 12 2009

I boarded the plane and played musical chairs a couple of times. I finally wound up in the 2nd to last row of the plane on the left side. I was on an aisle so I was happy. I was sitting next to Deb and Ben was behind me. Ben helped me put my bag in the overhead compartment.

Shortly into the flight I realized I didn’t feel well. My throat was killing me and I went through all my stuff looking for cough drops, but I couldn’t find any. I asked everyone in the group, but no one had. I started to drink lots of water. We were then served our dinner, which luckily was vegetarian. It was a cheese sandwich. I devoured it. I started to run a fever and I felt very claustrophobic. More than anything I wanted the flight to be over. I attempted to watch TV and read, but I couldn’t concentrate.

Staci came over and confirmed that I was running a fever. I eventually fell asleep, which never ever happens on a plane for me. I awoke when we were about two hours away from NYC. I was still very sick. We were served breakfast. Chloe took all the grapes and shoved them into her mouth at one time, which was funny. I didn’t eat much.

We finally landed and I called my mom. I informed her that I was very sick. I then waited on a line for customs, which took forever. I must have been on the line for over an hour. I got my bag and said goodbye to whoever was still in baggage claim. Then I found my mom and I was so happy to see her. She had the water bottle I requested. I chugged it. I missed NY water so badly! I used the bathroom and we took a cab back to the city. I rested during the whole cab ride.

I came home and shared some of my Israeli food with my mom. I told her I was going to take a nap on the sofa while she ran out for medicine. I was knocked out when she came back. She woke me up to take medicine and then I slept for over 24 hours.

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Exploring Charles de Gaulle Airport

8/6/11

I see my suitcase get unloaded. At least I know it made it to Paris. I take the shuttle to my correct terminal. I use the restroom and have to go through security. Their security is worse than New York’s. They wind up breaking the wheel on my carry on. That bag had lasted through a 12 day trip to Israel and a 9 day trip to Egypt (not to mention all my little side trips) only to break due to a careless security agent. Not cool. Time for my broken suitcase and I to explore the airport.

I look for my mom’s makeup first. They don’t have it. I then look for postcards. I buy some individual ones and a book of them. I also get a magnet, chocolate, and a mini Eiffel Tower. I want to buy a book on Versailles and another one on Paris, but I decide not to get them. I buy two pretty prints of Paris. I go to the food court, which sucks. I buy water and pita bread. I try to go to the lounge and get rudely denied despite having all the right cards to get in. Thus, I sit and wait in a chair for five hours. I eventually buy macaroons at La Maison Du Chocolat. They are expensive, but I hope they are worth it. I still feel sick and I am beyond exhausted at this point. I stop by Swarovski to take a look and to tell my mom I saw it.

They eventually begin to board us. However, we don’t get far when we find out that our plane has issues and we need a new one. No idea how long that will be. We switch to a different gate. I’ve been up for 15 hours after a week of no sleep and 14 of those hours have been spent traveling. I am tired and bored out of my mind. I decide to buy the Paris book to keep me awake. Two hours later we get a plane and board. Thank goodness because otherwise they were going to make us stay overnight at the airport and take a plane in the morning.

Macaroons

 

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Cairo to Paris

8/6/11

5 am. So tired!! Less than 4 hours of sleep. I get up and I feel awful. I feel so sick! All I want to do is stay in bed, but I have a ride and a flight to catch. I get to the lobby and my 6am ride is ready. The driver and Spring Tours representative are nice. The airport is chaos! My representative and a family argue back and forth in Arabic about security. Thank goodness I have the representative guiding me. He helps me change my seats to aisle seats. He also helps me fill out my forms. I tip him $5 and go through security. I see the men with the dark spots on their heads from praying too much. Sherif had told us about them. The dirt smudge from putting your head on the ground is considered a good thing.

I find a place to buy a water bottle, which was pretty expensive. I also find the lounge only to find out that they have free water bottles. They also have wifi. Yeah I get to do a 4sq Egypt check in. I use the restroom and don’t tip the lady. She’s mad at me. I figured I would use the restroom one more time before I boarded and would tip her then. However, not too long after the guy who runs the lounge runs over to me and tells me my flight is boarding. What! So early? Thank goodness he told me since the announcement was made in garbled Arabic. There is more security at the gate. Goodbye water bottles. We wait for the tram to take us to the plane.

My seat on the plane is small. Lovely. I have an Egyptian American teenage girl next to me. She’s working on history homework. I offer to help her and we spend some time chatting. She goes to school in California with her brother (who is sitting behind us). I watch Water for Elephants. I also watch No Strings Attached. I spill water all over myself, which is quite fun. I soak the blanket and my pants. We finally land at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

All my entrance tickets

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Light and Sound Show

8/3/11

We got back to the boat and almost everyone went straight down to dinner. I went straight to my room and unlocked my suitcase. It was all there! I was so happy. I didn’t even know where to begin. I texted my mom and filled her in. I peeled off my clothes and put on my clean costume. I then headed down to dinner. The Trafalgar group told me I looked great and were shocked to find out about my suitcase. I sat at my usual table and Paul took some pictures. Sherif liked my outfit as well. He passed around the contact list. We all added our info to it. The shirts for Lexi and Sonja came. I gave them to them.

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I then went back to the room and ate. I sorted through my suitcase. I condensed items and created a hamper bag. I changed into jeans, my King Tut shirt, my sandals from Greece, and my black hat. I gave Meg, Janelle, and Sonja back the clothes I borrowed from them. Lexi told me to keep her skirt, which was soooo nice of her! The twins gave me some antiseptic cream to put on my burnt legs, feet, and spots on my arms. I didn’t have time to do much else because it was time to leave for the light and sound show. Sherif commented that he liked my shirt.

We boarded the bus, but we were running late. There was a lot of traffic because people were out and about since Ramadan had ended for the night. The surprising thing was even though it was late at night it was 100 degrees out. Meg was starting not to feel well. We finally got to Karnak and we had to run to catch the beginning of the show. It was extremely dark and very cheesy. We were all bored, but I filmed the whole thing. The show had us walk through the temple to the sacred lake. I bought some water and chocolate by the lake. Everyone in our group seemed out of it.

Photo belongs to Paul

Once the show was over I walked back to the bus with Josh, Nicole, and Alli. All of sudden Alli collapses. Nicole and I carry her stuff and help her back to the bus. We find out Meg really isn’t feeling well. On the drive to the boat she starts throwing up.

We got back to the boat and I gave Janelle pepto and saltines for Meg. My burns were really painful and I kept applying Paul’s burn cream. I start to attack my suitcase and I prepare my clothes for tomorrow. I try to sort through everything and see what I need, don’t need right away, and what I can throw out. All of sudden it seems like I have a lot of stuff and I’m trying to shove it all into my suitcase and carry on bag. It’s close to 1am when I’m finally done sorting.

I’m preparing for bed when I hear Meg through the walls. She’s really sick. I knock on their door and Janelle comes out. She is really scared. I give her more saltines and pepto. Janelle calls her mother and we decide we need to get Meg a doctor. I run down to the desk, but no one is there. I head down to the lower deck and hear Nicole’s voice. She’s talking about how knowledgeable I am. I go into the jewelery story and ask them if they have seen Sherif. They haven’t. I go back to the desk and now someone is there. He gives me Sherif’s room number. Janelle and I head to his room, which is a couple doors down from mine. He comes out and isn’t wearing a shirt. Suddenly, I realize I have been running through the ship just in my tank top and PJ pants. Sherif puts on a shirt and calls a doctor. Sherif says he’ll stay with the girls until the doctor comes. Janelle tells me to go to bed. It wasn’t until well after 2am when I finally climb into bed.  Tomorrow is going to be a doozy.

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Heading Home from Dallas

June 18 2012

Woke up feeling awful. Of course I would get sick on the morning we need to leave for the airport. We eventually were able to check out and get on a train. Then we took the two shuttle buses to the airport. There was a giant wishbone at the airport, which was cool and sort of random. We went to the airport lounge for American Airlines. The lounge was big and had some light snacks. There were free computers to use as well. Since we were so early my mom had some snacks and used a computer to check her email. I parked myself on a coach and spent the time on the phone with the doctor. We eventually boarded the plane only to find out our plane would be delayed for more than an hour due to the emergency landing shoot not working. Lovely. I was so happy when we landed and were finally home.

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