February 28th, 2017 – Flight Home-Mumbai, India to Ottawa, Canada
The morning of February 28th I caught my last domestic flight from Cochin to Mumbai and had all day to go shopping in Mumbai and take it easy before my flight back to Canada.
Just when I thought my adventures were over in India, little did I know that my flights home were going to be more adventurous than I ever expected. Some of you have heard this story before and I apologize in advance! For those who are reading it for the first time, hold onto your seats because here we go 😛
Mumbai, India to Zurich, Switzerland- 1 A.M. IST Feb 28th: Halfway through the flight, I awoke to an older lady in the aisle who got upset because she didn’t make it to the bathroom on time so she started screaming at the flight staff and everyone around her. Passengers tried to help by yelling out to her, asking if she is ok, then the staff tried to get her back to her seat but she refused to sit because she had wet clothes. She walked throughout the plane screaming at everyone, sitting on armrests of other passengers and almost on top of a baby. Her son tried to calm her down and return her to her seat but couldn’t. The co-pilot came by and tried to convince her and couldn’t, he ordered the staff to block the emergency exits and he called overhead for a Dr to come help this lady so luckily a Dr volunteered. After an hour of convincing, he gave her some medication they had on board to calm her down because it was either that or make an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia and get her off the plane. That was a 9-hour flight and we were all happy to land in Zurich. Whew!! As soon as I got off the plane, I headed straight for the Lindt chocolate store and started eating chocolate right away! The fact that it was 7 a.m Swiss time was irrelevant and I bought so much to bring home for my kids because we’re all addicted to it and proud of it 😛
Zurich, Switzerland to Toronto, Canada: One hour into the flight, another overhead page for a Dr or nurse was made out of panic. Being a nurse, I got up to see what was needed and a lady who had surgery 4 weeks ago was traveling sooner than expected. She had abdominal pain, rapid breathing, increased pulse and was dehydrated from vomiting prior to boarding. She was also on the flight from India like me so she had already been traveling for a long time. After laying her down across 4 seats, we contacted a Dr. on the ground and I applied oxygen, took her blood pressure and pulse, started an IV right away and gave Gravol IV. Thank God I got the IV first try because they only had one cathalon on board in their emergency kit and it’s been 4 years since I inserted an IV! It was either that or make an emergency landing but knowing we were over the Atlantic Ocean I’m not sure where we would have landed; maybe Iceland. The staff was great with me, they wrote everything down I was doing and I stayed with this lady for the entire 8-hour flight while she recovered. When we landed the paramedics came on board to take her off first and I gave them the full report of what happened. Air Canada gave me a discount for 2 people on my next flight because I was the only medical person on board and it was a way to thank me for the help which was very nice of them. Next trip will be with my 2 kids and the discount will help for sure. So 2 back to back close call emergency landings later, I had one more flight to go to get home and I was praying it would be calm!! As soon as I landed in Toronto I had to eat because I was starving 🙂
Toronto to Ottawa: The usual turbulence but other than that I arrived safely and exhausted. Thanks to my great friend Diane for picking me up at the airport, I was so dead! I missed you!! Back to the chilling cold of Canada.
I’ve been home for about eight weeks now and it took me roughly 2 weeks to recover from the jet lag, my vacation, and the flights. I started a new job 2 days after getting back so it’s been very busy for me ever since but I am enjoying my time there.
Many thanks to everyone who has been following my This Is India blog adventures, it’s been just as fun to write as it is to read and answer the comments ❤ Many thanks to everyone who played a part in my This Is India blogs, you guys are the best, love you lots! For those of you who would like to connect with my friends, here are their blog links:
Darshith – https://darshith0000.wordpress.com/
Nimitha – https://nimzrevealed.wordpress.com/
Pratyusha – https://naughtyinnocence.wordpress.com/
Rafat – https://imrafat.wordpress.com/
Karthik – https://powerfuloverflow.wordpress.com/
Noorain – https://theplatememoirs.wordpress.com/
Neerja – https://ametalk.wordpress.com/
Nitin – http://tinytidbits.in/
If you’ve never been to India, you have to go. If you live there, you are extremely fortunate and if you ever want to get away, please come to Canada and see me 😉
That Was India, 2017.
Lots of Love ❤
**P.S: On a different note, my next blogs will be about my upcoming book release which is right around the corner in May so please stay tuned for that, I am super excited to tell you all about it!!