Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Emergency Room Visit/Missed Flight

We are not on the plane to China as we were supposed to be. At around 5am this morning, Jie Jie awoke screaming in pain and had some other things going on that constituted a true emergency, our first. Off we went and even though I told them we had a plane to catch, they were sooo slow from the nurses to the doctors to the pharmacy, which was the final undoing. We finally did arrive at the airport 35 minutes before the plane was due to leave but they wouldn't let us run for it. "This is a secure building, ma'am, you can't just run through it," was what the United employee told me. We looked terrible, I've not brushed my teeth since yesterday, there wasn't time! Jie Jie's hair was all over the place since I didn't have time to brush it as we rushed and rushed to try to get to the airport in time. I am sorry that the United employees couldn't escort me like the wind to security and get me on that plane. I believe it was my flight that flew over us as we left.

I am rescheduled to leave tomorrow, however, the itinerary is all messed up as there aren't any flights from Hong Kong to Nanchang where we were going to spend a day or two at Jie Jie's orphanage. I lost $200 in a hotel booking in Hong Kong because it was prepaid, though we'll try to use it on a different day if we can.

I am going to repack my carry-on luggage since I threw it all together in my friend's van, and see if I can scrounge up some food, get Jie Jie's mediation sorted and rest and recover.

I know I ask often, but we could sure use some prayers here, specifically that the antibiotic Jie Jie on will be the right one because if it's not, she's looking at three days of hospitalization for IV antibiotic treatment. I was to keep checking her Kaiser website for the lab results, from China, and be ready to find a Western Clinic. Risky, I know. Scary, for sure. This is all terribly hard on me, especially because I'd not been to bed when Jie Jie fell ill. This was a very good lesson to me on the high pain tolerance that she has and the words she uses to describe it. I need to really get her to the doctor when she says, "It really hurts, like I want to cry, but I brave," and then goes off and plays like normal.


Dennis and Karen said...

I'm just so sorry and prayers are with you all! To miss a flight for business or vacation stinks, for sure. But to miss it when it's the beginning of an addition of a family member, heart breaking!!! I'm glad Jie Jie was able to be seen and get some medication, I'll pray that it's the correct one for her. I'll pray that you all do make it on your next flight and that you have safe travels ahead. My heart goes out to you ladies :(
I'll end here on a lighter note--at least you should have some time to brush your teeth ;)

Princess D said...

Whoops on my parents' computer and did not sign them out--that's my comment above :)

Anonymous said...

I can't even imagine the tenseness and frustration you have endured in the last 24 hours. My heart goes out to you. I wish there were something I could do but I will definitely pray that things go smoothly from here on out. I'm so sorry you had to go through all of this. I hope Jie Jie does well and feels good for the trip to get her sister. lcn

John G. said...

We are so sorry. I pray that you have the right med's. Maybe God had a reason for this to happen now so you wouldn't be dealing with this in China in a hospital that doesn't take your insurance. We will continue to pray for safe travels.

Big Hugs from our family to yours.

Blessings from CT
Caroline & Hannah Grace

Sherri said...

I'm so sorry. I hope you can get some sleep tonight. Praying.

Chrissy said...

It's ok and you will get to Sissy on time. If she is on Flagyl I found that either chocolate syrup or yogurt as soon as she swallows the medication helped with that hideous flavor. Plenty of prayers for all of you!