So we got on the flight to DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) and half hour into the flight, Anna comlained of sharp pain in her side. It was bad enough that she started to cry. Soojin got scared… her mom had appendicitis and the symptoms seemed to be similar…. pain coming and going.
When we landed, Soojin asked ME what we should do. Let me just say, it’s freakin’ huge responsibility to be responsible for one life, let alone three! I wasn’t sure of what to do… but with a child traveling and less than an hour to our connecting flight, I figured it’s better safe than sorry.
So I asked for the paramedics. They came and started to look at Anna. She was still complaining of pain. They didn’t think it was appendicitis and when they had asked me if we wanted Anna taken to hospital, I decided that we’d try to wait it out as our flight now was gone and had to get on a different flight.
At that point, I had missed a call from Paul Minifee. When I had called back, his father Dr. Paul Minifee, was next to him. You see, he’s a senior doctor at Children’s Hospital in Houston! So with such awesome knowledge available, I laid the concerns to him. He then asked if Anna’s appetite was gone. She said she was hungry. He then asked if Anna could touch her toes quickly without bending her knees. And she could. Dr. Minifee said that if she had appendicitis, she wouldn’t have appetite nor be able to bend and touch toes w/o pain in the side. Whew.
Got off the phone. I held Anna and started rubbing her back… felt bit of knots on her left spine so I massaged that away. Then everyone (except me) wanted pizza for lunch so we ate that. Anna felt better by this point and when we walked over to the other gate for our new connecting flight, I was worried that we wouldn’t get on… but I guess the other agent had left note on our case and reason for missing the previous flight ’cause the new one called me as Mr. Jang and asked me about how Anna was doing, and that they’d get us seats soon.
Though they had charged us $60 for luggage ($15 X 4), at least their service didn’t suck. We finally flew into La Guardia airport and we were welcomed with NYC’s finest drivers and 2 hour traffic. But we are home. Thank God.
Merry Christmas everyone!