Sooo never in any of my flights until now have I heard the classic, “Is there a doctor on board?”. But of course, the FIRST trip days after we become MDs, does that suddenly come on over the intercom, mid-flight.
The four of us exchange glances at one another in shock: what do we do?
Despite our budding Emergency-physician Amy excited to step forward for this airplane medical emergency, we decide to pause for a moment… following the advice of other physicians in hoping that someone more senior or experienced might step forward first.
Within minutes an older fellow – with many more years on us – volunteers his services. We sigh (with relief?), though feel somehow left out of the loop… our inquisitive medical side wanting to know what’s happened and wanting to help. We let the stewardess know that if any more help is needed, we’re just a call away.
Thankfully the patient quickly perked up with some sugar, feeling nauseous from the turbulent flight. She, the flight attendants, and the “real” doctor hung out on the floor at the back of the airplane for the majority of the flight, and eventually, after a few hours of passengers commenting about the “absent” airline staff (yes, people were complaining), food services commenced and the flight continued smoothly.
With finally arriving in Paris, we were happy to make ourselves at home in this adorable Parisian style apartment in the lively neighbourhood of La Marais:
We settled quickly, but were missing two very important things…
Two pieces of checked luggage.
This affected our first day quite a bit, wasting time over the phone tracking them down, waiting in the apartment during scheduled arrival times, and washing underwear in the sink. I’d wish to tell you it’s all over, but sadly we’re still waiting on one more (grrr Heathrow).
Either way, it’s best to make the most of things, so the next post is full of our enjoyable first 24 hours in Paris!
That apartment is amazing! I had to look at each photo twice…
Did you know that 7% of all passenger flights are diverted for a medical emergency? If I were you MDs, I’d be so nervous on any flight. Although, that’s what you’ve studied, so I guess it’s less of an issue for you to handle a medical situation than poor old flight attendants.
The apartment is adorable! What are MDs supposed to do for someone who is nauseous? Hold their hair while they puke? Good thing it was nothing serious. I hope you guys get your luggage, that is the absolute worst, hashtag the worst.
Argh, the luggage thing unfortunately went on for days. But like I said later, at least Amy got a few new outfits from Paris… not the worst place to shop. It definitely made me reconsider how I pack my carry-ons though!
Ah, you never mentioned you were headed to Paris!!! Your guys’ place looks beautiful, I’m gonna have to get more details from you when you get back!
I can’t wait to see more photos of this amazing city and your trip, stay safe and have a blast :)
Katrina! Nice to hear from you. Yes, we decided 10 days in London would perhaps be a little too long, and with a quick chunnel ride over to Paris it seemed like the right thing to do. And I’m glad I did, as in the end it ended up being my favorite of the two :) Thanks for the good wishes, same to you my friend.
miss you already…………
Never had something similar happen to me while on a flight but I’m glad the passenger was alright. It’s great that you guys offered to be on stand by, though! :)