The Best Laid Plans…
I tried. I really did. We had the New Girl trip booked with a flight that leaves roughly 3.5 hours from now (as I sit here despondently typing this). But winter had other ideas.
Per my post from Friday, Emily was experiencing neck pain (it’s not meningitis) after karate on Thursday night. Well, by Friday night when we got home from Ana’s radiation mapping, the pain seemed to encompass her entire neck, throat and shoulders (again, not meningitis – just achiness). At that point I took her temperature and it was 101.9. Then it spiked to 102.5 before the Advil kicked in…
Panic mode set in on Saturday morning when she woke up with another 102.5 fever and looked like she’d had a fight with a steamroller…and lost. I took her to Emergency One (after another dose of Advil). The P.A. who saw her said her throat was good, ears clear, lungs clear, just a low grade fever and it’s probably a virus – so “you’re all set, buh-bye.” I reminded him I’d given her Advil and wondered if he felt that 102.5 was considered low grade. “Oh, is that what you took at home…no, no that’s not low grade. Do you want to do a flu test?” YES, PLEASE.
She tested positive for influenza type A. I managed to get her Tamiflu (in liquid form because they were all out of capsules), and she choked down two doses yesterday. I sent a frenzy of emails to the travel agent, to Jeremy from Hope and Heroes, to my contact at Fox to let him know about the wrench in the works, to Maia – who is the person who connected me with Fox. This took HOURS and HOURS and HOURS. We packed anyway. We printed the tickets and itinerary. We charged all our phones…
Emily got worse, the fever wouldn’t go away, each time she coughed the house shook.
I called JetBlue and explained the situation, breaking down in tears because, well, by this point I was kind of a basket case. The woman I spoke with was absolutely wonderful. She said that Emily could fly even with a confirmed case of the flu (a bit alarming) as long as she wore a mask. She then changed our status to disabled so we could board first, and also gave us seats all together. But she also said that if we had to change the flight, it would be okay. Then she asked me about Ana (because I’d basically babbled the entire story while she was changing the flight details). She asked for Ana’s blog and I really hope she’s reading this because it was one of the best customer service experiences I’ve ever had. JetBlue will always be my first choice – thank you, Sandy – as I said on our call, you are now part of this story.
So we went to bed early, set the alarm for 4:45 a.m. and hoped that Emily would wake up fever free – or at least stay below 101. That didn’t happen. Her fever was 101.7 and she’s completely congested to the point where I can barely take her temperature. Her neck pain is gone though, so at least there’s that. But the cough is bad – like, I may need to take her to the doctor again bad. There’s no way I could take her on a plane in this condition – not just because she would be absolutely miserable, but because exposing everyone in that metal tube to an obvious and known case of the flu wouldn’t be right. And I doubt Fox would appreciate me bringing type A influenza to the set of New Girl.
I’ve spent the last two hours working with the travel agent to cancel things – we now have a credit at JetBlue that’s good for a year. The return flight has also been canceled and I’m trying to get United to refund the donor family’s money to their credit card even though it’s a nonrefundable ticket (United, please, do the right thing…) We are hoping to reschedule this for some time in March – I have an email out to my contact at Fox to confirm the date.
Needless to say, both girls are very, very disappointed. I keep second guessing myself. Should I have taken Emily even though she’s sick, and hoped that Tamiflu would kick in by tomorrow? Should I have taken Ana (or stayed home with Emily?) Well, Ana really wants us all to go – it’s not just about New Girl – it’s about a family vacation. Luckily it seems like we’ll be able to reschedule everything with minimal loss of money. If United doesn’t reimburse the donor family, I’ll reimburse them myself with some of Ana’s wish money. It’s all so crushingly disappointing, but in the grand scheme of things – and considering we’ll be rescheduling – I guess we’ve dealt with worse disappointments.