Sunday, March 4

The Frequent Frequent Flier Flier

It happened. Gorram it, Mal, it finally happened.

I got a return customer who's a frequent flier!  Airport takes a minute.


Aircraft inbound with a woman experiencing dizziness and nausea.


After the steak chili we just downed for lunch at the firehouse I'm experiencing the same symptoms.  The flight number sounds familiar and the City of origin sounds familiar as well.  You see, while the rest of the EMS world gets and address, I get a story...

"Medical Emergency reported, TWA flight 101, inbound from Taipei ETA one five minutes (no one says multiple digit numbers at the airport, it's the coolest thing!) to gate G55, female in seat 27Alpha, Blue shirt, black shoes, oversized pink roller bag with a kitten on the tag...unknown medical."

No, seriously, sometimes they give us the most insane details about the person, except for the reason we're heading over there.  A few moment later we get the update that she feels like I do and before I can burp the aircraft pulls up to the gate and the doors open and...wait...did they say "pink roller bag with a kitten?"  Is this dejavu?

There she is.

The same woman I saw yesterday for the same symptoms.  Already returned from her stint overseas because, please note the quotes, "I'm too sick to fly."

Let's do the math.  14.5 hours here...deported for forged documents (claimed nausea, asked for Paramedics), 14.5 hours home, time to forge new documents and book another flight, then the next flight back, another 14.5 hours.

Woman has stamina.  And nausea.  And requests to be taken to the hospital as fast as possible before she gets sent back again.