Hellidays - When Bad Holidays Happen To Good People

The year 2000 had been a year of a seemingly constant string of bad luck. Someone pointed out that bad things tend to happen in threes. I concluded that if bad things happened in threes, I had almost undergone three sets of three bad things. Almost. The year was coming to an end and I considered that perhaps I would get through the year without achieving that third negative event that would complete the third set of three. I was wrong.

I have Multiple Sclerosis that had recently begun to slowly progress. One treatment for what is called Secondary Progressive MS is Chemotherapy. I was given my first infusion of Chemo on December 22, 2000.

On Christmas Eve, I was scheduled to fly home to spend Christmas with my family. My travels included a stop at the Atlanta airport, where I would switch planes. My original flight from Dallas departed late because of bad weather. After a turbulent flight (unpleasant for someone who is nauseated from Chemo), I arrived in Atlanta too late to make my connecting flight that would take me home.

While at the airport, I learned a few things. The first thing was that people who are working when they would rather be at home with their families tend to be cranky and less inclined to empathize with someone else’s plight. Second, I learned that it is much more difficult than one would think to get another flight on Christmas Eve. Finally, I learned never to eat anything that is offered in an airport food court when nauseated from Chemo. It’s strange how nausea can feel like hunger. I must note that there were certain people working at the airport that day who went from cranky to downright angry when they were summoned to clean up my vomit.

To summarize, I spent Christmas Eve 2000 feeling nauseated and throwing up at the Atlanta airport. I spent the night on a row of chairs and woke up on Christmas still sick and with a bad kink in my neck. I guess Santa doesn’t stop at the airport.
Posted on 12/16/2009 at 09:04AM by Anonymous
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