Thursday I worked a flight to Managua, Nicaragua that was a bit interesting. As we were in the air we had an unaccompanied minor on board that was not feeling too good. She stopped me as I walked through the cabin and explained to me that she felt shaky and couldn’t feel her hands. I didn’t freak out, I simply took her with me to the back galley and sat her down. She wanted to lay down so I took a bunch of blankets and laid them out on the galley floor.
We all assumed that maybe her sugar was low or she was just nervous. Luckily there was a doctor and a trauma nurse available on the plane. The doctor explained that we needed electrolytes for the girl and that she just needed to eat something. The only problem was that she couldn’t keep anything down and kept throwing everything she tried to eat.
As the doctor took care of the unaccompanied minor I tried to tend to the passengers explaining to them that we couldn’t do a beverage service at the moment to please bare with us as we took care of the girl. Many of them did not mind and were very understanding. Others, the rude ignorant ones would press the call button a million times asking when we’re we going to do a beverage service and what was the hold up. I just wanted to punch them in the face just so they could realize how ignorant they were being.
The flight was approximately three hours and the laid on the galley floor the entire time. Little by little the shakes stopped and she got better. The doctor stated that she must have had some type of virus and to have her family take her to the hospital when she got to Nicaragua. While she laid on the floor we tried to do what we could for a beverage service.
We took a bin and passed out snacks to all the passengers. Some were nice about the matter but others were rude saying, “about time!” as if we didn’t have a girl in the back who almost needed to get an IV placed into her arm. I’m amazed truly amazed at how rude, ignorant and disrespectful people are sometimes. What if that was your child on the floor?
Then we were only able to grab certain cans of beverages because the unaccompanied minor was laying in front of our beverage cart. We offered the passengers coke, orange juice and water. We had one guy rudely ask for two vodkas and wanted to know why we were limited on the beverages. I looked at the guy and explained to him that if he would have been paying attention to the announcements he would know what was going on. I gave him his vodka bottled but made him pay for it! I refused to be nice to him.
As we prepared to land I woke up the girl and took her to her seat. I made sure she was ok and went to my jump seat to prepare for landing. When we landed and got to our van the pilots explained to us that if we would have given the girl an IV we would have diverted to Miami to drop her off and then continue our flight.
Once again I had a medical emergency and did not panic. I definitely should have become a doctor or something because I don’t freak out. I didn’t freak out at all during the entire situation. It’s almost as if panic mode disappears when trauma occurs.