There are some events in your life that are more traumatic than others. Some you can park into a small recess of your brain, others you can’t really not think about constantly.
Fortunately, in spite of the title of this blog entry, this is a traumatic event Michele and I can happily say “We live and learn” while shaking our heads at the unfortunate turn of events.
This occurred on May 28, when we were leaving Melbourne to Singapore via Gold Coast on Virgin Airlines.
Long story short, Levi dislocated his elbow along the tarmac just as we were about to board the plane.
Our luggage have been checked in, it was an empty flight, and we were genuinely looking at many weeks of blissful South-East Asian holidaying.
I cannot fault the professionalism of the Melbourne Airport staff, ground crew, aviation paramedics and the eventual arrival of the ambulance staff.
Levi’s elbow has dislocated on numerous occasions and the medical staff – not wanting to exacerbate the injury – did not want to risk popping the elbow into place without an x-ray or further professional consultation.
Every single one of them handled their role with utmost care and respect and did not once belittle the size (pardon the pun) of the subject or medical emergency.
It really was the worst possible timing, with nine pieces of luggage, two strollers, a screaming three-year-old boy and a six-month-old infant.
Fortunately the airport staff reassured us they would be able to hold our luggage at the airport for the day (which they strictly never allow) due to the situation we were in.
There was absolutely no chance we were able to take all our luggage, chuck it into a maxicab, rush into a hospital to fix Levi’s elbow and rush back to make it onto a connecting flight.
We were given two cab vouchers (one for the trip to the Children’s Hospital and one for the return trip), and were informed of the next few connecting flights to Gold Coast for the day.
As Levi refused to leave Michele, both mother and son had to be shepherded into the ambulance while Ayla and I took a cab to the hospital.
Levi’s elbow was put back into place within an hour and apart from a late connecting flight and a sorry start to our holiday, we arrived in Singapore 24 hours later, weary but happy.