Judy the American Airlines flight attendant is my new, very best friend. No offense to my current stock of friends, but Judy is my everything.
She just is.
A close second is the person who invented Clorox wipes, but I digress.
The week leading up to when my serious girl crush developed had all sorts of mayhem crammed into it. First and foremost, there is Little Guy. His eye care has recently gone next level. Rounds and rounds of drops/ointments, pain meds, surgery, office visits and wearing a cone are just some of the delights he is experiencing. This also happened to be the week I had to take boys’ to their new eye doctor for the first time. If you know any of their eye history, this is no small task AND we had an out-of-state wedding to prepare for and travel to. Imagine trying to explain Little Guy’s thirteen sets of eye meds to a dog sitter (not including his as-needed pain meds):
Our dog sitter and her family are also my other new, very best friends.
Miraculously, Little Guy held steady while we were away and at today’s follow-up, dropped from thirteen rounds of meds to six. SIX! (insert happy dance here) And, despite all the logistics of traveling, the wedding was beautiful and spending time with family meant a lot to all of us. However, when it was time to fly home, I was feeling quite exhausted and understandably so.
Since Mad Dog is an expert traveler, oftentimes he can upgrade me, sometimes more of us to first class. It is usually the ‘first-class’ that is separated from coach by a tiny, half-attempt at a curtain and the main perk is getting served water first, but hey, the seats are bigger and I can’t complain. But on our flight home after the wedding, I got upgraded to real first-class.
It was everything I dreamed of and more.
This is when I first met Judy. She pampered me. She gave me a warm, scented cloth for my hands, she constantly topped off my water and she did it all with genuine flair. She even gave me chips and southwest dip!
Really, she had me at warm, scented hand cloth.
T.Puzzle and Full Speed got upgraded, too. T.Puzzle sat next to me, Full Speed right in front of us, and poor Mad Dog got stuck in a middle seat back in coach. While I did feel guilty about Mad Dog, my focus was quickly diverted by the swarm of snacks and amenities being showered upon me.
After a crazy week, ok, after a crazy year, I did my best to soak it all in.
About mid-way through the flight, T.Puzzle started to look not-so-good to me. He was flushed and a bit squirmy. My mother’s instinct went on high alert and I scanned him for symptoms. He had eaten a big lunch and had been fine all day. He said his stomach did not hurt but he had mucus in his throat. It didn’t surprise me with all we had going on. Since he said his stomach was fine, I chalked it up to fatigue and maybe coming down with a cold of some sort.
But, still, my internal alarm system kept thinking it could be more …
“Are you sure you don’t feel like you are going to throw up?”
“No,” T.Puzzle said.
I mean I can only ask the kid this question so many times. Eventually, he got so tired, he laid his head down on my balled-up scarf and went to sleep.
Thirty minutes later he woke up vomiting like a poltergeist.
Who knew a small boy could create so much vomit? It was like he was a prodigy of vomit production and since he caught us both by surprise, this cascade of vomit went EVERYWHERE.
This is the moment that solidified my BFF status with Judy. Judy single-handedly got me and T.Puzzle through the rest of that flight.
I love you.
Though we survived this flight which will forever be known as Vomit-Fest 2018, some of our carry-ons did not. We had to toss a backpack and T.Puzzle’s shoes (they were a spare of Full Speed’s anyway). The future of my suede jacket remains in the balance. I don’t want to alarm you, but prepare yourself for the worst.
When we finally made it home, I Cloroxed everything I could within an inch of its life. I took a long, hot shower but still felt gross.
I may never feel whole again.
Life is funny like that. It can hand you more vomit than you think you can manage but then the likes of someone like Judy will come to your rescue.
So no matter how dire your circumstances, hang in there.
The Judys of the world will find their way to you.
I strongly suggest not wearing suede until well after they arrive.
Here is the commendation I wrote to American Airlines to give my BFF the credit she so deserves:
I am certain there are not enough superlatives to capture our flight attendant Judy’s level of service.
After an extremely stressful week in addition to traveling to Ohio for a wedding, my youngest son became ill on the flight home. He was asleep and caught us both off guard when he woke up vomiting.
It was horrible and messy as you might imagine, but Judy was with us every step of the way. She made do with the supplies on hand, kept us calm and gave both of us constant reassurance that all would be well. She told us it happens all the time and that a clean-up crew was on standby once we landed. She gave me gloves to help me clean the mess as best I could, helped me place newspapers over it and plastic bags to keep it contained and then she did all she could to comfort me and my son. She offered him water to swish out the sick and gave him a mint to suck on to help with the taste and settle his stomach. It was as if she was always one step ahead.
My son is doing much better today, but we both agree, we still feel a bit queasy over the extent of his vomiting yesterday.
Judy made something awful bearable. Her steady demeanor and non-judgmental attitude saved the day. Please extend to her our deepest gratitude.
My son would like to add in this: “Thank you for cleaning up all the puke I puked. It was really nice of you to do that even though it was gross and messy. I also really liked the candy you gave me to get the taste out of my mouth. You are a great flight attendant.”
Sincerely, WFAM and T.Puzzle