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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Plan B

It's that time again. Every three months we load the kiddos up and off we go to St. Jude's. Because we travel for their appointments, the day typically starts at about 5 am. When we land in Memphis we're met by a driver who takes us from the airport to the hospital.

Once at St. Jude's, there are blood drawings, well check-ups, and a multitude of other things all sandwiched into the space of a few hours. Everything generally runs like clockwork, and the kids love seeing everyone at St. Jude. It's pretty obvious that they enjoy caring for the kids too. I can't sing their praises enough. It's been awhile since I've made the trip on my own. It's no big secret that I have a fear of flying. My palms get sweaty just thinking about it.

There aren't too many things in this world that make me shake in my shoes––public speaking, flying, centipedes, freeways, flying... Did I mention flying? Because of this, my sweet husband usually does the day trip with the kids, but this time there was a ticket mix-up and I'm stuck like chuck. Flying solo. Help me@!!

Usually, when there's flying to be done, I resort to what I refer to as Plan A: This consists of two cocktails (preferably Bloody Mary's) tossed back in quick succession just before the plane starts to shimmy down the runway. Although this works wonders on vacation jaunts, I doubt this would go over too well before the kids' doctor appointment. Which means I'll have to resort to the dreaded Plan B.

Plan B, you ask? It's pretty cut and dry, and calls for courage. Which means, I'll just have to face my fear like the cool-under-pressure, gutsy woman that I know resides within me somewhere. (Deep Breath) Yes, that's what I'm gonna do...

Here's to St. Jude's and all they do for kids, our safe journey, and to being back on the ground SOON : )

Suzan





4 comments:

Molly said...

I prefer the klonapin method. That and my sister and I go through the alphabet and name a book/movie/song/author/country/city that starts with each letter.

Author and HIV/AIDS Advocate–Suzan Stirling said...

Great suggestion, Molly. Glad to see I'm not the only fearful flyer. Alphabet game it is! : )

Lisa L. Regan said...

There's something for you over at my blog. www.lisalregan.blogspot.com

Bryce Daniels said...

I heard about your blog from Lisa Regan and wanted to come over and check it out. Glad I did!
You have an amazing story to share, and do so quite eloquently through these words.

Please consider me a new follower.

I'm afraid I have nothing to add concerning the fear of flying and how to overcome it. My method involves daquiris rather than bloody marys.