Today is write on all I have missed day! Lol. In January, on the 7th to be precise, I was on a Virgin Atlantic flight back to Lagos from Heathrow. We didn’t take off in time because apparently, they were waiting for the flight from New York . The plane took off after midnight. I haven’t been on Virgin for a while and was my second time in the premium economy section, nothing fantastic to be honest. The leg room isn’t that great. It’s official! I don’t like plane food, going forward, I will have to think of how to sort that issue out. It’s not healthy and most times not tasty! Going forward, I will start doing plane/ flight reviews whenever I am embarking on a journey.
At some point doing the flight, I heard a commotion, apparently a man had gotten up probably to stretch his legs or use the bathroom, my own thoughts. He kind of crumpled back into his seat, he was having a mild stroke from the looks of it. I started watching what was going on. Trust Nigerians , the panic started, some started praying, some got up from their seats, most times it looks like it’s to help, but it’s just always to crowd the poor victim and suck out what little air the person has around him/ her and look, so that you can say you saw what happened live and direct. Our amebo( penchant for gossip) is something else.
The flight attendants went to get an oxygen mask, apparently that’s what they do for First aid. There was a doctor on board , don’t know if he was useful. I am a doctor’s wife, do I count or does my opinion count , lol! I noticed someone checking his pulse, don’t know if his blood pressure was checked. The flight attendants were still on the oxygen mask thing, I don’t know much about stroke except that my Dad had one on his way to America with my Mum,in Amsterdam, while they were waiting for their connecting flight, he tried to get up and he couldn’t. I still haven’t done any in-depth research on stroke, but I know that you are meant to take an aspirin before you travel, don’t know what it does! I think it’s to thin the blood or help with circulation. I am not too sure, so don’t take my word for it.
I got up at this point, because I was annoyed that all I could see was still the oxygen mask, I went to the flight attendant and suggested aspirin, that at least they should look for someone on the flight that had aspirin and give it to the man, but it might help. Don’t know why I felt so strongly about it. She gave me a look and said they were handling it and that they were only suppose to give oxygen.
She wasn’t rude, but I could tell she didn’t appreciate my coming up to her, but I didn’t care! I wasn’t impressed with her attitude at all. I even threatened to write a complaint when we landed. See me wanting to drink Panadol for someone else’s headache. I didn’t go that route at all. At this point , I saw my friend’s husband who was on the same flight with his family and seemed to be helping. I walked up to him, suggested aspirin once again, went back to my seat and continued my movie. Afterall, what was my own, I just prayed that the man wouldn’t come to worse harm.
I don’t know why at some point I asked myself that if the people in premium got just an oxygen mask, did the people in 1st class get the same treatment or was there a special first aid treatment for them. Not meaning to be cruel , but we all know that when a plane crashes , it kills everyone from 1st class to economy, plane crashes are no respecter of class or persons.
I was worried and then I realised that for every journey we undertake , we must commit it to GOD, and not the plane or how good the pilot is. That Virgin Atlantic flight taught me that.
I truly hope that they have done something to improve their First aid procedures , but considering the fact that it’s the Nigerian route, I will keep my fingers crossed. May GOD continue to grant us journey mercies .
All opinions are mine, based on what I witnessed in the early hours of that flight, I am not a doctor, but I wasn’t impressed at what I saw that day. Does every single Virgin Atlantic flight attendant go through a certified First Aid course. Just asking!!!!