January 8, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 2): First Airplane Ride

It's Week 2 of our THIRD YEAR of 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.

If you are just joining us, you can take a peek at the last two years' of topics by clicking on the Sharing Memories tab at the top of the blog. You can jump in at any time and you can skip topics that you don't like. There are no rules, and the topics are just a guide if you want or need them.

The goal is to write - to get your memories down on paper for your descendants

Do you remember the first time you got on an airplane? I do! It was 1961 and my dad had just died. My mom decided to use some of his life insurance money take me to New York City for a few days. But oh how I suffered!

The planes weren't well pressurized as they are today (I think it was a propeller-driven plane) and as soon as we began flying up to our assigned altitude I began experiencing severe ear pain. Pain which became so bad I cried. Then my ears blocked completely and the pain intensified.

The stewardesses (they weren't called attendants back then) gave me candies. No good. They gave me warm towels. No relief. So spent the entire flight curled up on my seat, crying with the pain and unable to hear anything.

It took the entire 4 days we were in New York for my ears to clear so I spent our trip feeling like I was inside a well. Then the trip home. I cried even before we got to the airport! And yes, I experienced the same nightmarish pain on the flight home.

Now I've learned how to cope with my pressurization problem IF it occurs, thanks to a former pilot. I carry small shot glasses in my purse and put them over my ears. This helps stabilize the pressure and allows my ears to adjust more slowly. It may look ridiculous but it helps!

But my experience left me never wanting to fly again!

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