Unphlegmatic Over Phlegm

April 30, 2009

in Illness/Medical Stories

Flight from Toronto to San Francisco…While waiting to board an elderly man was waiting in his wheelchair. He was quite frail to say the least. He was coughing a fair amount. His wife was not sitting beside him but, several rows over. Not sure why as she could have wheeled him near her.

Preboarding starts and he is pushed onto the airplane. I check my ticket and wonder if the seat lottery gods will be kind to me. After saying hello to the stewardess I glance down the plane. It is apparent he is near the rear of the plane. My seat assignment is also near the back. Well, my number was up as I ended up sitting across the aisle from him. Felt quite badly as he was obviously very ill and shaken. For the duration of the flight he was able to hoark a ball of spit so large he would need to spit it out into an already used Kleenex. The gentleman that sat beside me said nothing the entire flight. Except for one time he leaned over and asked “how someone can spit out 10 gallons of phlegm and survive?”

Needless to say I passed on the lunch being offered..

Mental note…noise cancelling headphones on the next flight.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob April 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm

noise cancelling or any static (in-flight movie) is always preferable to being trapped with other humans, however involuntarily afflicted they may be.

Poor guy probably suffered more from his wife than from the phleghm.


Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 6:33 am

Heartless asshole.


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