Anxiety Attack

October 2, 2009

in Illness/Medical Stories

In February of 2001 my granny passed away from a massive heart attack. As to be expected I was quite upset. At the time I was stationed in Ft. Lewis, Wa and my family was in Asheville, NC. I got the first flight out that I could which was early the next morning. I actually managed to get in the emergency row, believe it or not, which meant that I had some wiggle room.

I was sitting minding my own business when the lady next to me started talking to me very fast and very upset stating that the last time that she flew she flew to her daughter’s funeral. I said I was sorry and attempted to leave it at that… Nope, she got more and more upset; her hands were clenched she stared breathing more and more rapidly… I started talking to her to try to soothe her… Her two children were across the aisle from us; they were saying things like, “Mom try to calm down mom take your pills…”

By this time we were 30,000 feet in the air and had been flying for quite some time… The next thing I know she slumps over in her chair and stops breathing. I scream out loud… jerk her our of her seat onto the floor; by that time all hell breaks loose… The flight attendants are all there; someone grabbed the AED and pushed me away. I did not see much after that. One of the flight attendants made me go to a seat way in the back… I was a wreck seeing how my granny had just passed away the night before from a massive heart attack.

We made an emergency landing at Kessler AFB in Missouri… It turned out that the lady’s two teenage children were on the plane with her and told the flight attendants that she was not supposed to fly for she had a heart condition that, coupled with the anxiety from the last time that she flew, was just to much for her. I spoke with the Flight Attendant after all the chaos calmed down; she said the lady would be charged with the emergency landing… Not my idea of fun… BAD flight…

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Demotage October 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Sorry about your Granny. A bad experience to have in any circumstance, but given your recent loss, even worse.


madachode October 2, 2009 at 4:47 am

Kessler AFB is in Mississippi, not that toliet Missori, get your facts straight or go kill yourself.


ps October 2, 2009 at 6:03 am

I thought it was Keesler. Why the go kill yourself? Sounds like a typical redneck response. Toliet? Is that french?


TheBigM October 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

MADACHODE, go away until you can think of something sensible -and grown up to say. What are you, 5?

Sounds like a real flight from hell though. Particularly given your circumstances.


Beth October 3, 2009 at 4:41 am


it's spelled Missouri


saw October 3, 2009 at 9:58 am

madachode, don't be an ass.

beth, even tho mad's an ass, don't be a bigger ass by picking on spelling.

Yeesh… sometimes the comments here are retarded, but mad's takes the cake. Missouri, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Montana, whatever… Who the F* cares if he got the state wrong.

Now… for an actual COMMENT on this story, not only should she get "charged" for the landing, she should be fined for endangering her children AND have to pay every passenger some $$ for causing such a ruckus when she had instructions NOT TO FLY… that's just negligent and selfish on her part – I don't actually care if she almost died, it would have been entirely her fault if she did – might as well have jumped out the window…


Atari October 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I must be having a problem reading. I thought that she DID die.

Yet another nail in the coffin of my reading comprehension.

Incidentally, Saw: Madachode is an obnoxious enough troll that picking on his spelling is, right now, the nicest thing that anyone should be doing to him.


saw October 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

No Atari, you IGNORE the troll… you don't validate him by correcting spelling…


Atari October 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Oh, I apologize. I didn't know that pointing out someone's flaws VALIDATED him.


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