I am on work travels again, this time without Aviana or Chris, in Bavaria, Germany. And so far my week has not been the greatest, although in terms of work it has been a successful trip.
Firstly, no one was at the airport to pick me up when I arrived in Germany and I didn’t have a number to call. So I waited for 45 minutes and decided that no one was coming, and decided to drag my huge ass bag for 3 hours on the train. Changing twice in the early morning after a red eye flight from the US was killer. And it was on a Sunday. I had to stay awake because I needed to make sure I changed at the right stops! I was PISSED by the end of my journey. Then, where there was supposed to be a bus at the train station, there was none, so I had to walk 15 minutes dragging my suitcase across cobble stones to my hotel. I was desperate for some sleep, but I needed to pump and shower. So I was pretty grumpy at this fact.
When I opened up my bag to unpack I discovered that the lovely TSA had searched my bag – and of course, what was of interest to them was my cooling unit box that I had packed to use on my return journey to carry my week’s pumped breast milk. With great ineptitude, they repacked it the wrong way up which resulted in the ‘on button’ for the cooling unit to depress. It is a one time use only packaging so it was now useless. I had cut down on my packing just to fit this cooling box in my suitcase so I could carry my milk home. But the STUPID TSA can’t replace something the way it was – there were even TWO sets of instructions in case they were really confused.
I cried. I ugly cried. I was exhausted. I was fed up of pumping. I just cried for 15 minutes hard.. I cried in the shower, I cried whilst I pumped. By the time I was done crying over my ‘not possible to have a spilt milk problem’ it was time to meet my colleagues to do some work in the afternoon.
The day prior to flying I had to take a day off work because I had a horrible cold and wanted to rest and get better for my work trip. However, no one ever told me that flying with a stuffed up nose was stupid. So here is my advice to you…DON’T EVER FLY WITH A BAD COLD! My right ear and my sinuses were in a huge amount of pain after landing in Germany. I later ended up with a sinus infection for the rest of the week and it was bloody gross. I mean, I have never seen such vast amounts of thick green and yellow snot before. I guess I have been lucky enough in my life to never had sinus problems before, but geeeeeees that hurts! I wasn’t taking any cold meds because most meds have menthol in which kill breast milk supply. Considering I am barely pumping 6 oz a day right now I thought it would be stupid to kill off what I have left. So I suffered with just paracetamol/Tylenol to help.
At least I wasn’t at home being sick on my family! However, being ill in a hotel SUCKS! And then the added pressure to work after travelling so far for a specific event.
On top of all that, jet lag was kicking me in the butt and I wasn’t able to fall asleep until 1 am every night, and then being up at 6 am for work. There were several mornings when I thought I just couldn’t face getting out of bed. One night I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like death was at my door and I thought I had a terrible fever and that I might need to go to hospital. So I actually grabbed my clothes just in case I needed to urgently get to the emergency room! I may have been a little delusional at that point, but it was a rough night.
I survived the week, I turned up to work every day and made it through some how. If it hadn’t been for my awesome colleagues I probably wouldn’t have made it through!
And so the end of the week came…I thought it was all over. But no. About 1.5hrs into my return trip to the hotel airport on the mini bus I realised I had left my passport in the hotel safe. Luckily I wasn’t flying until the next day, so I planned how I could get my passport back. It involved a favour from a colleague to pick it up for me and meet me at the train station. I dumped my bag at the airport hotel and then spent more than 6 hours on the train to and from the hotel where I had left my passport at…. this was time when I should have been sight seeing, shopping and catching up with a friend in Munich. But at least I got the passport back in time! Stupid idiot. I blame my sinus infection really.
On top of all that I was missing Aviana a lot. Chris was also doing some work travels this week, so my mum has come out to help out for a couple of weeks. Thankfully!!! But with the travel to the UK and us being away I feel kind of bad for Aviana. I know she is just fine and happy with granny and still going to daycare. I just need to figure out how I reconcile the whole traveling for work thing.
It’s going to take some practice I think!