All those weeks ago when we were booking our tickets to fly to Japan, it seemed like a great idea to fly through the night. In fact it seemed like the logical choice that we would fly through the night with a brief stopover in Singapore to stretch our weary bodies after being cramped on the plane for hours before continuing on our way. I still thing that it was a logical idea, however never did I imagine that our adventure would be delayed by a sick child and a forced wait in Singapore. Now as I sit at the airport, barely able to keep my eyes open I wish that we had flown during daylight hours.
We have spent the last 24 hours in the airport. Yes we have had a great time, there is so much to see and do, but it is exhausting. The kids are snoozing on couches and I am making the most of the free internet access at a terminal nearby. By about 4 this afternoon, after a swim in the hotel pool, a shopping exploration in the airport, trick or treating in a chocolate shop (and scoring chocolates from the staff!) and another doctors appointment, the kids (us too really) are exhausted. Since then we have done very little, a little more window shopping, a little more eating and now dreaming of sleeping soundly in a bed.
I can’t decide if it is a blessing or a curse that the doctor granted us flight clearance for the boy. His temperature had just barely dropped below 39 and there was nothing else to do to help him improve his health other than sleep. Recognising that sleep wasn’t likely immediately in either Singapore or Japan the doctor suggested we continue our journey. He is still feverish and hours after his last dose of meds he is talking in his sleep and miserable. We are holding out on giving him his next dose until we board hoping that it will help him get back to sleep and hopefully he will sleep the entire flight. Once we arrive in Tokyo we can sleep and sleep and if we want, sleep some more. I can’t wait.
It is almost 10pm local time and our flight departs at 11.55pm. Not long to wait before having to wake the kids and head over to the gate to wait some more…