London, England, United Kingdom
01-26-2018 01:06 AM
My wife and I learned first-hand that preparation is key to any trip abroad, especially with young children. By learning, I mean that we had to learn the hard way. We flew from the west coast of the United States to our first family trip to the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, we did not consider adjusting our children's sleep time to coincide with the time difference. And this is where our story begins...We were met with our first sleepless night in London since our kids were already well-rested. This resulted in one hour of sleep and complete exhaustion on our first full day of exportation around the city. The next day due to the long flight, our son Jude got very ill, and we did all we could to help allieviate his sickness by giving him Tylenol. He seemed okay, but as soon as we went to our first restaurant, he threw up, not once, but twice all over our food and himself. Luckily, the staff were kind enough to quickly clean up the mess and provided us directions to the nearest hospital.The great news is that the hospital was able to check our son in at no cost (thanks, British healthcare system). We learned quickly, however, that medical procedures are done quite differently abroad as well.The nurse evaluated Jude and provided us with what looked like a snow cone cup for him to urinate in. Jude was three at the time and there was no way he was going to oblige. He threw a fit and stood up to try to hit the nurse. Luckily, the nurse laughed it off as did we.Jude eventually got over his illness after receiving a medication, and we were able to go on about our trip, although we finished it off with sleepless nights while our children slept throughout the day.