Well, OMG… Here we are again, stuck, as the Ilyushin isn’t flying. Apparently they switched an engine out and still there were problems.

Given how long we’ve been away, I had Dale count his pills. I then spoke to the ALE team to let them know how many days of anti-rejection drugs we have left and what was the Plan B if Ilyushin wasn’t going to fly…. in time…

They are now flying in a Russian engineer from the United Arab Emirates to look at the plane. Apparently they’ve identified a valve problem that was leaking fuel from that engine. Hopefully the engineer is bringing in the right parts.

Unfortunately though, despite the urgency all around, apparently he may not be in Punta Arenas until Saturday the 19th. Then he needs to make sure that is the problem and fix it and hopefully, if that works, the plane will fly and we might be able to leave on the 20th.

However it’s clear that if that isn’t the problem and more parts are needed from Russia…. we may be here in tent city a while.

So, imagine how well that is going down. We’re still in tent city. No clean clothing in sight. But the real concern is Dale’s meds.

I’m going to have some of his anti-rejection drugs sent down from Santiago to Punta and then we will start to work on Plan B.

The Chilean air force often flies in Hercules planes, but they will not allow commercial passengers. Nonetheless, if we can get the medication down to Punta and if they have a flight, we can bring in extra medications.

Overall, I’ve worked out a Plan B because I think it’s critical that we have it. Certainly we have worked out at least a Plan B for the medication.

I hope Mike and Phyllis are enjoying coverage because the way things are going, Diego and I may end up wintering down here…..


4 Responses

  1. I think I can speak for the both of us (Mike and I) when I say that coverage should be the least of your concerns. Although, I have comtemplated starting a bonfire with all the mail that comes in.

    We are managing well. And there aren’t huge issues here to deal with. I say that now, because I have had a few days of not being on call. Mike is on this week. And I am back again on Monday.

    We miss you both. We are all glad you had a successful trip overall. And I don’t think I can remember you ever being able to come back on time.

    Lots of love from the transplant family – Phyllis.

  2. Congrats on making it to the pole! I hope the plane problem sorts itself out quickly and that Plans B on aren’t necessary. All is good here, grandma is doing a lot better last I heard.
    Anyways good job on the long trek and ill talk to you once you get back home.

    Take care xx

  3. Hello Team.Paul here and wish you all be safe. Dale’s Meds really won’t take up that much space and with all your interest
    generated I think that they will be more than willing to deliver his meds.

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