Before Addison, or BA as I like to call it, Aaron and I travelled to Hong Kong a lot. At least once a year, we would incude an Asian destination on our vacation list so we could stop over in HK. Not only do we love this bustling metropolis, my sister Sonya lives here too. Now after two cancelled trips, we are finally here again with Addison!
But…isn’t there always a but???…it hasn’t been quite the family visit we planned. Summer time in Australia was so relaxing from a germaphobe standpoint, but Hong Kong is definitely Northern Hemisphere and though winter still means Aaron can comfortably wear shorts, cold and flu season is rampant. Sonya has been sick with a nasty cold for weeks and my little nephew Luca sarted coughing the day we arrived. At least we finally got to meet him, even if I haven’t been able to get any cuddles with him. We had been planning to stay with Sonya, but that isn’t happening. Instead, we booked a last minute apartment rental a few blocks away.
Addison is fascinated with “Ooca”, as she calls her cousin, but we are trying to keep them as far apart as possible. Luca is very interested in all of us, staring and smiling. It is disappointing to finally make it all the way here yet not be able to really enjoy family time. We are trying to stay outside when everyone is together so we aren’t in a confined airspace, and there is a lot of hand sanitizing and washing. I try not to get too anxious and stressed about germ patrol because I can only control my own actions, but it is always on my mind. Such is the lot of living with an immune suppressed child.
The most important thing is we are here. Life never goes according to plan, as we know all too well, so we are making the most of the time we do have together. We are back in May for our rebooked October trip, so hopefully cold and flu season is long over by then.
In the meantime, it has been fun introducing the Princess to the chaos of Hong Kong life. She is in transit heaven here with the non stop parade of buses, trams, mini buses, trucks, taxis, ambulances. And a simple walk down the street provides plenty of entertainment. She has even more words in her vocabulary – “noo-noos” for noodles is my current favourite.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison