I was at dinner with Mahinaarangi the other night (one of the best parts of my job!), and we somehow ended up talking about my bosses wheat allergy, and how scary it was when he was still trying to figure out what it was he was allergic to. That of course (for me anyway!) lead to the day it all went wrong.

First off all, we were seriously in the middle of nowhere. Not quite as bad as Naseby, but still a while away from anywhere. Google tells me 2 hours away on extremely windy roads (and I know they were doing road works on at least part of that road).

We’d had a relatively light teaching day, and had had some lunch, and started packing the truck. Obviously the boss man didn’t know about his wheat allergy yet, and while I can’t remember what he’d had for lunch, it seems likely that it had wheat in it now.

So, I’m packing stuff up in the hall, the boss man is the go between man, between the truck and the hall, and 2IC is in the truck putting things away.

Now, when I say the boss man has a wheat allergy, I mean like a real allergy, not that his stomach can’t process it.

Not terribly suddenly, but suddenly enough that it’s scary, the bossman is laying on the ground, in and out of consciousness (thank heavens he wasn’t on the loadlifter on the truck), and 2IC is seriously considering using the epipen the boss man carries with him (apparently still useful even when you don’t know what the allergy is to!). I’m talking to the office lady (my favourite people in the world!) who rings the doctor down the road (thank heavens for small towns!), who eventually show up with oxygen, connect him up to that, and call the ambulance (the next bay around has one).

Boss man gets taken off in the ambulance to the nearest hospital (thankfully in the same direction we’re going in!), and 2IC and I finish packing up the truck.

But wait, there’s more!

2IC is making sure the truck is all ready to go, walking down the side of the truck in full fluoro vest, orange shirt, plus he’s pretty tall, so not exactly easy to miss, when a school bus drives past, and manages to hit him in the head with the wing mirror. I thank the heavens that he’s not unconscious, just has a minor headache, because we have 2 vehicles, the truck and the car, and I’m only legally allowed to drive the car. Also, last time I checked, I can’t drive 2 vehicles at once! So he then has to drive an hour or so to the next town in the truck (it probably wasn’t really that far, but we were both driving pretty slowly, as I said, it was WINDY, and I suspected that the only ambulance in the area was in front of me! Also that we don’t really have backup staff. The closest airport was now about a 3-4 hour drive away, and if we needed someone to cover, how would they even get there! So if something (else) happens, it’s really, really, it is really all going to go wrong!)

I get to the next town, find 2IC, and he’s managed to park the truck at the wrong school. And to make matters worse, it’s now stuck in the mud. The nearest tow truck is probably still 2 hours away, and we don’t really want to wait and/or pay for the tow truck driver (the truck’s pretty big, you can’t just pull it out!). Thankfully this is farming country, so we manage to get a front end loader to pull us out (and all it cost us was a few beers :D). We park the truck up at the right school, and then head to the motel we’re staying in.

Just for the record, I don’t usually have to share a room. Perks of being to only woman on the team. So a 2 bedroom unit is fairly standard for us. But this being the middle of nowhere, there is really only one place to stay. And they’re completely booked out. So we get a room. Showers/kitchen in a separate building. One room. For 3 of us. And the room isn’t exactly huge either. It’s basically 3 beds (something to be thankful for I guess!) and a bit of space for our suitcases.

Plus then, obviously, the nearest hospital isn’t really in this town, it’s half an hour down the road! So 2IC then gets to go and pick the boss man up from the hospital in the middle of the night once they’ve released him.

I think we all slept well that night, even if 2IC snores!!