Elliott Yamin Hopes to Fly Home on Wednesday

Update from Elliott’s tweets:

Sos sos..operation remove is in full effect!…I need all media outlets 2 reach out…can I fly back hom w u!!…I am runnin out of insulin!!

need 2 get home asap!…flight may not resume til fri…they want us 2 drive 10 hrs 2 mendoza thru the colassal andes mountains, single lane

we were sppsd to fly out wed…now the airlines r saying friday…the tavel scenario is only getting worse as far as gettn flights

appreciate everyones suggestions to go elswhere to fly out…but i am stayin put…i am only 25 mins from santiago airport, & the safest here

EEP! The insulin situation is scary!

Landing in Las Vegas airport LAS at...
Landing in Las Vegas airport LAS at night

Ryan Seacrest interviewed Elliott Yamin this morning on his KIIS LA radio show. As most of you know, Elliott was sitting in his hotel room chatting with fans (dissing the festival–oops) on twitter, after finishing a performance at a music festival in Vina Del Mar Chile Friday night, when an 8.8 earthquake rocked the country.

Afterward, shaken and terrified for his life, Elliott began twittering on-the-spot updates that were picked up by many major news outlets.

Elliott describes the confusion right after the quake hit (lots of conflicting instructions, particularly about the possibility of Tsumami). Elliott arrived in Chile straight from his trip to Angola for IGB with Kara DioGuardi, and says, “It’s been a hell of a ride.”

American Airlines flights will begin on Wednesday, and Elliott is pretty sure (but not positive) he’ll be able to get on one of those flights. He has been unable to get through to the American Embassy.

Elliott is just happy to be alive, and looking forward to coming back home. Check out Elliott’s tweets HERE.

Elliott Yamin – Ryan Seacrest

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21 Comments

  1. Really informative interview by Ryan for once. Good to hear from Elliott and with some good news. Hope he can get out soon esp given the insulin situation. Not sure what he means by finagling his supply but hopefully he’ll be okay. Elliott’s a good guy.

  2. Godspeed, Elliott!

    I’m sure they’ll be talking to him during IGB about his experiences in Chile. Nothing like a “family member’s” firsthand account.

  3. Godspeed, Elliott!

    I’m sure they’ll be talking to him during IGB about his experiences in Chile. Nothing like a “family member’s” firsthand account.

    Especially since he’s bound to be there anyway, at least in the audience, on April 21 when they air the Africa piece.

  4. This is getting more and more serious, they are telling him Friday. His latest tweets (in reverse order)

    Sos sos..operation remove is in full effect!…I need all media outlets 2 reach out…can I fly back hom w u!!…I am runnin out of insulin!!

    need 2 get home asap!…flight may not resume til fri…they want us 2 drive 10 hrs 2 mendoza thru the colassal andes mountains, single lane

    we were sppsd to fly out wed…now the airlines r saying friday…the tavel scenario is only getting worse as far as gettn flights

    appreciate everyones suggestions to go elswhere to fly out…but i am stayin put…i am only 25 mins from santiago airport,& the safest here

  5. This is getting more and more serious, they are telling him Friday. His latest tweets (in reverse order)

    Sos sos..operation remove is in full effect!…I need all media outlets 2 reach out…can I fly back hom w u!!…I am runnin out of insulin!!

    need 2 get home asap!…flight may not resume til fri…they want us 2 drive 10 hrs 2 mendoza thru the colassal andes mountains, single lane

    we were sppsd to fly out wed…now the airlines r saying friday…the tavel scenario is only getting worse as far as gettn flights

    appreciate everyones suggestions to go elswhere to fly out…but i am stayin put…i am only 25 mins from santiago airport,& the safest here

    Yikes. Hope he can get through that embassy voicemail box — I’ll bet they would be able to point him toward some insulin sources.

    I heard the ambassador say this morning that there are approximately 18,000 U.S. citizens in Chile at this time.

  6. Seriously, though, why doesn’t he go to a hospital or a drug store? I’m sure they have insulin in Chile.

  7. Seriously, though, why doesn’t he go to a hospital or a drug store? I’m sure they have insulin in Chile.

    I’m thinking he’ll figure this out pretty soon. Luckily for him, he’s in Santiago where the hospitals probably aren’t completely overwhelmed. If I were on Twitter, I’d tweet him to get to the nearest drug store with his prescription in hand or to the nearest hospital, if the drug store is out of supplies. …

    But since Twitter horrifies me, I can’t make any suggestions at all.

  8. he’s also right on the beach…im sure one of the organizers should be able to get him insulin…i have some friends down there and even though it’s really nice down there…there just freaked out and wanna come back home asap. ..they are also hoping to get on the next flights out…which makes it harder for everyone to get out.

    too bad Elliot didn’t make friends with John Travolta or Morgan Freeman…Travolta just took his plane to Haiti and Freeman is flying around Africa right now for fun.

  9. Elliot’s first course of action should have been to try to line up insulin locally for his drip. He should contact the American Embassy or Red Cross.

    When he gets back home, I hope he takes an Emergency/Earthquake Preparedness class. His first response of standing under a door frame/support beam was good (but not with a swinging door). Trying to run down 6 flights of stairs while the shaking was going on is a huge no no in an earthquake.

  10. When he gets back home, I hope he takes an Emergency/Earthquake Preparedness class. His first response of standing under a door frame/support beam was good (but not with a swinging door). Trying to run down 6 flights of stairs while the shaking was going on is a huge no no in an earthquake.

    Having an entire hotel shake around you has got to be a daunting moment. He got scared–understandably so. He probably thought the building was going to crash on top of him. Not saying that your suggestion is a bad one. We should all be prepared. But sometimes, remaining calm is easier said than done.

  11. Elliot is a VERY brittle diabetic. His blood sugars are next to impossible to regulate. He uses an insulin pump that give him a continuous dose of insulin according to his glucose levels. Sure he can get regular or even long lasting insulin and inject it according to his blood glucose testing results, but with his condition, that isn’t the best way to have good control. He’d have to be doing very frequent glucose testing manually, not practical considering his circumstances. Depending on what kind of pump he has, he may not be able to get the specific refill packs he needs down there. Medical equipment isn’t necessarily universal. Considering all the stress he’s experiencing, his blood sugars are probably very high. Then there’s the consideration that if he gets sick, treating his diabetes will be very challenging. I don’t blame him for his panic. His circumstances are not good for a diabetic as brittle as Elliott is.

  12. Elliott tweeted that he’s OK for insulin at the moment. He was probably able to get whatever he needed. His last tweet was just saying he was using music to stay . Props to Chris Daughtry for texting Elliott and then informing his fans that E was okay. Chris is a Class A human being.

  13. Um at risk of being practical, perhaps he should contact the U.S. Embassy? this is, after all, what they do.

  14. By “finagling” his insulin, he probably means that he’s either using something that’s not his normal insulin, which would make dosage and control tricky, or he’s rationing what insulin he has by letting his blood sugar stay higher than he normally would,or both. You can also last a while with no insulin by eating few to no carbohydrates, but it doesn’t sound like it’s come to that, thank goodness.

    There are different types of insulin, and it’s a fragile hormone. If it gets too hot or too cold, it spoils quickly, and it’s only good for 1 month after you open the bottle. That’s concern in a place that’s having difficulty with keeping the power on.

    Elliott has had diabetes for a long time, and been traveling extensively for years. I’m sure he’s aware that drug stores might have insulin he could use in a pinch, and he’s said that he’s trying to get in touch with the embassy, but, it’s a disaster zone. They’re not going to be well-organized yet, the insulin in local stores and hospitals could have been damaged, or they may just not have enough to go around right now, since they probably aren’t getting deliveries the way they normally would.

    I am surprised that he didn’t bring extra supplies with him. The rule of thumb is to bring 3 times as much of your diabetes supplies as you think you’ll need. Maybe the airports wouldn’t let him bring that much? A tiny bottle lasts my daughter 2 weeks, and she’s a teenager, the age which usually requires more insulin than any other. He should have been able to bring 2 months worth of pump and meter supplies in a knapsack-size bag.

  15. Props to Chris Daughtry for texting Elliott and then informing his fans that E was okay. Chris is a Class A human being.

    JP – When did you hear about this? That’s awesome.

  16. It’s a big eye opener for him for sure, and I’ll bet he’s dealt with a lot of 20/20 hindsight by now. Poor guy, I sure hope he gets the meds he needs and can get a flight out of there asap!!!!

  17. @Lu

    Daughtry informed that he sent text to Elliott in his tweet.That make me respect him more.

  18. Elliott has had more publicity than any other American stranded in Chile. There must be someone, somewhere that can get that delivery to him. I wonder if he knows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
    (Actually, I don’t know where Mrs. Clinton will be going for her visit.)

  19. Um at risk of being practical, perhaps he should contact the U.S. Embassy? this is, after all, what they do.

    He did call. But he said that the voicemail box was full — no surprise there, of course! There are about 18,000 U.S. citizens in Chile, I heard the ambassador say.

    As others have mentioned, Elliott has had lots of scares with his diabetes over the years, and when he got into that *highly* stressful situation, I don’t think it’s surprising that he has expressed panic. When you don’t speak the language and don’t know the country and are there with only one person that you actually know, it’s pretty scary and confusing to try to navigate a health system to manage a very complex condition.

    I suspect one big reason for his possibly being a bit underprepared for the journey in a medical sense is that because of the scheduling of the Idol Gives Back location filming and Vina del Mar festival, he had to go to Chile almost immediately after he came back from Angola. That’s a lot of complicated international travel crammed into a couple of weeks. Not so easy with his medical issues. And also an extra reason why he’s been pretty fixated on trying to get back home ASAP.

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