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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Long Days' Journey into Flight

On 23 September, I booked a flight to The States for November 20th. Thanksgiving Day was on my mind and I thought it would be nice to be with my Mom and sister this year. I do enjoy going back for Thanksgiving and my sister goes out of her way to make it a special occasion -- bringing all the necessary ingredients and equipment with her from Vermont.

Mom has a fully equipped kitchen, but when she moved into the retirement center left behind most of her cooking paraphernalia. She has never missed having it! Every time you mention to her that she doesn't have to cook any more she smiles broadly. Not that she was a bad cook. She was in fact a very good, if plain cook. My father was a rather fussy eater -- he didn't like fish and he didn't like cheese! His dislike of cheese made us all laugh whenever he ate pizza, which he loved. Anyway, because her 'Other Half' didn't like to experiment with different kinds of food, my mother lost interest in really developing her cookery skills. My sister, is an entirely different story! The woman can cook!

So last Sunday night, while watching the final episode of Downton Abbey, and began to feel very uncomfortable -- an ache in my right side that persisted and kept me from having a good night sleep. Around 4.00 pm the following day, when the pain did not subside, but seemed to be getting more persistent I called the Surgery to see if I could see a doctor -- if possible the next day. Surprisingly, there was an opening with my favourite doctor 45 minutes later! I was worried that maybe I had appendicitis, but the doctor thought it was probably a pulled muscle as the symptoms didn't really point to appendicitis. However, if symptoms should increase or suddenly get worse, I should call the next day for an emergency appointment. He would not be that day, but if two days later I had not improved I should call reception and tell them that he wanted to see me again. Symptoms did not get worse, but did not improve so on Thursday I saw him again -- and remembered to bring the 'water' sample he asked me to bring! As soon as he tested the sample, he could see that I had a urinary infection.

So the third day of antibiotics later and the pain has abated significantly, but not disappeared. The doctor had me take a blood test and sent the sample for further testing and did not rule out the possibility of the appendix -- I haven't heard anything back, so I am hopeful to get an ''all clear" Monday. I've never not been able to take a flight and hope this is not the first time! In the meantime, it's all put rather a damper on packing and so on. I still have the occasional twinge. So glad I have insurance that covers me just in case I'm unable to make. For one thing is for certain, I just as soon not be in the USA if I need emergency surgery for anything! My flight is Wednesday morning -- I'm holding my breath!!

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  1. Oh poor Broad, I do hope it's just a simple infection and is on the mend. It would be such a shame if you had to miss Thanksgiving with your mother and sister. Get well soon and safe journey.

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    1. Today, for the first time, I felt the antibiotics had kicked in -- I even started doing some packing! Thanks Perpetua!

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  2. You'll be having a grand time back with your mom and the rest of the family. Enjoy it!

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  3. Turkey cures all! Hope you make it to the USA all fit and fiddle.

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    1. Thanks, Joeh. And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  4. Please do not miss a good meal by a five star cook. Help your mother polish off the turkey and cranberries. I do hope you have cranberries! Be faithful to the antibiotics and get on the plane.

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    1. I'm taking those tablets absolutely religiously! Not only do we have cranberries -- my sister makes her own cranberry sauce!

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  5. I am hoping it will all be well. Wednesday should be long enough to see what's what. I agree with you about having surgery in the US when you have another option! :-)

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    1. Well, at the moment, it's looking good... Thanks DJan.

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  6. Hope your infection clears up soon and all goes well. All the best for Wednesday

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    1. The pain is but a slight niggle. I expect all to be normal by Wednesday.n
      Thanks, Molly.

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  7. The last thing I want to hear about is UTI... or any other infection.
    Good thoughts headed your way.

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    1. Thanks Skip -- and Happy Thanksgiving.

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  8. I do hope all is well....if you can make it those cranberries will help any residual problems...

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    1. Those cranberries are so medicinal. And on a string with popcorn make a very nice decoration for a certain kind of seasonal tree!

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  9. I hope all this clears up so you can go. For some reason, I remembered your passport problems. It can take a while for these infections to clear up. All the best, I know you want to see your US family.

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    1. I seem to be on the mend -- much to my relief. I also have a beautiful pristine passport!

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  10. Oh, dear! This is a nuisance! Not to mention the discomfort.

    I hope the whole thing clears up promptly, and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving at "home."

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Thank you Rob-bear! It's looking good! Hugs right back...

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  11. Oh good luck! I think that if it is improving, the omens look pretty good. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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  12. Sorry you have to go through this. Have you had bad experiences in American hospitals?

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    1. I never have had a bad experience in American hospitals -- not that I've had to frequent them for many years.

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  13. I'm going to look on the positive side and wish you a wonderful thanksgiving holiday - with my fingers crossed!!

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    1. Thank you. The power of positive thinking can work miracles...

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  14. Good luck, m'dearie - I hope you make it to the States.

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    1. Thanks, Sweetie! I'm hoping so, too...

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  15. Oh no! I hope things resolve for you, and that you are able to go to the US for Thanksgiving. I don't know if you buy out-of-country medical insurance for your trips there (I never step foot in the US without it), but if you do please be aware that the way almost all policies work is they won't cover a pre-existing condition. Because you have seen a doctor about the pain in your right side anything to do with follow-up care would be excluded from coverage.

    I laughed about your mom ditching all her cooking stuff when she moved to the retirement apartment. My mom did the same when she moved into hers two years ago. :-)

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    1. My insurance covers me for a cancelled trip due to a medical condition. They cover me as long as I tell them. I never go to the US without insurance! Even now that I'm covered my Medicare...

      I think my Mom felt 'liberated' when she saw the back of that stuff!

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  16. I'm sure your doctor told you this but now its the nurses turn DRINK DRINK DRINK (water, not wine) not only will it help the infection it also helps the antibiotics clear your system. If anywhere near Illinois when you come into the US you must drop by!

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    1. I wish I were going to be near Illinois and could drop by! I think I'll go and get some water right now!

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  17. I do hope that by now, you are fine, and know that the flight will have you on it. If that is the case... I hope you have a wonderful time. J.

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    1. At the moment the signs are positive that I will be sufficiently on the mend to venture forth!

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  18. "ABroad with a View" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point many new visitors in your direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-sunday-drive.html

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  19. Wishing you an all clear so you can catch your flight and enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Travel safely.

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    1. Thank you Kelly Louise! It was all in all a very successful visit!

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  20. Hope you feel better very soon and can happily fly off to enjoy Thanksgiving with your Mom and sister!

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  21. Hope you become well again soon. It would faze me an awful lot if I could not get back home, which makes me reluctant to travel anywhere other than within the boundaries of France!

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  22. I hope that everything will be OK for you as it would be such a disappointment for all if you did not come for Thanksgiving, and also that would mean that you are not fine. I have had a couple of these infections and just yesterday the nurse called me to tell me I had another one, so I have to take antibiotics for 10 days. I also drink non-sweetened cranberry juice every morning; it helps and did hide the pain as I did not know I had another infection. So, do drink that juice if you can and plenty of water, and have a nice Thanksgiving.

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  23. So, did you go home for Thanksgiving? Hope all is well with you now.

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