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Cheer me up - stuck in hospital in Paris

(61 Posts)
thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 11:09:11

I could do with cheering up ... Came away for 2 nights to Paris with dh and ds10 had major fibroid haemorrhage last night and was blue lighted to hospital 3 hours of surgery doing d&c and emboli station then blood transfusion.

So so scared and now feeling as though I have been run over by a bus not unsurprisingly . Have to stay for another night the get further surgery - prob hysterectomy and may need further transfusion tonight. Dh and ds now gone up Eiffel Tower I am lying in bed with massive weird knickers 3 drips and huge pad on - plus I l

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 11:10:15

Look like a beached whale as have puffed up with all the fluids -send me some hugs and jokes pleeeeeeeese

RandomCitizen Mon 21-Oct-13 11:12:28

Oh God you poor, poor thing. That sounds terrible flowers

Do you know if you'll be able to transfer to UK at some point?

PetiteRaleuse Mon 21-Oct-13 11:13:56

Which hospital are you in? Do you speak French? I am no longer in Paris unfortunately (otherwise would offer my services as a translator/ bearer of magazines) but the hospitals are very good so try not to be frightened.

Er, trying to think of something funny to say, but can't so, here is a hand to hold.

ImperialBlether Mon 21-Oct-13 11:13:58

God that's horrible! Do you speak any French? Do your doctors/nurses speak any English?

What happened - did you just collapse?

Sthingmustbescaringthemaway Mon 21-Oct-13 11:18:11

You poor, poor thing! That must have been absolutely terrifying - for your family as well.

I don't have anything immediate to suggest - you need to get as much rest as you can. I hope the hospital staff are being kind to you. (How is your French?) Try to relax (!) and let people help you.

It's good that you do at least have your Dp and Ds with you. But I'm sorry you're having to go through this.

Have my first Mnet hug.

Josie314 Mon 21-Oct-13 11:20:27

Poor you! Get well.

Is the food at least good? I like to think that a Parisian hospital would be serving you amazing gourmet meals.

CallMeNancy Mon 21-Oct-13 11:26:44

What a way to spend 2 nights in Paris!

Plan your return whilst you recover. Hope you feel better soon.

You could always send them on a tour of the lingerie shops of Paris to find you some better knickers for when you're better smile

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 11:41:50

Thanks for hugs and sympathy much appreciated. Food very poor but hospital fine and stuff very nice with my pigeon franglais and what I can remember from school I'm sort if getting myself understood le pee pee goes a long way! Actually lunch just arrived and surprisingly good omelette with Tom and mozzarella salad so not tops bad ...
The idea of trying to get home on Eurostar then 2 trains makes me want to cry

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 11:44:43

Should point out that further surgery will be back in uk . They've just done a temporary sort out which will last a few weeks , so may need another transfusion and if bloodsbare all good and I can walk then we can get home tomorrow night x

Gatekeeper Mon 21-Oct-13 11:54:28

you poor bugger sad...bad enough to happen back home but fifty times worse out of UK.
I can imagine how you are feeling about the journey home as it must seem insurmountable. Break it down into chunks and cross them off a list as you go along...out of hotel, on eurostar, off eurostar etc etc

Think of your lovely cosy bed, slippers, hot water bottle, tea and biscuits and Downton Abbey catch-up (if you are a fan)

PetiteRaleuse Mon 21-Oct-13 12:09:19

Do you have travel insurance? They might be able to organise more comfortable transport?

Footle Mon 21-Oct-13 12:10:50

Won't your travel insurance pay for proper medical repatriation ? You can't just leap on a train !

changeforthebetter Mon 21-Oct-13 12:12:32


Poor you hmm

Hope a local MNer can help (speak French but a world away in soggy Yorkshire)

You poor thing! Bad enough to have it happen at all but so much worse so far from home.

BuzzardBirdBloodBath Mon 21-Oct-13 12:20:12

Oh, you poor thing sad

If they don't understand you just SHOUT LOUDLY! They appreciate that grin

Get well soon thanks

What everyone ^^ says. Sending sympathy. And some laughter.

My best friend's husband shared these with us at the weekend. Will make you smile. And possibly laugh out loud (hope that will not be painful). Just to warn you though - they are just plain silly - if it is intellectual amusement you want do not bother grin (BTW, I had to ask YOLO means You Only Live Once)

ANd this Not normally my humour - but really you cannot help but grin at some.

Get well soon. brew

bigbrick Mon 21-Oct-13 12:27:11

Oh no. Hope you are being well looked after. Most Presse will sell the UK magazines & newspapers. Handwash (Gel pour les mains - nettoie les mains sans eau/savon) is good to have & you can get this in pharmacies. The pharmacies will stock all healthcare products & paracetamol etc is not sold in the supermarkets like happens in the uk.

Gatekeeper Mon 21-Oct-13 13:18:47

just keep saying "avez- vous un cuppa" grin

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 13:27:57

Tks for your messages - they are being very good here and 1 student nurse speaks good English . Dh has booked first class seats which are exchangeable so providing I feel better and I improve over next 23 hours all should be

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 13:28:52

On my phone so keep pressing post before ice finished... Providing I've improved I should be

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 13:29:47

On my phone so keep pressing post before ice finished... Providing I've improved I should be ok. Having said that would be better and quicker to fly I think ... Will get dh onto insurers .....

Unexpected Mon 21-Oct-13 13:35:06

PLEASE do speak to your insurers and take their advice on travel. In the dim and distant past, I worked for a travel insurance company briefly and they could get very funny about people who fell ill abroad not contacting them at the time and then trying to claim for extra accommodation, travel etc when they returned home. If they know in advance it's fine and they can liaise with the hospital to determine what is best to do but if you are trying to prove after the fact that you really needed first class seats or your entire family had to stay for 10 extra days it can get tricky! Hope you feel better soon.

thekingfisher Mon 21-Oct-13 13:49:40

Tks dh is in touch with them - although he's not very good at this stuff. We will take their advice but basically no standard seats their wise until 9 pm tomorrow

Sthingmustbescaringthemaway Mon 21-Oct-13 21:24:52

Hope you get some sleep tonight kingfisher. And feel stronger in the morning.

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 05:28:53

Morning all, well not a bad night as they gave me sleeping tablets and had my earplugs.

They've just woken me up at 6 here to take more blood - they are struggling as not many good veins apparently. They are going to test that to see if u need another blood transfusion.

Woken up to more blood (sorry if tmi( which is v scary and also very crampy am keeping fingers crossed. Don't get to see gynae until late morning . Dh desp to get me back into home turf but just don't see how I can at the monenthmm

Insurers are all on side so need to see what morning holds - they've just given me paracetamol and some anti spasmodics I think as far as mr Google can tell me....

EmilyAlice Tue 22-Oct-13 05:38:07

You poor thing. Am too far away in Normandy to visit, but sending a hug. I had horrible fibroids and a hysterectomy twenty years ago, but once that was done, I was absolutely fine.
Please PM if I can help with anything.

BillyGoatintheBuff Tue 22-Oct-13 05:45:25

Bless you. I hope your insurers will help you get home comfortably.

ilikeFISH Tue 22-Oct-13 05:52:57

You poor thing,

Hope you are feeling better soon.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 06:21:34

It's scary being in hospital away from home. I was hospitalised in France the first time after about ten years living there and that was scary enough. Paris hospitals are good though - especially for gyn issues. I know of some Paris based English speaking gyns if your insurance will cough up for a visit (though they may already be linked to your hospital). Write down your questions for the doctors when they do their rounds, and demand pain relief when needed. They are big on pain relief in France. You're at least in your own room? Or no more than two patients? If you can't be moved home yet then there is the American Hospital in Paris if your insurance will pay for it - they are good, used to anglo patients but private.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 06:23:26

They'll be testing your haemoglobin levels btw, to see how much you're losing. Am not a doctor but had major blood loss once and the 6am tests each morning are not a happy memory.

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 06:57:32

Thanks for posts... Feel absolutely drained so sort of hope do get more blood to perk me up. I have just enough painkillers - only paracetem but enough to take edge off. No English speakers on shift yet so bit lonely and vvvvvvv tired although may be sleeping tablets! Never taken them before. Thanks for all kind words it does help!

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 07:02:45

I would guess with your bleeding they don't want to give any nsaids (ibuprofen) butthe anti spasmodic thing should help you feel more comfortable.

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 22-Oct-13 07:44:37

You poor thing! You sound like you're doing really well stay positive. This made me laugh yesterday hope it makes you smile

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Tue 22-Oct-13 08:06:53

Hope you feel better soon. The tiredness will be the blood loss, sleep again if you can while the results come back.
It is normal to feel crap.
I had an hemorrhagia when I had DD1 and the UK nurse just patronised me "It is normal to bleed after birth, love" and went shock. At least you seem to be in safe hands and hospitals in Paris are good.

If you have questions and need any translation in french just ask, my french is very very good wink.
I also have a gyn in my family, too far north for you, but she might be able to recommend someone if things get worse.
Take care.

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 09:56:24

Thanks all- blood tests came back and are low but ok enough so they are discharging me this afternoon. That's means can get 4 pm train home.
Next issue is trying to get some paperwork from the dr to take back have just had frustrating 20 mins on phone with my dr's with them saying they need something for the hospital because they have to confused um no they don't so am waiting a call back from duty dr to see if they can refer directly . Is any one able to write this down in French for me so I can show them?

Ie need a letter explaining what has happened been done to me so my dr can action in the uk.???

CallMeNancy Tue 22-Oct-13 10:20:17

Sorry, rusty French isn't good enough for that.
I can however offer you a variety of swear words

Just bumping for a French speaker.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 10:24:57

Mon médécin traitant au Royaume Uni me demande de lui fournir une lettre de votre part pour lui expliquer les soins que j'ai reçu lors de mon admission chez vous, afin de pouvoir procéder aux démarches nécessaires pour la suite.

Not perfect but they will understand. Normally when you were admitted you will have given them the name and address of your GP in the UK - did they ask this of you or your DH? They are supposed to write to them anyway but if they didn't this will jog them along. You might need to start harassing them now if you want to be out by 4 though.

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 10:25:14

Tks have just pm'd mousetiere

Swear words also helpful!

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 10:25:36

Reading back not perfect at all but they will definitely understand smile

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 10:31:13

Many many many thanks xxxx

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 10:33:24

I have all my discharge papers so can go when I want - the first train we could get us at 4 so didn't want to be hanging about station too long. Dh coming in an hour to help me get dressed packed up. But gynae yesterday said that they would wait to receive a fax from my dr asking the questions .....

V frustrating

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 10:36:48

You are welcome. If they write out, in medical French, your symptoms, surgery and other treatment, give you a copy of your bloods from this morning and any other they took, and your discharge prescription the UK doctors will be able to work it out - medical French and medication names are pretty similar.

I have shown French blood reports to UK doctors over thg years and they have always been able to understand it.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 10:38:02

The basics will be on your discharge papers. Good luck with the trip home, take it very easy, and hope the French hospital system hasn't been too traumatic.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Tue 22-Oct-13 11:06:34

I have PM you as soon as I saw it, hope it is not too late. But what raleuse said would work.
Good luck on your way back.

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 13:36:53

At the Eurostar so one bit of journey down, feel like an old old woman.... Train is in 11/2 hrs, then 2 1/2 hrs to train then 11/2 hrs home in taxi .... 5 1/2 hrs till I can get into bed.....

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Tue 22-Oct-13 14:12:11

Oh take care! There used to be a good restaurant at Gare du Nord while you wait. You can sleep in the TGV later, hopefully.

thekingfisher Tue 22-Oct-13 17:46:52

In taxi now on way home hopefully no more than an hour or so. Thanks for all your support and help for last 36 hours. Mumsnet always here when you need her !

bigbrick Tue 22-Oct-13 17:50:50

Hope all ok for you - best wishes

PetiteRaleuse Tue 22-Oct-13 18:11:59

Well done I think you've been pretty brave tackling a journey like that. I'd have asked the insurqnce to cough up for some resting up time in a plush hotel smile

Sorry for my silly jokes/twitter links. Everyone else has been very supportive and I have sent you shallow stuff blush But brew here's hoping you feel well enough for a joke soon

Gatekeeper Tue 22-Oct-13 19:28:36

I bet your bed feels like the best place on earth tonight; here's to a good night sleep and feeling a bit better tomorrow

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Wed 23-Oct-13 08:56:51

Hope you are feeling better today and the referral will go smoothly. flowers

BillyGoatintheBuff Wed 23-Oct-13 09:03:23

Hope you are getting on ok. Thinking of you. Let us know if you are feeling a bit better today.

thekingfisher Wed 23-Oct-13 09:29:55

Thanks to all including twitter links to tommy cooper jokes v v funny. Had ok night sleep still feel like I've been hit by a bus... But good news my mum has come to stay for as long as I need her smile

Have drs at 11.20 however they have not received anything from hospital in Paris yet so fingers crossed something gets produced before I get there....

Thanks for all the support and help I will update when I know morexx

PetiteRaleuse Wed 23-Oct-13 10:39:53

That's great re your mum. Hospital admin in France is painfully slow, chucking an international fax number into the equation will have confused them grin at least you will be able to go, explain what happened, show them your discharge papers and get yourself checked if need be.

thekingfisher Thu 31-Oct-13 07:58:50

Thought I would update for all those who kept me company. I'm finally feeling much better than I did though still tired after being too busy . I have had had anothe blood test and HB levels going in right direction it was 10.7 on Tuesday so a significant improvement from 8 and hopefully the iron they gave me will continue to do its work.

In other news having has 2 consultants spots am now booked I for a hysterectomy on 27th nov so can finally but issues to bed . I am very scared about this but seems to be the least worst solution. I have found my way on to the hysterectomy thread so am getting lots of good support there

Again Thankyou for all the help and support smile

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Thu 31-Oct-13 08:11:55

Good news theking!

A friend went through this last year, the hysterectomy was scary but she is so much better after, she was able to go back to work as before she had to run off because of the bleedings. Thankfully she has a very understanding boss.


SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Thu 31-Oct-13 08:19:46

Pleased to hear you're ok and everything is under control. I hope your Dh and Ds have recovered as well.

Good luck with the surgery.

bigbrick Thu 31-Oct-13 12:20:31

Good that you are feeling better and all the best for your operation. Best wishes

Gatekeeper Fri 01-Nov-13 16:30:00

Glad to see you feeling a bit better; i would be scared by the op too but will make a big difference. My sister suffered for years with fibroids and ended up needing a blood transfusion before they finally did a hysterectomy. fibroids filled the whole of her uterus!

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