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Cheer me up - stuck in hospital in Paris

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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 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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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