Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Repatriation Day

June 5th, 2009 4 comments

I woke up at 4:40am.  Got ready, and was waiting for the flight nurse (Nurse Jane) at 5:30am.  Ma Yan went onto the balcony, and looked for the car.  It was in front of building B.  The Diamond Court security turned up, and a few seconds later Nurse Jane called to confirm the room number.  She was at A1307, so I told her to come to A1105.  She arrived, and then gave me a quick check over of blood pressure, O2 saturation, heart rate.  All were normal.  She then gave me an injection to help prevent DVT whilst on the plane.  I asked her to tell me when she was going to do it, but she had already jabbed me and finished!

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Back to the Hotel

June 4th, 2009 3 comments

Ma Yan arrived back with my Jeans and walking boots just after 8am.  I had to sign some documents for my discharge, and got my X-Rays and all the blood test results. I waited for a while, and then put on my clothes.  It felt very strange to be wearing proper clothing, but in a good way.  I then sat on the sofa with my rucksack ready to go.  I had to sign some more papers detailing the cost of the stay in hospital.  Total cost is 188,534.67 RMB, so around £18000!
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D-Day (yes, I know, 2 days early)

June 3rd, 2009 3 comments

Woke up early this morning. 

Ma Yan went to Diamond Court to pick up some clothes for me at 6:30am.  They called me to confirm that I agreed to her being allowed in the room.  They then sent an escort with her, so I had to make a call to say that I would be responsible, and to leave her alone.  That did not work, so Ma Yan spoke to the front desk and it was sorted.

I took the opportunity to zimmer to the bathroom, I then opened the curtains, and got back into bed.  I feel I will be doing alot of moving around today, so I will take my rest when I can.  Breakfast in bed for the last time.

The plan is for discharge at 10am.  We shall see how that goes.

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Visitors and some bad news

June 3rd, 2009 No comments

Ma Yan arrived from work at about 5:40pm.  Not long after, Nigel turned up after having cycled in from his apartment.  I was on the phone with International SOS when he arrived, (more of which later).  Then my tuna salad arrived.  Then Jamo and Tracey appeared.  Bit of a roomful!

My call was not a particularly good one.  International SOS will deliver me to Warwick Hospital A&E, so that I can be seen by an Orthopedic Surgeon.  Based on his thoughts on my mobility, I might not be allowed to go to Mum and Dad’s.  I am not going to be very happy after travelling from Shanghai and then going straight to the hospital.  As it is A&E, and not an appointment, I will have to wait until a surgeon is available.  Friday is looking like being a very long day.

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Still waiting

June 3rd, 2009 1 comment

The flight nurse came in again today.  It seems like she will be the one to accompany me all the way to Mum and Dad’s in Warwick.  She was just checking on how mobile I was, and basically giving me a final check to say that she thought I was ok to fly.

We also discussed arrangements for tomorrow.  The final decision is as follows:-

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Nothing to see here, move on.

June 2nd, 2009 1 comment

I did a few more trips to the chair for a read, and a bit of computer time.  I zimmered about a bit as well, and on one of my zimms I spoke to the mother of the lad in the next bed.  It turns out that she knows Renney!  It is a small expat world out here. (That is for you Mum)
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Possible Discharge Date…

June 1st, 2009 No comments

The insurance company’s agent, International SOS have just been on the phone with me.  They have been told I shall be discharged on Wednesday after I have my stitches taken out!!  I have discussed this at length with the ISOS person, and I have said that I would rather remain in hospital for 24 hours after the stitches have been removed, just in case of any issues.

The logistical problems I can see are:-

1) I have to go to the visa office in person to retreive my passport.

2) Virgin flights to the UK leave Shanghai at 9:20am, so I have to be at the airport at 6:20am

3) I have no clothes here at the hospital to wear to be discharged.

If I am discharged on Thursday, I will need to go to the Visa office the same day to collect my passport, and then go on to Diamond Court to pack my things. I will then stay one night at Diamond Court, and get taken to Pudong Airport for my flight.

I have just spoken to one of the GP’s here, and she says that she is quite happy to say about having 24 hours observation after the stitches are removed.

So being discharged on Thursday, means arriving in Warwick on Friday afternoon / evening.

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