Urgent Help Needed...hospital In Heraklion
Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:17 AM
Well Chris is being airlifted back to devon tonight. She is still not able to talk but can mouth words.
Wim....Chris is 53 and had already had 2 strokes before, plus problems with high blood pressure. Her daughters are not what you would wish on anyone and have caused her a lot of stress recently,that is why i assume she had the heart attack. I always find it strange too that people go on holiday then something like this happens. Unfortunately the daughters are still being incredibly selfish and spiteful to other members of the family here and i doubt it will stop when they come back tonight. We can only hope and pray they keep their vinictiveness away from their mother.
Pops... glad to hear your dad had somewhere close by and hope that your mum makes a full recovery.
Thank you again all of you for your very kind words, maybe one day i will get the chance to visit Crete myself.
Posted 22 September 2006 - 02:12 PM
Whilst reading your comment regarding the daughters it sadden me that it reminded me of a saying I heard many years ago from an Aunt "Friends you can choose, family your stuck with"
Both Linda's (my partner) and my thoughts are with you and pop's.
It's not the number of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away.
Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:38 PM
I have been left overwhelmed by peoples kind words and concern and it has been a real suprise, I never expected to stumble across this site and get so much from it.
I'm so glad to hear Chris is being airlifted home and find it such a coincidence that she is from Devon as thats where I am and where my family will hopefully be coming home to soon.
To answer your questions Wim, my Mum is 60 years old and although she has a history of high blood pressure it has been controlled safely for years. She also has diabetes which is controlled but I guess you could say she is a prime candidate for such an illness.
My parents were due to fly home the day she was taken ill and had enjoyed a lovely holiday so who knows what causes these things to happen. Its never happened to her before and it was a complete shock.
She has a family that love her and miss her very much - I have four brothers and as the only girl I have dealt with many of the issues that have been presented to us, normally due to the ineffeciences of her travel insurance providers.
Mum is stable now and due to have a stress test on Monday to establish she is strong enough to travel, hopefully she'll pass and a doctor will fly out to bring her home on Monday so all going well she'll be home Wednesday.
Thank you all once again
Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:27 PM
Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:35 AM
Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:05 AM
Pops where in Devon are you from.? We are in Exeter.
She was due into the hospital last night about 7pm our time, she was coming by air ambulance. Just waiting to hear from the kids to see if she did indeed arrive. I work in the evening so not heard anything since 5pm last night.
I am really humbled by all this i must admit, I echo really what Pops said about everyones concerns about total strangers. you are all amazing people and i thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being so kind. If the world was full of people like yourselves what a wonderful place it would be to live in. Enough now i'm getting soppy.
Thanks though all of you.
Posted 23 September 2006 - 02:21 PM
The stress test is a compromise. The greek doctors say she needs an angiogram, doctors at the insurance company say its not an urgent procedure so they wont cover it and its best to bring her home. If she fails the stress test the insurance company will then agree to pay for the angiogram and then probably angioplasty as it will be deemed as emergency care. This is why its been such a nightmare - I would seriously discourage taking advantage of free travel insurance offered by NatWest Bank they have been worse than useless.
Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:13 AM
Apparently she didn't have a heart attack. Her heart was beating at 300 bpm and they couldn't stop it. She suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen, we are yet to fing out how bad the damage is. She will spend a long time in hospital before going into rehab. We have been warned if it happens again they won't be able to stop it, and no-one knows why it happened.
Pops i used to live in Cullompton, i went to school there in the eighties.!!!
What a small world.
I guess they will bring your mum to our hospital to or will it be Tiverton?
Best wishes to you all.
Posted 24 September 2006 - 07:18 PM
What happened to Chris sounds terrible I hope the brain damage isn't too severe, I guess its one of those things that only becomes apparent as time goes on.
My other half also went to Cullompton school in the 80's - this gets weirder and weirder.
I told my mum that I found your request for help on the internet and that fact that you all lived in Devon and she was amazed at such a coincidence!
Mum will go to Wonford when she flies home, Tiverton wont be able to provide the treatment she'll need.
Good luck to Chris, I hope you see some improvement soon!
Posted 25 September 2006 - 08:09 AM
Pops it really is a small worls isn't it in the grand scale of things. very weird how we both found this amazing site only to realise how near we live to each other.
What is your other half called.? I wonder if we were in the same year.
My name at school was Donna Endicott.
I hope your mum is making good progress.
best wishes to everyone
Posted 26 September 2006 - 09:10 AM
Thats terrible! Thank god the nurse noticed, it doesn't seem to be getting easier for anyone.
My Mum was told she wasn't having the stress test and was then taken to have it without so much as a word of warning.
She didn't do very well so is supposed to be having an angiogram today. Its just so frustraing, the Greek doctors wanted to do this on Friday but my Mum's insurance company wouldn't let them so we've wasted all this time.
After the angiogram they keep her in ITU untill they do the angioplasty so the nest couple of days are going to be tense as I wont be able to speak to her.
My poor dad is also being messed around by the insurance company. They seem completely incapable of organising anything. He was told this morning he has to vacate his room by 12 when yesterday he as told by the insurance it was booked till Friday - its just extra stress we dont need.
My other half is called Richard Board and he says your name sounds familiar, he was 39 in July.
Send my regards to Chris x