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The Hawaiian Rollercoaster

Posted by Oli on Monday 31st August, 2009

This is going to be a short summary of how we got to where we are, but suffice it to say that the end result is WE’RE GOING TO HAWAII TOMORROW!!!

It’s been a crazy last 8 days, starting with feeling slightly odd leading right up to Saturday’s blog detailing my admission. My lovely new iPhone then decided to stop working as an internet-receptacle so I couldn’t update the blog any further.

The docs essentially said on Saturday that they a) had no idea what was wrong with me but b) that it looked pretty bad. Although the X-ray techs refused to CT me, the docs between them had come upon the summation that it was some kind of chest infection which meant that whatever happened, Hawaii was off.

When they came around Sunday they told me I was well enough to go home – they still didn’t know what it was but the 24 hours of oral antibiotics they’d had me on were seeing my infection markers dropping and things looked OK. I thanked them and they left.

Them then team leader reg for the weekend came back in and asked about Hawaii. Essentially, he said, they needed to ask themselves 3 questions as my doctors:

1) Was I well enough to go?
2) Was I a danger to other passengers on a plane (ie, through Swine ‘Flu etc)
3) Was I fully insured in case anything worsened or happened beyond what they’d observed.

The answers, as he gave them, were:

1) Yes, as far as they were concerned.
2) No, as they didn’t believe I’d had Swine ‘Flu in the first place
3) They would need me to see.

Cue a frantic rush around last night to try to find out what our insurance policy covered. What we came up with was that because the admission happened before I flew, the chest infection then counts as a pre-existing medical condition which they must be made aware of or no treatment related to it in any way will be covered while we’re away. Being a Bank Holiday weekend, this meant that we were now unable to inform them of the change until we flew, which essentially voided the policy.

Cue frantic scramble to find a company that would cover me for CF, lung transplant and a resolving chest infection – all three of which would need to be covered if I needed any treatment for an exacerbation of my current condition. After a pleasantly home-bound night’s sleep we spoke to a company this morning and – in brief – we shelled out a very large amount of money to ensure we didn’t have to claim back a slightly very larger amount of money for canceling the holiday and we were set to go.

Cue frantic running around the Bank Holiday shops today to fill my uni shopping list, my holiday shopping list and still get back in time to pack it all into boxes, bags and suitcases in time to head over to the ‘rents this evening for dinner and sleeps so they can run us to the airport at silly o’clock tomorrow morning.

It’s been a total whirlwind and both K and I are pretty overwhelmed by it all, but the bottom line is that we’re on our way to Hawaii. And when I get back I’ll have less than 12 hours in Liverpool before the start of my first ever term of uni. At the end of it all, things couldn’t really be more exciting. I just wish I’d done it all in a slightly more boring and less melodramatic way.

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8 Responses to “The Hawaiian Rollercoaster”

  1. Jac said

    I’m tired reading that!! Have the best holiday ever 🙂
    Jac x

  2. Dawn Bostock said

    WAHOO!!! Have a great time in Hawaii:)!!! Fantastic News, really pleased for you both :)xx

  3. Alice said

    Brilliant! Just brilliant! Joe and I wish you a wonderful holiday!!

    A xx

  4. Rose said

    So pleased to hear that you are getting to go to Hawaii, although perhaps a slightly less dramatic fashion would have been preferable!! Still, you never do things by halves, Oli! Hope you both have a wonderful time xx

  5. Woody said

    All’s well that ends well. Have a great holiday! If you see any of the “Lost” crew while you’re there can you ask them what the hell’s going on?
    😉

  6. Sue said

    YAAY!!! and Phew!!!

    Good to hear you’re going on your hols, but what a mare of a time you’ve had the last few days. In rollercoaster terms it sounds like a ride on the Pepsi Max 😉

    Have a fab time you two. x

  7. Hayley said

    YIPPEE!, FAB!, BRILLIANT!, Have a great time both of you XXXXXXXXXXXX

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