Friday, August 08, 2014

It's not vacation until somebody has to visit the ER

Magdalena broke her arm yesterday. She was jumping on a trampoline and fell off. We spent this afternoon and evening on a lovely "tour" of the Universit├Ątsklinikum children's ER in Leipzig. It wasn't exactly Thomaskirche, but it certainly was memorable.

Amidst all the arrangements and wrangling with our insurance company back in Sharjah, the following happened:

1. I had to dictate the address of our hotel to a non-German speaker, over a crappy phone connection. And of course it had to be something crazy like Zschochersche Stra├če. Of course.

2. Then, later, because the hospital wanted our bank's wiring codes so they could send our guarantee money (?) back to us (?) after the insurance comes through (?), I had to dictate a random string of numbers and letters to a German man over another crappy phone connection. Note to self: consider learning the German equivalent of the NATO phonetic alphabet (Alpha Bravo Charlie, etc.).

We are all really tired, but here is the proud owner of a cast. Good night.



8 comments:

  1. So sorry for Majd. Hope she feels better soon now the cast is on.

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  2. Goodness, gracious! I'm so sorry. :(

    We're keeping a tally of friends with broken arms over here...hehe. :)

    Hope she feels better soon and that you all recover from your lack of sleep and that the insurance mess gets worked out!

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  3. Point that was not lost on me: You're the kind of mom who finds a trampoline for her kids while on vacation in a foreign country. Fifty points to Gryffindor!

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  4. Oh goodness. I hope Magdalena recovers quickly and that the insurance stuff gets sorted out soon.

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  5. You remember that we spent an afternoon at Alaska General Hospital in Anchorage for DG on our 96 trip (and an ambulance ride was involved, and a nice stranger named Joy drove us to the hospital behind the ambulance). On the same trip SC got really sick and we were on the phone w/ our PDX doctor and then had to find a pharmacy. I remember it being night time. And then we got to Skagway and DG had a scary reaction to the medicine and it was a Sunday morning and we spent time on the phone to PDX and the whole thing put a big damper on our lives for about 3 days. Now you'll have the memories of "oh yeah, that was the vacation when Majd broke her arm and we didn't know it and then had to find a doctor and haggle w/ insurance, etc . . ."

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  6. Ohhhhhhhh no! Was it a bad break?? I'm so sorry. I freak out if we have to go to the doctor out of state... I can't even imagine doing it in another country. Blah. I am now saying a prayer of gratitude for not having been to the ER recently.

    I hope she's feeling better!

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  7. Amen. Demitri just got three layers of stitches in his foot, courtesy of a very sharp rock on the bottom of Lake Tahoe. Eight hours in the ER. We had to hold him down, screaming, while they sewed him up. Ah, fond memories.

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  8. That's awful! Ellen broke her arm in June and it was taxing enough dealing with it at home and in network clinics near by! I hope she's feeling better and heals quickly!

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