I’ve been admitted to hospital in Fresno California for 2 nights! I was on the bus tour in Yosemite and I started vomiting thinking I had motion sickness because the bus was hot and very winding road again. Anyway 12 hours after the bus trip I was still vomiting and could not stop. I had no diarrhoea and had pain that would go away after I vomited only to return again in 30 to 60 minutes later. Also feeling my abdomen I had a small painful swelling size of a 50 cent coin in my right groin. Anyway Rick said you could have a obstructed hernia and I said no it’s probably just gastro! Anyway after vomiting the whole night I had to admit I could have a bowel obstruction! We drove from Oakhurst to Fresno which was 50 miles and I was still vomiting in the metal salad bowl. There are 4 hospitals in Fresno and we went to the County hospital which is like a public hospital in Australia. There was a guy in a glass booth in the front emergency entrance with a gun in his belt who asked me why I’ve got a metal bowl! We had to put our bags through a security scanner and went into triage. I was in a line of half dozen people and this guy who I presume was a drug addict said to me ” do you want my chair”! I was really dehydrated so could barley stand, so very pleased with his good manners – when called from the line we gave the chair to a young negro lady who was clutching her right side in distress. They triaged me as unwell so I moved quickly through the system. I saw several nurses and doctors was given IV fluid and IV Ondansetron which made me feel a lot better. I had a CAT scan that confirmed I had a small bowel obstruction caused by an inguinal hernia and went to theatre at around midnight , after they had finished on a guy with a gun shot wound to the chest. Fresno is a very busy trauma hospital. I stayed 2 nights after my surgery till I could eat a meal. I had fantastic treatment. The bill will be about $24,000, and NAB MasterCard will hopefully cover it.
It’s a wonder that you didn’t offer to scrub up and join the theatre crew – glad Lil’s OK –
You really are experiencing every thing the USA has to offer. Take it easy and slow down! XOX
gotta love the order of priority in theater – hope you are feeling better Lilly!
Hey Rae will be heading your way soon hopefully , will get in touch , will probably be in one of the parks out towards the coast .
Omg!! Lil hope you are ok, get well soon so you can enjoy your holiday xox I Served Nola today and mentioned how slack I had been not keeping in touch!! She proceeded to tell me you had had surgery, you could have knocked me over with a feather.. I have just read your blog you poor thing!! Now our last walk I remember we did discuss travel insurance didn’t we??? No more said!!!
News from home, We are now going to sth America on the 4 October for 5 weeks, so will see you when you get back
Cheers my friend get well and stay safe
Thanks Jo. We are covered by MasterCard insurance for free. They have agreed to pay150% DRG which is probably the lot cause I did not have a pre-existing condition! Anyway you can never tell what will happen, at least I’m not coming back in a box! I’m limping around a little bit but I’m ok.
Thats good then lucky !! Hope Ricky is taking special care of you. Now I have finally hooked up with this blog I will follow your progress.. Stay safe and get well..
Oh Lily, what a time to get a bowel obstruction! Still, it could be a tax deduction- a GPStudy of the difference in management and care between Oz and US. Hope you get better pronto
The care has been fantastic
Hey Erin I was thinking that myself when I see you’ve been on a conference to New York! If I survive this holiday I think I might go on conferences overseas too. The care I got was probably better or as good as Australia. I’ve never been so grateful for a fart!
you didnt run under a ladder did you? stay well
Well that really sucks . Hope the rest of the trip is more mundane for u
has been an experience so far
Hi Rick & Lilly Anne and I hope that you are on the road to recovery sorry to hear that you have unwell. It good to have a Dr in the house so to speak. Get well soon and enjoy the rest of the trip. Anne @ Noel
Thanks Noel and Anne , it has certainly been an experience being on the, other end . The care has been exemplary , this is the big trauma hospital for the central valley
Anyway will be in Fresno a couple of days to make sure all is OK
Please tell me you have good travel insurance????
Should all be OK
Judy sends her love for a quick recovery too xxx
Hi Lily, so pleased to know you are recovering it certainly wasn’t a very nice experience for you. Hopefully it won’t interfere too much with this wonderful holiday you have both been looking forward too so much. Rick will just have to make sure he looks after you (as I am sure he will). I take it that you are out of hospital now? Are you still living in the Motor Home? As I said on fb, please keep in touch, it’s worrying when our family are so far away when something like this happens. Lots of love for a quick recovery… Mum/Dorothy & Allen xxxx
Lilly, get well quickly so you can enjoy the rest of your holiday….