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All turned out well

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As you know, this summer has been our family's tour of Europe, Chesirae's graduation present, and a chance for the three of us to be together before Chesirae takes wing on her own. But medically speaking the last two months have been rough. For Chesirae, things started out with irritants, mosquito bites in Paris. In Seville, however, she caught whatever bug I had in Paris and spent most of 10 days in bed. She got better only to run into an unrelenting heatwave. Granada had record breaking temperatures, Barcelona was only slightly better, Nimes was more heat and so many mosquitoes she couldn't keep the windows open when the nights cooled. The worst of the heat was Florence, the highest temperatures in 20 years, and Chesirae was again housebound.
We were excited to reach Venice where the highs were only in the 80's, and we thought all three of us would finally get more time sightseeing together. Within two days, however, she developed shin splints and was again stuck in the apartment. We wrapped her leg, started icing it, and hoped she would mend quickly.
Yesterday morning, however, she woke with chest pain, had trouble breathing, and later felt pain in her left arm. As the pain was sporadic, we all hoped this was an aberration.
Today however, the pain remained and she was still having trouble breathing.
We began to worry.
We called Kaiser (in the US) to get advice. After describing her symptoms to the nurse, who relayed them to a doctor, they advised us to get to a hospital as soon as we could, fearing she might have a blood clot.
We worried more.
Venice is not the best place to have a medical emergency. The ambulances are boats. Walking to the hospital would be quicker, about 15 minutes, but I felt guilty for every step as our sick daughter had to trek to the emergency room.
We arrived at Hospital SS Giovanni e Paolo at 11 a.m. and were there until 4 p.m. Emergency rooms in Italy are very much like those in the States, crowded with people who all need attention. We did a lot of waiting, but eventually Chesirae got an EKG and a series of blood tests. After more waiting, we got the results. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong.
Big relief.
And Chesirae is beginning to feel better.
Moral to the story: Big plans for college in Boston, new house in San Diego, an entire summer traveling Europe, everything put together has no value unless your family is safe.
Not a profound learning - but today made the lesson very real.
One tiny footnote: the entire trip to the emergency room, EKG, blood tests, and two doctors examining her cost 70 euros, about what we paid for dinner last night, and that was for someone who is not a citizen of Italy or even of the European Union. Thank you socialized medicine.

Posted by randjb 11:54 Archived in Italy Tagged venice medical italy hospital Comments (0)

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