Sick in a foreign country
October 14, 2007 3:53 PM Subscribe
My stepfather is currently hospitalized in France, where he had a series of transient ischemic attacks this weekend while on vacation with my mother and sister. They were scheduled to fly home next week, though chances are high that will get postponed at least a few days on doctor's orders. I'm trying to be as much help as I can from an ocean away. What practical aspects of being hospitalized in a foreign country should I be thinking of / helping with?
posted by Stacey to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
What I've got covered so far:
*Logistics of air travel in his condition - my mother's talking to the doctors about the medical aspect of this, and I'll be researching with the airline to see what sort of documentation/whatever they need to accomodate him.
*Extended petsitting at home beyond what they lined up before they left - this is taken care of.
*Dealing with any special needs he has after he gets out of the hospital for the rest of their stay, since none of them speak much French: We're going to see how this goes. Most of the people they run into, including their hotel staff, speak good English. If it turns out they're having a lot of trouble, I'll fly out there and help out with my rusty-but-functional French until they're able to come home.
Are there other practical things like this, either to be dealt with there or here at home while they're away, that I might be able to help with from a distance or that we might all be overlooking in our various levels of emotional distress?