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I know it has been a while since I have posted in the Tavern, but I need some positive thoughts and prayers for my folks.

 

They were on a Asian cruise when my father took very ill. The ships doctors could not do anything and felt he needed to be in a hospital ASAP. They got him in a place in Bangkok Thailand.

 

It appears he has double pneumonia and is in septic shock right now. Also his white blood cell count is really high, 44,000 and they think his leukemia may have returned (I hope not and it is just due to the septicemia).

 

Also, the hospital does not take insurance which does not surprise me, but cash only. They almost gave my mom a heart attack when the requested $100,00.00 baht. Turns out it is only $3000.00 US.

 

Anyway, they really need your thoughts and prayers right now, they want to fly home for his doctor but can’t as they do think he would make the trip.

 

I am also trying to see if there is any way I can take a leave of absence from work and fly over to help out. Not sure if it is at all possible, but looking into the logistics now.

 

Will keep everyone updated,

Tom

 

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Every child's nightmare, an elderly parent in trouble half a world away. You have my heartfelt prayers.

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Tom, thoughts and prayers on the way. +

 

Consider calling your congressman or senator's office, maybe they can in touch with the consulate over there, the hospital may give a better effort if they get a call or visit from the State Department.

 

Just a thought.

 

Good luck.

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Tom, thoughts and prayers on the way. +

Consider calling your congressman or senator, maybe they can in touch with the consulate over there, the hospital may give a better effort if they get a call from the state department.

Just a thought.

Good luck.

 

Good call on the consulate. I am also looking into medical flights. I do have to give the cruise line a little credit, they are really doing a lot to help my mom including room and flights when he can travel.

 

 

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Thoughts and prayers sent.

 

Also, check their medical insurance. Some policies have worldwide coverage for emergencies, they will most likely have to lay out the cash in the foreign land but it could be reimbursable.

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Hope your dad makes a speedy recovery, be it here or there. I would think any leave of absence you want to take would be covered up the Family Leave Act. Should be a no brainer for your company.

 

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave.

 

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Tom, thoughts and prayers on the way. +

Consider calling your congressman or senator's office, maybe they can in touch with the consulate over there, the hospital may give a better effort if they get a call or visit from the State Department.

Just a thought.

Good luck.

 

Thoughts and prayers sent.

Also, check their medical insurance. Some policies have worldwide coverage for emergencies, they will most likely have to lay out the cash in the foreign land but it could be reimbursable.

 

Yeah, we are on this. All this started Saturday when no one was around. At least with yesterday being Monday we can contact people. I am also looking into if there is possible coverage for an air ambulance just to get him home and to his doctors.

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Tom, I'm sorry to hear that, truly a nightmare when there is so little you can do being so far away :b: Thoughts and prayers sent....

 

 

TimS

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