Re: [IP] with SSP, it's always an adventure....
Wow Sara. What a way to spend your holiday in Europe.
I'm glad you are ok.
UK Mum to Jessica, (11 yrs), Congenital Hyperinsulinism (CHI), pancreas
removed at birth, pumping Medtronic VEO with full time sensors. Also takes
digestive enzymes (Creon 25000). Under UCLH, the bestest hospital in the UK
with fantastic care and support, also under GOSH for the CHI
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From: S. Falconer
Cc: Jan Chait ; Liz Davis ; email @ redacted
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:09 AM
Subject: [IP] with SSP, it's always an adventure....
So, a little trip report for ya.... Just back from 16 days
in France and Italy. 4 days in Paris, doing the tourist thang AGAIN
along with the hordes...bleah. Then a train down to the Cote d'Azur for
a couple days in a little place called Cap d'Ail, near Monaco. Then 4
days in Ventimiglia, Italy...Then, last monday, this massive headache
hits. I think I am having a migraine and my sugars had been running a bit
so i take some tylenol and stay
out of the sun for a day. Tuesday it is worse, so my friend brought me
to her Italian doctor, who gave me some codeine/ibuprofen - basically
tylenol 3. No charge for doctor visit, $15 for prescription.
Wednesday, I was no better, but I headed back to Nice, and stopped in a
pharmacy. The pharmacist sold me codeine with caffeine over the
counter, no prescription - i love europe. Thursday, 4th day of head
ache, I was feeling better so I went to the beach, where I quickly
sank...couldn't sit up, nauseous, short of breath and the headache from
hell, like an ice pick to the eye...or for those of you who have had
laser to the retina...yeah, JUST like that. STABBING and throbbing...so
the life guard called the firemen (slurp) and they thought maybe there
was something up with my thyroid cuz my eye was red and a bit puffy
So, they hoisted me off the beach (250 stairs up to the street)
in a chair, a la Cleopatra, stopping along the way to let me take a
photo of their biceps.....I was whisked off to Princess Grace Hospital
in Monaco, where i was told in French, I had acute glaucoma and needed
laser surgery but they couldn't do it til I stopped writhing in
pain...Sooooo, they admitted me, shot me full of IV drugs all night to
bring the pressure in my right eye down (it was 45!!!!). Friday
morning, I am feeling much better and can hold still, do they laser
three small holes in my iris...I feel water pouring down my
cheek...Instant Relief. Pressure is now 11 iin both eyes.
morning, I went back to the beach and picked up my vacation. Just got
back to the states on Monday....Won't be home til the 8th, but my eye
doc in Tucson says everything sounds par....So what caused THIS, i am
wondering. I don't have glaucoma, or hadn't and I just saw my retina
guy!! I have had two vitrectomies and a cataract, but the French
doctor said this was not related.....Fun fun fun.....
The nurses and
doctors let me manage my own diabetes...never even considered hooking me
up to a saline drip, let me administer my own bolus' - had fun doing
the math for mg to mmol conversion, and were basically very impressed at
how flat lined i was keeping my blood sugars. definitely higher than
normal, but no bounces, which is the way I prefer it.....
So what did YOU do on your summer vacation???
Sara Smarty Pants
Type One Diabetes Does Not Win - see THIS for living proof!
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