Saturday, December 8, 2012

When the kids get sick while you are away


The final UN meeting for this year is over. No dramas or strange events, we went through our agenda fairly quickly and decided to meet again in January next year. After a quick stop at the Village Market food court, we brought some delicious Italian food with us to the office house for an early dinner. My colleague P had to fly back to Mogadishu the following day and I had just changed my ticket to catch the red-eye back to Dubai around midnight.
When I left Dubai on Tuesday morning, Elias had a high temperature and felt unwell. After a few trips back and forth to the nearby clinic, they finally decided to do an X-ray and it showed a quite severe pneumonia.  As he didnt respond well to the oral medication, hubby decided to take him to the ER late Wednesday evening where they decided to keep him for observation for at least 48 hours. In general, here in Dubai they seem to be more prone to admit people a few extra days  rather than sending them home, and I cannot argue with that, as I rather have my son under medical surveillance for a few days, to make sure he is recovering properly. Husband and son have now spent two nights at the City hospital and I just arrived yesterday morning and headed straight to the hospital. Elias has his own room and the best thing is of course the gigantic flat screen TV hanging on the wall. The bathroom reminds me more of a hotel  with complementary shower gel, body lotion, tooth brush and tooth paste. The tiled floors are very far away from the typical sterile plastic floors we have in the Swedish hospitals. During the weekends, they bring a menu where you can order breakfast and lunch. Downstairs is a large cafeteria and a gift shop with lots of soft toys and magazines.

Husband is in the middle of his upgrade and had to postpone one of his final simulator tests since I was in Kenya. The thought crossed my mind several times, what if he had been gone on a flight? However, tons of mail and messages came in during the day from lovely friends and neighbours, offering their help and when you are far away from family and especially on a silly business trip and not even present, this means the world to you.

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  1. Hoppas han kryar på sej snart. Skönt med vänner som kan hjälpa till!

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    1. Tack!! Ja det betyder sa mycket och vi ar lyckligt lottade!

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  2. Åh, hoppas att han mår bättre nu! Skönt att han är/var i goda händer :) Jobbigt att vara bortrest när någon i familjen är sjuk.. Är det allmän sjukvård eller måste man ha försäkringar? Vi tittar numera seriöst på en veckan semester till Dubai :) Troligen i början av Mars då maken fyller jämt. Eller är det bättre att åka i januari/februari? Vi velar lite ;) Ha det så bra! Kram

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    1. Ja det ar battre och han har fatt komma hem idag (sondag). Man blir ju extra orolig nar man inte ar narvarande sjalv! Vi har forsakring genom makens jobb (det finns ingen allman sjukvard har, vad jag vet, kanske om man ar Emirati). Mars ar en bra manad, januari ar lite kallt fortfarande (enligt oss) men fram till april sa ar det perfekt har!! Vad roligt!!! Kram!

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  3. Å så jobbigt!! Hopas attElias snart får komma hem igen! Och visst är det hemskt när ens barn blir sjukt. Då vill man finnas till hands nära. Och du, tur att din man var hemma när det hände.
    Stor kram!!!

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    1. Tack!! Ja han fatt komma hem idag (sondag) sa det ar skont. Alla mojliga scenarior gick genom mitt huvud (ska sluta se pa Greys och House hahaha) och man kanner sig sa maktlos! Ja det var tur att maken fanns hemma och vi har fatt sa manga meddelanden fran grannar och vanner ocksa sa det kanns valdigt skont att de finns!!
      Kram!!!

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