Lisbon adventure #1

1-pickp-001Lisbon: we were having a ball.  Different, amazing buildings; windy, cobbled lanes; tiny yellow trams squeezing through cramped mediaeval streets, shops with never-seen-before stuff that’s hard to resist.  History at every turn.  And here comes one of those delightful No 28 trams.  Will we catch it?  Absolutely.  Where’s it going?  Who cares! (more…)

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Dialysis and Travel Insurance

About a year ago, Julie and I went to Hong Kong for two weeks, on holiday.  Unfortunately, I slipped and banged my fistula, which had recent surgery.  At first, I thought I had ruptured it.  But soon after I saw a nephrologist, and he reassured us that it was only bruised.  Nevertheless, we both felt traumatised and decided to cut our holiday short.

This meant cancelling a few days at the hotel, (we had pre-paid) and a flight to China.  We presumed that these changes would cost, but we had travel insurance, so we were hopeful that it would soften the blow. (more…)

Arranging International Travel Dialysis

1-Guilin1I’ve decided to try another trip to China, as part of a business trip.  My last effort ended badly, when I tripped on slippery tiles on a Hong Kong footpath and fell on my fistula.  It scared the hell out of Julie and me, thinking I had a life-threatening injury in a foreign country, at risk of bleeding to death where I fell.  Luckily we were already on the way to a hospital around the corner for dialysis, and more luckily, they found I had bruised but not ruptured the fistula.  All was well, but the doctor suggested we delay our trip to Beijing.  We cut the trip short and came home.

Well, here it is, almost 2 years later and Julie and I are ready to line up again.  This time, we plan to go to both China and Europe for a few weeks in April/May.  We will start with a direct flight from Melbourne to Beijing, stay about 5 days, and then fly to London to do some work and catch up with our No. 2 son. (more…)