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Monday, July 14, 2008

ER in Roma?

We are in Roma. Poor Allison diarrhea-d and vomited all the way across the Atlantic. She was doing better, but woke up in the night with hideous cramping. Appendicitis? Something worse? We didn-t know. Dave and I ran out in the night, found a cab, loaded Allison in, and headed to the hospital. We speak no Italian. The Italians at the hospital spoke no English. Fortunately, we hobbled together a dialogue with my (un peu de) French.

They ran blood tests on Allison and gave her IV fluids. Ends up she was still suffering from gastroenteritis. Thank you, Lord! The medical people at the hospital were so kind to us...and they didn-t even charge for the treatment! (Dave and I were joking that American hospitals would chase Italian tourists back home to Italy for payment!)

Guess what? I can-t find an apostrophe key at this internet cafe computer!

Allison is somewhat weak, but doing better. We-ll keep you updated...and we really are having a grand time. It-s off to Tuscany tomorrow....we have nixed the train idea, and Dave will be driving us in a rental car. Pray for us....or pray that maybe I can find a bit of red wine to take the edge off--ha!

5 comments:

Lisa & David said...

Lory,
Great to hear from you with your posting. But so sad to hear Allison is feeling so bad. Such terrible timing. Hey ... David and I want to do the same route you are doing, but don't see a route thru Rome for refueling anymore. Is there a secret for booking like you did? I'll call Susan Parr Agency today. We reeeeally want to do Tuscany too!!!!! It's our 20 year anniversary this year.

You should have picked up Amelia by now ... I have butterflies for you!

Hugs,
lisa

Lisa & David said...

Lory,

We meet "T" in 4 weeks from today. Our embassy date is Aug. 13th, but we want to do what you did, so I have a call into Susan Parr Agency now. We want to do Italy for 8 days, then fly to ET. But we meet her in 4 weeks I can't believe it.

Lisa

SDR said...

Poor Allison!!! You guys must have all been so scared. I'm so glad to hear she's ok. Have a great time in Rome, and keep blogging!

Lisa & David said...

Lory,
Don't bother responding to my previous comment .... Susan Parr agency is working with us and we are going to make this happen to stop in Italy.
HOpe you're having so much fun!
Lisa

gerilynn said...

Dave and Lory,
So good to hear about your journey. I have enjoyed your account of your trip so far. Very sorry that Allison was so sick!
You are in our thoughts and prayers! Can't wait to hear more!
God Bless!
Geri