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Study abroad student appendicitis/surgery

2mrmagoo2mrmagoo Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
Just a quick ask if anyone has info on:
a) websites/ways to find cheap airfare for last minute flight to Paris- son has appendicitis will have surgery in morning
b) recovery time for surgery?

thx in advance

Replies to: Study abroad student appendicitis/surgery

  • UndercrackersUndercrackers Registered User Posts: 783 Member
    b) depends upon whether it ruptured or not. H was in the hospital for a week because his had. He was very weak for a week or so after that. My brother had his appendix out when he was a teen, but I have to assume his did NOT rupture as he went on a Boy Scout weekend hike a couple of weeks later (I think he didn't wind up carrying a pack - they spread his stuff out among the other scouts, I believe).

    Yikes - good luck to you all!
  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 4,288 Senior Member
    What city can you fly from?
  • 2mrmagoo2mrmagoo Registered User Posts: 277 Junior Member
  • rosered55rosered55 Registered User Posts: 4,288 Senior Member
    edited February 15
    The least expensive flights (but none available tonight) seem to be on Icelandair. I suggest calling the airline, explaining the situation, and asking if you can book a ticket and be put on standby for the earliest flight tomorrow.

    I hope all goes well for your son and you. Does the study abroad program have someone on site in Paris to help your son and communicate with you?
  • momo2x2018momo2x2018 Registered User Posts: 569 Member
    there is a flight tomorrow (6am) on alaskair arrives sunday 7:20am one way $639
    Paris- Seattle $533 one way
    Round trip 2/16 - 2/22 $987 (long layovers)

    Looking at skyscanner.com
  • MassmommMassmomm Registered User Posts: 3,781 Senior Member
    Call a travel agent. Seriously. We had to do this when our daughter had a bowel obstruction in Provence a few years ago. She got us on a flight, booked a hotel and a car in no time.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Registered User Posts: 25,943 Senior Member
    edited February 15
    b) depends upon whether it ruptured or not. H was in the hospital for a week because his had.


    OTOH, D's appendix ruptured on a Thursday, spent one night in the hospital, was back in class the following Wed if I recall.

    Good luck.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 9,948 Senior Member
    edited February 16
    D1 developed acute appendicitis when she was 3rd med student. She had surgery around 3 am Sunday, was discharged by 2 pm Sunday and went on psych grand rounds at 8am Monday morning.

    The IM intern who had an appendectomy immediately after D1 (there were 5 acute appendicitis cases in the ER that day--the med student and med resident let everyone else go ahead of them for surgery) had his appendix rupture right before surgery. He was hospitalized for 1 day for post-surgery observation and was back at work before the end of the week.

    And do call a travel agent if you have one that you've used before. There are special family emergency fare rates and seats available.

    Hang in there.
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,877 Senior Member
    @2mrmagoo Best of luck, hope all falls into place for you and your son. I'm sure he'll appreciate having you there even if he doesn't admit it :)
  • Parentof2014gradParentof2014grad Registered User Posts: 866 Member
    Thinking of you and your son today, OP. My D got very sick on a study abroad a year ago. She didn’t need hospitalization, but if she had I would have been on a plane. It was still scary and hard to be far away. We had a visit planned and another friend was there the week before us so she had some support, after the worst was over, and it was a relief to see her and see in person she was ok after having been so sick. I wish I had been there to bring her food and take care of her during the worst of it.

    You’ll need to work with the study abroad program/foreign university and stay on top of any requirements as far as missing class. In my D’s country (not France) there were hard limits on attendance and missed class, for any reason. A medical excuse was needed but only helpful to a point. She missed a week on doctor’s orders, after struggling through for at least two or three weeks before that, and any more would have cost her all her credits for the semester.

    Save every medical receipt and all the paperwork. The medical insurance we had through D’s program covered every penny, but we had to pay up front and then D had to send in copies of all the paperwork. We were reimbursed very quickly. It was cheaper than if she’d gotten sick here in the US. If there is a handbook from the program that covers medical care, read every word.
  • mathmommathmom Registered User Posts: 31,605 Senior Member
    @2mrmagoo best wishes for a speedy recovery for your son. Europe is much more generous about recovery times. My BIL came down with appendicitis Christmas Eve, and was back with us Christmas Day.

    I know how scary it is, our kid called us from a study abroad in Jordan, asking how high your temperature should be before you head for the emergency room. It was 103 and we told him to go. He did eventually. They had no idea what he had, but luckily he recovered quickly. We never saw a bill for anything.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 40,108 Senior Member
    I hope that you landed and all is well.
  • aquaptaquapt Registered User Posts: 1,713 Senior Member
    Wow. That's pretty... hands-off... on the part of the program. (And the homestay host.)
    How long will you be able to stay?

    My daughter is in Paris this semester too, and I feel like her program would be much more on top of things if something like were to happen. They actually had a couple of students in the YMCA student foyer that was right next door to that gas explosion in the bakery last month - thankfully no students were hurt but they had to be relocated, and the staff definitely stepped up and took care of things. I hope and assume they would do the same if someone were ill.

    I would definitely give feedback to the study abroad office at your son's home institution, once the crisis has passed. Glad your son is okay.
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