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Travel Insurance first hand feedback

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Our neighbour's father was taken seriously ill while abroad with his wife. After a long hospitalisation he died. His wife had stayed on to be with him and their son flew over to support her.

We have just spoken to him, at length, and he mentioned how brilliant the insurance company was through all the trauma. It was Saga.

They gave the family a liason officer and he took care of absolutely everything. He found a hotel closer to the hospital, arranged taxis where necessary, took care of all bills and the arrangements for repatriation of the body.

They do come top of the list of Which? recommended insurers. I have just tried them for a quote for Chris as we leave on Friday and they want £790 to cover him for a single trip of 80 odd days. That is with all his health issues covered. Staysure also got good reviews from Which? and they are cheaper at £545 for their comprehensive cover. Having had such a glowing report about Saga I am torn.
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After my wife had her heart operation the consultant advised her not to travel for a year.

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After my wife had her heart operation the consultant advised her not to travel for a year.
When doctors say "travel" do they mean flying though?

Don't you start me off worrying now!

Overall I think getting to the sun will do us both the world of good. Going through the questions on the travel insurance websites they seem to think that six weeks post heart op is the criteria for a green light to insure us.

I have insisted on a slow trip through Europe (might have to take a gun with me to point at the driver of course). I think I might attend the doctor's appointment with Chris tomorrow to make sure he is cleared to go. He tell me it is just to check on the drug change but who knows?
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My sister had a not-so-great experience with Saga when she damaged her leg with me in Spain in the spring.

They came good in the end, sending an escort to fly her home, but they had us hanging around (in hospital, very expensive, great food, but not necessary) for ages because they weren't good at communicating either with us or with the hospital.

I'm only saying this so you can balance against your other info.

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"When doctors say "travel" do they mean flying though?

Don't you start me off worrying now!"

I believe it is to do with the bones being stapled, they can take months to bond.

When I mentioned holidays, he advised that she should remain in the UK for at least 12 months to allow the healing process to take place. No heavy lifting whatsoever.
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We have just returned from the GP and he has been cleared to go! Just a routine blood test today which he will phone through to us if necessary. Phew!

Does your wife have low bone density Drew? Chris has been heavy lifting things for a while now. His op was at the end of June. He is careful how he does it though. He will use a sack barrow now when he would not have before. Mind you he is one to defy all the odds. No one ever believes he has a bad heart. Even the paramedics checked with me about how well he looked when all the machines showed he was having a heart attack!
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Great news Pat! When's the off-day?

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Iím not sure about heavy lifting following heart surgery

Need really to define heavy lifting

I hauled shadow out of the pond and over a wall one week following open heart surgery , not to be recommended, except ifyouarea 6 month old heavypup who canít swim thatwell

Went to rehab classes but I was already cleaning windows , no one told me I shouldnt

Albert has treated his damaged arm as normal

No molly coddling there in spite of numerous deep operations , and nerve damage

Even his lymphadeama is reversing

Iím not advocating refuse all advice

But that advice is general, not specific to the individual

So follow your own intuitive knowledge

But tailer it to you

Because as Alberts surgeon says

ďSome with much less surgery and nerve damage than you protect their arm until their handshake is useless ď

And with that small thing so many other things become useless

Me I rely on my bit of a cow who shares my heart

Gosh so many others share my heart as well

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Shortened version from discharge notes.


Returning to everyday activities. Lifting, domestic and gardening activities.

Your breastbone (sternum) is divided during the operation and takes about three months to heal. During this time it is important that you do not put too much strain through your chest or shoulders.

You must avoid heavy lifting, pushing and pulling for at least six weeks, you can then gradually increase amounts lifted. This means you should not be carrying heavy bags or saucepans, lifting young children, vacuuming, digging or mowing the lawn.

As a guide you can lift half a kettle of water, or equivalent, with one arm, so you can make a drink, boil an egg and so on. If you feel able, you can do light housework, such as washing up and dusting. You can start light gardening activities, such as weeding and pruning as soon as this comfortable.

When possible use both hands to lift an object (to split the load) and carry the item close to your body.

If you usually walk a dog on a lead, you will need to ask someone to accompany you to do this for the first six weeks.

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Gosh

Iím still here

Never had those discharge notes

I shouldnít really be here then

I probabally broke most rules

Not that I advocate it

Just listen to your body whilst you remember the rules

And if you hadnít dragged the heavy hound from the pond and over the wall a week after your op

You wouldnít have had to put up with the hound from hell for ten years

Let that be a lesson to you
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