macca22au Posted February 1, 2019 Share Posted February 1, 2019 To all of us ancients who still like to travel: my wife and I are each 79yrs of age. Over recent years as my heart has got worse, we have confined ourselves to travel in Australia and NZ where public health schemes are reciprocal and Travel Insurance is thereby affordable. (The USA is a total no-no). My wife is fit and active, so the understanding is that if anything happened it would be to me. We left from Sydney on a cruise around NZ and back to Sydney. Six days into the cruise after near perfect weather we found ourselves in Wellington, where my wife took seriously ill. Suddenly I was the carer! Being a cruise line we were quickly dumped ashore, tho to be fair the on-board medical help was good, and an ambulance took her to the local hospital and the Port Agent fixed up accommodation close to the hospital for me. But walking up and down slopes I found very hard, but fortunately we have many relatives in NZ. My wife’s niece flew up from Christchurch and probably saved my life, and fetched and carried for both of us. Six days later we arrived in Brisbane flying directly from NZWN, we were met by our doctor daughter who immediately had her admitted to a local hospital. I am staying with daughter and son-in-law but we’re still 60 miles from home. Some costs have not stopped...as well as the killing worry. Moral: don’t assume that it is the unhealthy partner who will take sick. My wife’s condition is not life threatening but I can’t risk it happening again. I am simply unable to give her the help she needed. Long distance travel is out. Standby for endless screenshots. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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