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Old 29.07.2015, 15:51
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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

Just an update: I saw my endocrinologist today and my values made a miraculous recovery in only 4 weeks. My T4 went from well over 100 (too high to test) to 9.9, so well in the normal range and my T3 went from over 20 (again, too high to test accurately) to 6.3, which is still slightly elevated, but nowhere near to what it was before. So I still have a mild case of hyperthyroidism, but at least I seem to be responding well to the treatment.

As for my other symptoms, he told me joint pain can be a side effect of the medication (=Carbimazole) I'm taking, even though it's rare. But he never heard of it causing inflammation of the joints.

Anyway, I no longer have to take Propranolol (=beta blocker) and I get to lower my dosage of Carbimazole by half, which is already a huge relief! And this morning, I finally felt a little bit better (even before receiving the good news), but I'm still on anti-inflammatory drugs. If the rheumatologist won't find anything weird in my blood, we will probably stop those too and see how I respond to the new dosage of Carbimazole.

Tomorrow my husband will talk to his manager, to see whether they can work something out in regards to the holidays he has been taking to take care of me and our baby. But I will discuss with my GP to see what my options are, just in case.

A dirty house doesn't bother me as much as me not being able to care for my own baby. But it might be nice to have some help as long as I'm still recovering. And my husband could really use a break, since he's been doing pretty much everything in the household for the past month and a half, after coming home from a long day of work. Poor guy...
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Old 29.07.2015, 18:32
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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

Really happy to hear this! Jippie!

Interesting is that your Dr says the side effect of joint pain is rare. That is actually listed as a common side effect of that drug.....
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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

I am so sorry to read about your situation! Well done for going for help!
Here are several ideas:

1. You could try phoning the churches (eglises) in your area and asking there. Just keep asking them to let you speak to someone about Baby. And then say you are sick and need help. You don’t need to be part of their belief system (nor poor) to ask for help. Here is a the google of the search “English church Geneva”https://www.google.ch/search?q=eglises+geneve#q=english+church+geneva
Particularly, in Switzerland the Salvation Army provides (or knows about) a lot of social services. You could start here: http://www.servethecitygeneva.ch/salvation-army-meals/

2. You could put Baby in your arms or in the buggy, and knock on every door in your building, especially during the daytime, (or ask your husband to do so when he comes home, also best carrying Baby in his arms) and ask your immediate neighbours if they know of someone who could help you.
3. Another option would be to ask at the nearest pharmacy. You are probably going there, anyway, to buy your medication (or could, if you don’t get it from your doctor) and the pharmacies can be a wealth of information about help-and-health services, since, in one way or another, most of their clients need something out of this broad spectrum.
4. Similarly, the closest Kindergarten to you has a teacher who knows many parents, many of whom have children younger than those in her class.
5. Does Baby have a paediatrician? You could ask him/her.
6. Or did you have contact with a midwife? If you have not yet met a midwife in Switzerland, you could try here: http://genevalunch.com/2012/01/29/childbirth-classes-for-non-french-speakers/
The particular event mentioned there is long over, but the organisations still exist.
Here is a list of midwives in and around Geneva:
http://www.hebamme.ch/fr/elt/heb/dir.cfm?md=kt&kt=ge

7. Here’s the Geneva area part of the Red Cross that helps with children:http://www.croix-rouge-ge.ch/?page=chaperon-rouge---garde-d-enfants-a-domicile-3

8. Here is the part of Caritas (a charitable organisation) which deals with helping people who are ill: http://www.caritasge.ch/p107001363.html
9. And this seems to be an umbrella organisation or at least a list of links to groups that help immigrant women: http://www.f-information.org/liens
10. Finally, here is the Parents’ Hotline, for any parent in need, unable to adequately care for or deal with their children: http://yellow.local.ch/fr/d/Geneve/1202/SOS/Allo-Parents-ywBKOuNJPqprEyDCFdwg6A

I’d like to encourage you to ask, and not be afraid of being told: “Sorry, we can’t help you, but perhaps someone at this number could.” It may take a few phonecalls to find someone who can give you the kind of help you need and want.

And you’d need to know what you think you’d like. Someone to do the housework and the laundry so you can spend the little energy you have with Baby? Someone to care for Baby while you sleep? Someone to wash your hair in your own home? Or just to drink a cuppa tea with you? Someone to shop for you or take you shopping? Or to come by and help you place an online shopping order (see www.leshop.ch for Migros products or www.coopathome.ch for Coop products) and/or to be there when it is delivered, and unpack the lot? Someone to take you out for a walk, or a coffee, and push the pram for you?

Remember that you are always free, of course, to change your mind about what it is you need, and to ask for something else. And to send any helper away who doesn’t make you feel better.

Don’t worry if your French isn’t good enough. You can ask to speak English. You can also say: “J’ai un bébé. Je suis très malade.” Those words should get anyone’s attention.

If you don’t feel you have the energy to make these enquiries, perhaps you could ask your mother to work her way through the list.


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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

Sorry about the formatting in my previous post... tried in vain to fix it.
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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

I hope you get better soon and out of this situation to take care of your baby.

I suggest you call your insurance and check how much they pay towards "Home help/ Home attendant" and "Home care/ home nanny"? Many or most of the insurances pay amounts ranging from CHF 30, 60, 80 or 100 a day for a max 30-60 days a year, depending upon the cover you have.

Get well soon!
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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

Financing for Spitex is explained here:

http://www.spitex.ch/NPO-Spitex/Tarife/P8d7P/

At issue is whether the care needed falls under 'Kassenpflichtige Leistungen' or 'Nicht Kassenpflichtige Leistungen'. If Kassenpflichtige, insurance picks up a per hour price as detailed; the rest, after the patient pays a maximum per hour price, might be picked up by the Gemeinde. If not Kassenpflichtige the basic insurance does not cover it, you pay the full cost - unless you have a supplemental insurance policy that specifically covers such situations.

People in receipt of AHV or IV have special considerations.

Click on the appropriate links for more information. See especially the downloads under Kassenpflichtige Leistungen, as how costs are handled seems to vary across cantons.


ETA:

I keep forgetting to switch to French, sorry.

http://www.spitex.ch/NPO-Spitex/Tarife/P8d7P/?lang=fr

The terms you want are 'Prestations à la charge des caisses maladie' for those situations where the basic insurance might contribute, and 'Prestations qui ne sont pas à la charge des caisses maladie' for those where supplemental insurance or self pay apply.
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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

When I had my second baby via c section I was advised not to lift anything heavier than my new born. that was a problem because my 1.5 year old wasn't walking and was dependent on me plus I was living on the second floor at the time. I was recommended the two following places that help out parents who are ill and need help with children:

https://www.entlastungsdienst.ch/zuerich/

http://www.zuerichfamilie.ch/N96833/...on-zurich.html

I managed to have my mother come over in time so never used their services. they do charge something but it's usually according to how much you earn so it shouldn't be too much.

Edit: I just saw you live in geneva so I would suggest asking your gemeinde if such a similar organization exists locally. the second link is of an organization that provides people trained by the swiss Red Cross so geneva probably has something as well.

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Re: Advice needed: extremely ill and taking care of a 4.5 month old

Again another update... My blood shows signs of inflammation (is this correctly put in English?), but they still don't know what's causing it. The doctors suspects it's bacterial after all. They will give me 4 weeks of antibiotics, just in case.

My husband stayed at home for the whole week after all, after consulting with his manager. And I'll be leaving for the Netherlands soon, so I won't be needing help right away.

I would like to thank everyone again. Hopefully I will feel a lot better once I'm back and won't be needing any extra assistance. But all your reactions have been most helpful and now that I know what my options are, I tend to worry a lot less.
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