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04 Jan 2016 04:49 PM | ADSHG in Real life emergency experiences
In this section we feature real-life experiences of emergencies, contributed by members of the ADSHG. Here, our members describe how they coped with severe illnesses or accidents. In addition, we often ask a medical adviser to the ADSHG to comment on the experiences of our members, and where necessary, to offer suggestions as to what the individual might have done differently.
27 Jun 2016 02:53 PM | ADSHG in Real life emergency experiences
Bob had been well for five years since his Addison's diagnosis, but went into adrenal crisis following uncomplicated dental treatment, when his steroid-dependence meant he was unable to mount a normal physiological response to a vasavagal faint.
12 Jun 2016 07:31 PM | ADSHG in Real life emergency experiences
At 17, Duncan wasn’t sure that he really wanted to go on holiday with his mum and dad, but cheap flights from Newcastle and the promise of an escape from some particularly dreary Scottish weather meant the three of us were off for a relaxing week in Tenerife. We reflected on how chilled we felt as we waited in the airport lounge for our return flight, not realising what was ahead.
12 Jun 2016 06:44 PM | ADSHG in Real life emergency experiences
Liz's condition had been unstable since her Addison's diagnosis, and she experienced her first episode of adrenal crisis within a year of being diagnosed. On that occasion, there were distressing delays to her treatment. After that awful experience she registered her steroid-dependence with the ambulance trust. The next time she developed a gastric infection and needed to dial 999, it was a happier story.