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Real life emergency experiences


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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.



  

Blues and twos from the dentist

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.



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A sky-high crisis

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.



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Delayed treatment at A&E

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.



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An untimely death

04 Jan 2016 04:56 PM | ADSHG in Real life emergency experiences

Niki describes how her friend, Justin Watkis, found it difficult to accept that he was dependent on steroid medication. Sadly, he collapsed and died between three and five days after running out of hydrocortisone.



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Emergency injections: personal stories

09 Sep 2016 02:22 PM | ADSHG in Real life emergency experiences

The ADSHG has produced a video to hear first hand from our members and their families about their own experiences of giving an emergency injection during an adrenal crisis.



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