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Going abroad on holiday with Addison's: how to prepare for an adrenal crisis in a foreign language.

A big worry that stops some people with Addison's from going on holiday is fear of an adrenal crisis. Well, not so much the crisis itself [same old, same old] but how you (or, more honestly, your family) is going to get useful help when they don't speak the local language. 

Fortunately, the Society of Endocrinology has done a wonderful job of producing emergency cards [or pics for your mobile] in a range of foreign languages:

Dutch [for the only Hollander who doesn't speak English!]; Finnish; French; German; Greek; Italian; Norwegian; Polish; Romanian; Russian; Spanish; Swedish;Turkish; Urdu.

For details see

I hope others find this as useful as I did!

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  • 1941john 1941john Roddy999


    Thanks for putting out that v useful info.

    In 50 + years, I have had crises of one sort or the other in Australia, Mexico city, Antalya Turkey, Eger Hungary. I have found in each case that at least one of the medics spoke reasonable English, and quickly takes on board the fact that action needs to be taken. That may not be the case with other staff. Many of these doctors, particularly ones specialising in Endo problems have often spent time in a British Teaching Hospital. My wife, is usually good at explaining the situation if I am not very Compos Mentis! She has also landed up in various foreign hospitals over the years and has managed to talk with and understand the medics given her many (non-Endo) medical problems.

    The other important point is to make sure you take your Blue Card and a copy of your latest Prescription with you which helps to establish the facts (plus your EHIC card in Europe!).


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