Our $32,000+ Honeymoon in Paris for only $2,000! – Paris Day 7; Emily’s Allergic Reaction and our Last Day in Paris

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Last Day in Paris

Emily’s Last Breakfast in Paris

Emily Jablon:  On Saturday, we met my friend Sesk from Spain for breakfast at our hotel.  Sesk had a bowl of fruit from the buffet, and Daraius and I had the American breakfast.

Daraius:  This was our last day at the Park Hyatt, so I decided to have one last glass of the mango juice and scrambled eggs.  I told the waiter that Sesk wasn’t staying in our room and to give us a check for his bowl of fruits, but when we got the bill, the bowl of fruits was listed, but there was no charge for it.

Last Day in Paris

Daraius’ Breakfast (Scrambled Eggs)

Emily Jablon:  After breakfast we walked down the streets near the Park Hyatt, and went for lunch in a Parisian café in a romantic square (Place du Marché Saint Honoré) filled with restaurants and shops about 10 minutes from the hotel. There was even a food truck with American food and a line of about 25 people waiting to try it!

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Everyone Loves Food Trucks

I had a diabolo menthe (a sweet mint drink, which is a mixture of mint syrup and lemonade & which is delicious!)

Last Day in Paris

Emily’s Diablo Menthe

Daraius ordered foie gras for his starter, then orange duck with honey sauce for the main course.

I ordered a ravioli dish with a white cheesy sauce and had a glass of wine to drink.  My pasta was excellent but very filling—some of the best food I had in France!

Daraius:  I didn’t think my food was that tasty, but Emily liked it.

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Orange Duck with Honey

For dessert, I ordered a crème brulee and Daraius ordered chocolate mousse.

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Waiting for our Lunch with our Friend Sesk

After lunch, we went back to the hotel to pack and check-out of the hotel.  I finished packing our bags, and then we went downstairs to check out at around 4:00 pm.  While Daraius was checking out, I started feeling very weak and dizzy.  I immediately told Sesk to get Daraius, because I was too scared of walking to him & passing out along the way.

Sesk told Daraius, and Daraius got a very serious look on his face.  He immediately came to my side and asked what was wrong.  I told him how I felt and thought I might be having an allergic reaction.  By that time, I started feeling tingly on my arms and had stomach cramps.

Daraius and I always carry our medicine pack with us, so he injected me with the Epi-Pen, and gave me the medicines which he always carries for me.

Daraius:  This is my worst nightmare while traveling.  Emily has an extremely severe allergy to fish and passed out on the street in Madrid, went into anaphylactic shock, and had to be hospitalized the last time we were travelling together in Europe.

But fortunately, we were still in the hotel.  I told the front desk clerk, who looked slightly startled at first, but immediately called for an ambulance and the duty manger.  I then went by Emily and jabbed her with the Epi Pen and went through our emergency protocol which we have written down and always carry in our emergency allergy kit.

Emily Jablon:  The hotel staff took me to a private seating area in the lobby, and then asked if we needed a doctor or a ride to the hospital.  They called for an ambulance and about 10 minutes later 3 burly fireman stormed in.  They took my vitals (all normal), and asked me lots of questions, with the staff at the hotel translating.

Daraius:  We were in the breakfast area which was empty in the afternoon.  The staff turned on the electric blinds so that folks passing by in the lobby wouldn’t be able to see in.  The duty manager and another manager were both very attentive and even called the restaurant we ate in to find out the ingredients in Emily’s lunch.

Emily Jablon:  By that time my symptoms were going away, and I started to feel much better.  The firemen asked if I wanted to go to the hospital, but I declined.  Instead, the hotel staff called for a doctor, just to make sure everything was okay before our long trip back home.

Daraius:  The hotel staff asked if we wanted to call for a doctor.  Since Emily was feeling much better and her vitals were normal, we decided to call the doctor to the hotel instead of going to the hospital.  Our flight was later that evening and we wanted to make sure everything would be all right.  The fireman made Emily sign a release indicating that she declined transport to the hospital!

Emily Jablon:  After an hour of waiting, the doctor came and checked me out.  Despite arriving on a scooter (to beat the traffic), he had his hair neatly combed, and wore a jacket with a pocket scarf.  We told him what happened and all of the medicine Daraius gave me.

He said that I had a mild allergic reaction and the immediate medication likely helped reverse the reaction.  He advised me to take another dose of medicine before bed, but said that I was okay to travel back to the US!

Daraius:  One of the great benefits of medical care outside the US, is that doctors make house calls and that medical care is much, much cheaper than in the US.  We paid 200 euros for the doctor’s urgent visit to the hotel to examine Emily.  In Spain, the ambulance ride and overnight stay in the ER was only 150 euros.

The last time, Emily visited her allergy specialist in the US, she paid a $45 co-pay and the insurance company paid about $130 for a 20 minute visit in the doctor’s office.

The Park Hyatt’s response to Emily’s allergy was superlative and extremely efficient, and I am very grateful to the staff for the kindness and help afforded to us.

Emily Jablon:  Everyone was very happy that I was okay, and I’m so thankful Daraius takes such good care of me!  We got in a cab, dropped Sesk off to take the train back to Spain, and then went to the airport.  It was sad to leave Paris…I will never forget our time here and how wonderful it was!

We will return, and next time I will speak more French – other than hello, goodbye, yes, no, and thank you!

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36 responses to “Our $32,000+ Honeymoon in Paris for only $2,000! – Paris Day 7; Emily’s Allergic Reaction and our Last Day in Paris

  1. Glad she’s alright. I came to know the French healthcare system all too well when I lived in Paris … not to get too political, but if there’s any place I could choose to become ill while traveling, it’s France.

  2. Glad that Emily’s ok and, for the record, Germany’s not a bad place to get ill either. Also wanted to mention that I love all of Emily’s dresses in these posts!

  3. what was in the ravioli?!?!?!

    • @AK @jm @W Brian Duncan (AKA IPBrian) – Thanks! I was glad she was okay, and I was actually making mental plans of how to extend our stay and change our flights if we had to.

      @Steve – It was beef, so the allergy was likely due to cross contamination while preparing or serving the food.

  4. That’s quite a memorable & unfortunate way to end a holiday. I’m glad she’s okay. Has she ever tried seeing a Naturopathic Dr? They’re a bit more common on the west coast, but they are much better equipped to handle food allergies than the 2 min power session with a Western doc.

  5. Glad to hear that Emily is okay!

  6. In this case, I wonder if it makes sense to buy travel health insurance when traveling overseas. For our recent trip to Peru and Chile, we paid about $30 for TravelWhimsy’s mom to cover the 11 days, just in case of any altitude sickness. Some health insurance plans provided by employers also cover care received overseas.

  7. It’s Diabolo, not Diablo.

  8. Glad to hear it turned out alright!

  9. “The fireman made Emily sign a release indicating that she declined transport to the hospital!”

    This is standard practice in the US as well. You’d be surprised what some people try to pull…

  10. So happy Emily recovered quickly! You both are adorable. I love the way Emily’s Diablo Menthe matched her dress.

  11. So you know, the 200 euros you paid for a doctor house – call is not the usual price . A regular house call, with your regular doctor (the one you usually are linked to in your town ) will be close to 40 or 50 euros, depending on day/night. Your hotel called SOS Médecins (SOS doctors in english ) which is an emergency solution, used for people having no affiliated doctor in France or if your usual doctor is not available. They are available 24/7, and it’s pretty handy, though really expensive compared to other options .

    • @Frank – Actually we visited a Naturopathic doc for Emily’s back when we were in Chicago, and Emily found her much better than the alternative. But we haven’t visited one for her allergy.

      @Jimgotkp @Charles [email protected] M. – Thanks!

      @Jimmy @TravelByPoints – That’s a good point, and we do carry emergency evacuation and treatment insurance when we travel.

      @Pat+ – Thanks! I made the change.

      @Ethan – Off topic, but I’m curious to learn more about the waiver besides the obvious lawsuits?

      @vincentb89 – Thanks for confirming. I wasn’t expecting a doctor summoned to the Park Hyatt to cost as much as a regular doctor’s visit. Especially since his visit cost more than the emergency room stay in Spain!

  12. Thanks for the warm wishes everyone! I was happy I was okay too!

  13. @Daraius: Really that’s it. The waiver is just to prevent back end lawsuits when someone declines care then worsens for some reason, then tries to say the ambulance didn’t or wouldn’t take them to the hospital.

    Back on topic, really enjoying the TR (makes me want to go back to Paris), and glad Emily was ok! Allergic reactions can be scary, I imagine more so overseas.

  14. Daraius,

    Great trip report and I’m glad the honeymoon ended safe and sound. I really like the interplay of your thoughts with Emily’s, especially when dining out or visiting attractions. Keep up the good work!

  15. I’m digging Sesk. He’s looking sesky.

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  17. Glad Emily was okay. That is some serious reaction. I thought I had it bad when I came down with Delhi Belly in India. Your friend from Spain looks a bit like Robert De Niro.

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  19. Hi

    I’m just curious what medicine you guys carry for allergy attacks as we have the same issue.

  20. My wife is allergic to a bunch of stuff too, and we really need to get an EpiPen to go with her asthma inhalers.

    Glad Emily was Ok though.

  21. @ jason and Ken- I recommend going to an allergy specialist so he/she can recommend which medicines you should take and prescribe them for you. We have prednisone, benadryl, and 6 Epi-Pens. We also carry the benadryl and prednisone in liquid form in case it’s difficult for me to swallow a pill after a reaction.

    I carry 2 Epi-Pens in my purse at all times, and Daraius carries the emergency allergy kit with back-up Epi-Pens, prednisone, benadryl, and the doctor’s instructions on the steps to take and appropriate dosage.

    We only started doing this in the past year or two…but since we started doing it, we’ve had to use the emergency kit twice. It’s good measure to be prepared. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  22. @Emily – What’s your email? I don’t want to clog this post or bug Daraius about it.

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  24. Ken, Just email Daraius and include my name in the salutation. He can forward me the email. Thanks!

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