Going to Poland!!!!

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Postby ErikaSlovakia » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:12 am

Brainteaser wrote:Hi All,

It's all happening quickly but I'm also booked in for Poland :D - for the week commencing 23 November. I'm ultra busy getting things together at the moment, but I'll give you a run-down in a day or 2.

Phil

I am so happy for you, Phil! :D
Good luck!
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Aug. 7, 09 Doppler Ultras. in Poland, left Jugul. valve problem, RRMS since 1996, now SPMS,
- Nov.3,09: one stent in the left jug. vein in Katowice, Poland, LDN, never on DMDs
- Jan. 19, 11: control venography in Katowice - negative but I feel worse
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Postby Pepe » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:48 am

UPDATING THE APPOINTMENTS:

Piotr Wenka, on Nov 9th
Brainsteaser, on week Nov 23th
Edser, on Nov 30th

Nees, on Dec 1st
Wonky, on Dec 7th
Sesj, on Dec 7th
Pepe, on Dec 8th
LR1234, on Dec 10th
Mutley, on Dec 15th and 16th

Sunlounger, on Jan 12th

Erika's messages have helped to me so much to organize the trip to Poland... that I am thinking about what can we do to help ourselves and to help the people who will be in the future in the waiting list of Dr. Simka ...maybe share practical information (fligths, hotels, restaurants, money, taxis and so on...)... maybe share the results of the examinations...

Any suggestion?

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Postby ErikaSlovakia » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:56 am

In case you have the procedure one day, take also Polish - English dictionary. I did not need it because my language is close to Polish and I had chance to learn some words in advance. All doctors speak English, nurses only Polish. I do not understand everything, but a lot.
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Aug. 7, 09 Doppler Ultras. in Poland, left Jugul. valve problem, RRMS since 1996, now SPMS,
- Nov.3,09: one stent in the left jug. vein in Katowice, Poland, LDN, never on DMDs
- Jan. 19, 11: control venography in Katowice - negative but I feel worse
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Postby mrhodes40 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:53 am

8O 8O 8O :D :D :D :!:

Wow you guys!! This is thrilling! I am less time on TIMS with other things but it is so exciting to come and read of these incredible developments.

I wish everyone well...
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Postby sunlounger » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:00 am

I am going to see Dr Simka on the 12th Jan.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/polish/
Basic phrases
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Postby zap » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:28 am

Same day as me @ Stanford! Good luck!
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Postby Sesj » Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:40 am

You forgot me!

I'm going the 7th of December too.

My husband was born in Warszaw and he still speaks Polish so we are lucky.
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Postby wonky1 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:01 pm

Nees on 1st, Wonky1 & Sesj on 7th, Pepe on 8th & LR1234 on the 10th.

Great, hope I get the chance to meet you all.

I found some nice hotels at www.staypoland.com and flights seem to be getting more affordable by the minute.
I haven't booked a flight home yet, as I'll book a flight home once I've had the procedure.

Wonky

:D
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Postby ErikaSlovakia » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:13 pm

wonky1 wrote:Nees on 1st, Wonky1 & Sesj on 7th, Pepe on 8th & LR1234 on the 10th.

Great, hope I get the chance to meet you all.

I found some nice hotels at www.staypoland.com and flights seem to be getting more affordable by the minute.
I haven't booked a flight home yet, as I'll book a flight home once I've had the procedure.

Wonky

:D

I am so happy for you all! :D
Say hi to all doctors and nurses from me, please.
I miss my holiday in Poland. I really had rest on the operation table after very long time.
I did not have to think, I did not have to organize , I did not have to work, I was not in rush, so many smart people around me I could rely on. I really enjoyed it. Oh, what a nice relax it was!
Erika
Aug. 7, 09 Doppler Ultras. in Poland, left Jugul. valve problem, RRMS since 1996, now SPMS,
- Nov.3,09: one stent in the left jug. vein in Katowice, Poland, LDN, never on DMDs
- Jan. 19, 11: control venography in Katowice - negative but I feel worse
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Postby Pepe » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:31 pm

DOCTORS

* Dr. Mariam Simka, Department of Angiology, Pszczyna, Poland
email: Marian Simka (mariansimka@poczta.onet.pl) Correspondence to Marian Simka, Department of Angiology, Pszczyna, Poland

* Dr. Ludyga is vascular surgeon

* Dr Hartel is radiologist from Zabrze

* Dr. Kazibudzki is vascular surgeon

* Dr. Świerad is interventional cardiologist

HOTELS

In Poland

http://www.staypoland.com/

In Katowice:

* Erika said:

"Hi, last time I stayed in Hotel Franz Josef - it is only 1 minute slow walking from the hospital. The price is around 42 Euro. Mikołowska 44 (street) 40-065 Katowice 32 204 52 08 - phone number
The waiter speaks English. Rooms are upstairs - no lift.
I made my reservation in English with Mr. Krzysztof Bukowiec:
KrzysztofBukowiec@maestral.pl
In case I go there next time, I will also go to this hotel."

In Tychy:

* Erika stayed at: http://hotelarena.com.pl/arena/index_en.php

In Pszczyna:

* Fatima stayed at: http://www.hotelzamkowy.eu/en/home

* Pepe booked in: http://www.hotelpiaskowy.pl/en/index.html

TRANSPORTS

* Fligths to Katowize: http://wizzair.com/Default.asp?slid=clear&language=EN&

* Train timetable: http://rozklad-pkp.pl/?q=en/node/143

* Bus timetable of Krakow: http://www.rda.krakow.pl/en/index.php?id=1

* Ana said: "Polish taxis are a lot more cheaper than in Germany (and probably in Ireland). Driving to the hospital only coasted for me about 3,20 Euros (4 Zlotys equals 1 Euro). Moreover the taxi drivers are nice, honest and on time."

* Erika said: "I went to Zabrze -from katowize- by Taxi - the price is 80 Zloty - about 20 Euro, it was 18 minutes, you can also take a train or bus"

LANGUAGE

* Erika recomends: "In case you have the procedure one day, take also Polish - English dictionary...because... All doctors speak English... but nurses only Polish."

* Basic phrases in Polish: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/polish/

MONEY

* Exchange rate:

1EUR=4,14Slotych
1GBP=4,60Slotysh
1USD=2,79Slotysh

* Information about E112 Form: http://www.eccdublin.ie/publications/le ... health.pdf

POLISH PEOPLE

* Fatima said:"Don't be afraid of Polish people. They are all very friendly and helpful"

* Ana said:"You will find out that these often racist jokes about all Polish being criminals and making their livings in stealing cars are absolutely wrong. People there are very nice, helpful and polite (and even the landscape looked cleaner than in "tidy" Germany)."

RESTAURANTS

In Katowize:

* Erika said:"They have slovak, czech and austrian cuisine in Hotel Franz Jozef"

In Pszczyna:

* Fatima said:"I can recommend a very good restaurant in Pszczyna: Stara Piekarna. Excellent Silesian cuisine."

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Note.- Please, let me know any mistake or any suggestion...
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Postby Edser » Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:29 pm

I'm just back from my hospital appointment in Cork(Ireland) my 2nd MRI so now i've got those two on a disk for Marian.
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Postby Fatima » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:55 pm

Hi Pepe,

this is such a good idea to collect and post all the information about Poland.

I can recommend a very good restaurant in Pszczyna: Stara Piekarna
Escellent Silesian cuisine.

Better you don't only stay in Poland for examination. Poland ist much more.
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Postby ErikaSlovakia » Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:22 am

They have slovak, czech and austrian cuisine in Hotel Franz Jozef. He was active in thes countries. As it is my "at home " cuisine - no suprise.
The "Krocan" - Turkey was very good. I liked also coffee during breakfast. I was used to drink it like that in Austria.
Drink only Czech or Slovak beer. They say it is better.
As I was always week and tired I did not enjoy anything. It was in Tychy the same. Ewerything was TOTALLY UNIPORTANT for me.
I just was thinking all the time how to get the procedure. I understand Poland will be for you new country and yes enjoy it. For me it is almoste the same as my country. They just use different money - we already use Euro and the language is not the same as mine. The rest is the same.

They have only 5 Polish TV Channels in the hotel, if you bring your laptop you get the cable and you can use the internet. There are exactly 27 stairs to get upstairs.

Erika
Aug. 7, 09 Doppler Ultras. in Poland, left Jugul. valve problem, RRMS since 1996, now SPMS,
- Nov.3,09: one stent in the left jug. vein in Katowice, Poland, LDN, never on DMDs
- Jan. 19, 11: control venography in Katowice - negative but I feel worse
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Postby whyRwehere » Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:54 am

Poland doesn't use the Euro yet?
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Postby kinga » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:07 am

whyRwehere wrote:Poland doesn't use the Euro yet?

No,no euro yet! hope it'll stay like this :wink:
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