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DH and I have been married almost 3 yrs, I have yet to meet my ILs. We're finally moving to a place big enough to actually <i>have</i> people visit, so DH invited them to come. Barring any bureaucratic snafus (which are likely), they'll join us in August. DH is guessing FIL would stay for month or so, MIL more like 3 months (just a guess for timeframe).<br><br>
A couple things ... they are both Type II diabetics in their mid-60s, and while I'll be a real nurse by then (graduating in May), that just means I'll be more apt to pick-up on any kind of health issue which may arise. Mind you, I'm not afraid of Type II diabetics, nor do I view them as some sort of ticking bomb - but one has to consider how the stress (of a trans-continental voyage plus culture shock plus meeting your DIL and grandson for the first time) may affect their body. I see people in the hospital <b>all the time</b> who have exacerbations of various diseases precipitated by tada! international travel.<br><br>
FIL is notoriously non-compliant, and has an irritable bowel disorder as well. What would happen if either of my ILs needed healthcare while here? I know they can't be turned away for inability to pay, but let's talk reality here. A hospital bill is thousands and thousands of dollars a day. I dunno where to start really.<br><br>
Anybody dealt with similar issues before? Mind you, I really don't think my ILs are going to end-up in the hospital, I just want to be prepared!<br><br>
Maybe I should be more worried about the MIL living with us for three months...? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Do they have insurance? Would it possibly cover them here?<br><br>
You'll be surprised how resilient Type II'ers are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My dad has out lived his expected time frame by 50 years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My in-laws came to Canada from Sweden for 3 weeks at Christmas in 2005. My FIL has several health issues including recovering from complications due to back surgery and hip replacement surgery requiring him to use a walker. What he did was go to his doctor beforehand to make sure he had enough of his meds to last the trip, and got instructions for dealing with the timing of his meds with the time zone change. He brought his walker with him, and we made sure to rent anything else he needed (to modify the bathroom) from a medical supply store. They also had travel insurance that covered them while they were here. I think that would be the most important thing to look into. See if there is travel insurance they can buy that will cover them for the trip.
 

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DH says they have health insurance through the government in Turkey.<br><br>
I'll have to look into the travel insurance thing ...
 

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They need to check into what they need to do to be covered while here, and do that. Make sure that they have all the necessary paperwork in one place, carry it with them on the plane would be my recommendation too, in case the luggage lands someplace else.
 

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My dh is from Turkey. Don't know what being Turkish has to do with your potential problems, as Turks are notoriously very accommodating (I've been to Turkey 9 times in the last 8 years and dd has been with us 4 of those). Can't help with the health issues (some of my in-laws are Type-II, as is dh and we've never had problems). But if you need an ear for things specifically Turkish, PM me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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