Wednesday, 26 June 2013
There are tentative plans in our household for a visit to New Zealand during the October school holidays. 'Fabulous!' you think. What fun to plan. But unfortunately, at this point we are a little bit stuck on actually being able to go part of the planning phase.
You see, when you have Leukaemia and an addition dose of a liver transplant, travel insurance companies seem inclined to laugh in your face when you suggest maybe they could insure you.
Rude, I know.
I've looked at a few places so far and they have a list of medical conditions that exclude you from getting travel insurance and whilst Leukaemia hasn't been on any of them, an organ transplant is.
Thankfully, there is an organisation called Transplant Australia, of which I am a member. They hold the Transplant Games (fun Olympic like games for transplantees) and there is a World Transplant Games which requires transplantees to travel somewhere in the world for the games. Of course, they will need travel insurance for such a thing and so Transplant Australia has partnered with a company that will (in most cases) provide it. (AIG Travel Insurance for anyone interested) Phew!
I rang them today and now need to get multiple medical forms and letters from my specialists stating my conditions and the status of said conditions and then I get to fax them off and then ring to talk to the insurance company's medical team to do an assessment of whether or not I can be insured.
And then, if they decide they will insure me, we will be able to get on with booking flights and planning our adventures.
So fingers crossed.
And, where would you suggest I visit if we do get to go? I'm thinking awesome crafty places, cool shops and lots of nature places.
We'll be going for 10 days with probably 6 in north island (MR has lots of family there) and 4 in south. Already on our list is glow worm caves, natural hot pools, a big flying fox and a bit of snow and lots of green. If they let us go at all...