Yo be fair though sue they took ages to diagnose me in the uk, its usually the last thing they look for.First of all Lorraine,so sorry to hear about Jon.I wish him a speedy recovery.
On the health front Oz has been asomewhat of a double edged sword for us.I will forever be grateful for the diagnostic capabilities here in that despite appts with specialists and endless tests i was failed to be diagnosed with celiac disease which by the time it was diagnosed here ,i was quite seriously ill as my intestines had been severely damaged and as celiac prevents minerals and vitamins from food being absorbed properly.Hence i now have to take a very expensive daily cocktail of all sorts of supplements.In addition i have to eat very specialised foods and copious supplies of fruit and veggies which as you can imagine is incredibly expensive.In addition it has also resulted in a host of other food allergies which in turn has exacerbated my asthma and sinus allergies.Cost of meds and drs visits a nightmare scenario.
Hubby-despite seeing a specialist in the Uk for bad snoring.NHS were not prepared to fund a sleep study.Thank god for the Adelaide sleep clinic,hubby was diagnosed with very severe sleep apnea .there were episodes as long as almost a minute and a half when he would stop breathing.The upshot is if it had not been diagnosed and had to have a CPAP breathing machine he could have been dead with either a stroke or heart attack by now.I will always be grateful to oz for that but he has to pay for equipment and everything himself which on poor pay is very hard.We cant get life insurance or private medical insurance as premiums are far too exp.
Daughter was again fobbed off in uk with constant tiredness and generally run down, vit deficiencies and severe anemia and diabetes weres diagnosed as well as severe wheat allergy,which if not caught early could have been very serious.
Brilliant med treatment but the downside is that due to hubby constant changing jobs,through redundancy,sacked for going to hosp appt with daughter,etc he has had only 2 weeks hols in almost 4 yrs we have been here.I am gravely concerned about repercussions to health of this.We havent had any hols as a family in that time.In Uk we both had at least 4 weeks and i had 6 weeks and lucky for me a whole yrs paid sick leave.
I can entirely understand what Clare means as if you have health probs two weeks sick leave a yr isnt anywhere near enough,but the wages are so low that there is never opportunity to put money aside and with a good salary and benefits in uk i could afford all the insurances under the sun,not here.
For us the lack of hols and sick leave has caused us substantial problems.All the planning and research couldnt have prepared us for all that has happened since we arrived.Hubby has had two workplace accidents in recent months i worry everyday about him..
Health issues without family support and constant worry are very difficult to deal with.
Think carefully about the repercussions if one of you couldnt work or the kids are not well.
Sorry for rambling but people need to be prepared If the NHS had been as on the ball we would never have come in the first place.