Finding it hard to believe it's almost the end of April... ALREADY!
Where did that four months go?
I know the last four weeks have flown by because I've been sick. Actually, I'm still sick and not getting much better. I've been to a number of doctors, none of whom have any answers and who religiously prescribe antibiotics and corticosteroidal sprays... Some of which worked, some didn't.
One of the things I've found out about the public health system out here in the bush (and I'm not even that far from civilisation as we know it) is that the services I took for granted in the city are not present in the bush. When I needed to see a cardiologist, there was not one in any of the public hospitals in the area. In a 50 or 100 km area. None. I had the choice of seeing a private consultant or go to Melbourne to a public hospital. I chose the private consultant even though I incurred an out of pocket fee because I don't have private health insurance. He sat there on his phone and half listened to me. He didn't have much to say except refer me for tests - two of which couldn't be done in the hospital 50 kms away because they didn't do public health patients. I found out myself what was causing my heart arrhythmias.
This latest episode of ill health, I wanted a referral to an ENT specialist to find out why I was deaf in my right ear and why, after two courses of strong antibiotics and a corticosteroid nasal spray, I wasn't any better. Same problem. No ENT within cooee. Choices were to see the visiting ENT or go to Melbourne and sit in the emergency part of the Eye and Ear Hospital. Neither choices are really viable options.
I'm not blaming the hospitals - Goulburn Valley Hospital are fantastic. And although the doctors I've been seeing are only trainees (and barely practising at that) they mean well. I can't help it if I know my body and it's associated ills better than they do. After all, they're not staying in this community forever - they'll do their "time" here in the bush, get their practise in on us patients and then leave for the city. Leaving us with a new staff of trainee doctors with little practical or life knowledge. I know they have to start somewhere, but I need someone who will actually listen to me - listen to my story and HEAR me when I say "I am NOT well!" instead of dismissing me because I have multiple health issues.
So I'm going to go back to researching tried and true natural methods of dealing with sinusitis and blocked eustachian tubes and all the other associated problems. I've discovered steaming with vicks vaporub is great. Today I'm going to snort salt water. Apparently it's quite effective, recommended and best of all, it's free.