Posted Mon 3 Dec 2018 8.33pm by wendyloish
I put up a post which pretty much came down to being misdiagnosed as having osteoarthritis rather than psoratic arthritis as a result of the lack of specialist rheumatologists in rural Victoria, with the possible result that people like me are being left without autoimmune treatment, only finally to have to get artificial hips and knees. But it had now occurred to me that this being a UK site (a really poor website in Australia), the problem is not one for you.
So I have decided to replace what I said with a description of what it would take for me to go and see a rheumatologist.
First get up at 4.30am. Drive to bus stop to take bus at 5.20. Transfer at next town to train to Melbourne. Arrive in Melbourne around 10.00am. Find specialist's office for appointment. Hang around until after 6.00pm for next train to town near home. Then the bus again, arriving in home town at or close to midnight.
Of course this all costs, but as a pensioner you get one free public transport trip a year. So one visit to one specialist.
So, look how lucky you all are. You all must have easier access to diagnosis and treatment than we in rural Australia. And you do not have the huge costs associated with medical help that our unfortunate cousins in America have.
So cheer up all of you. And "Always look on the bright side of life, bedo, bedobedo bedo!"