From time to time – not often, ok – yes. I feel a bit overwhelmed by how very different things are here in Australia. Different to how I remember (or imagine) them being in the countries I lived before.
In some cases, this might make me wish I was back there, just to deal with the current situation a bit better. And language is really not the problem I think. Nein..
I am talking about things like getting an appointment with a specialist doctor.
When Nemo was only 2, we went to the doctor for a cold and during the visit the doctor discovered he had a heart murmur! The heart! of.my.child. And what (tf) is a “Murmur”?! (it’s nothing, unless other symptoms are detected, and he’s fine. but I did not know that, right)
Certainly, I thought, even without supreme (aka private..) health cover a child’s heart condition would be seen to by, say, a team of specialists as soon as possible ? Boy, was I wrong… I had to wait 6 months for an appointment with what seemed to be the ONLY child heart specialist
on the planet in Brisbane at that point. It was very scary but I had no choice.
I have to say that the doctor we saw – while acting a lot like the Asian doctor in ‘KnockedUp’ (actor also seen as ‘Mr Chow’ in the ‘Hangovers’ movies and who incidentally IS actually a doctor too which is really kinda awesome, no?!) – he was really very thorough and did more than initially required to really rule out any risks with an upcoming flight to Europe. All for only a minor fee (and that only because I was not yet on Australian Medicare).
And today, after an exhausting visit at the GP to get the darn referral, I needed to work my way through a list of paediatricians for a private appointment ASAP. We are riding towards some sort of educational apocalypse now with Nemo, with every incident, every tantrum, every other ‘bad day’ that we are having. I need someone to help me figure out what it IS!
Just to stay with the Lola reference, …. making all these calls, I went kinda like this :
And then like this :
That was when I finally had somebody tell me that they were taking bookings for the first week of APRIL and not, like most of the others AUGUST..! Others were simply not taking on new patients at all. Just.wow.
So we’ll have an appointment in April.
(Oh and yes, the happy Soccerlady is also from Germany! )