Since joining the forum I have had the opportunity to read a lot of the posts and replies. This has given me a major insight into the problems and difficulties that you all face. I wonder how I would/will cope as things progress. I hope I can be as strong and resilient as you.
I also realize how fortunate I am. This may seem strange since I have COPD and recently had a Major exacerbation. But.... Living in the Middle East I have ready access to my pulmonary doctor and can see her within two hours if I need to, I have medical insurance from the company which pays the majority of the costs as most of the hospitals are private (there are some Government Hospitals that are very good but busy and stretched). If I want an x-ray or CT scan I just have to ask and I get it within a day or two. All my results are made available to me within 24 hours. Medication is not an issue as they tend to prescribe the most appropriate regardless of cost.
I follow the UK news and understand the problems that the NHS is under as one of my step daughters is a nurse and my wife has issues with arthritis (has had knee replacement and probably need a hip doing too). The waiting time for tings in the UK are long and I really do not know how you guys manage to maintain your cool and your bright outlook.
You have my deepest respect