Two weeks ago I was having the latest in my regular consultations with the very very bright woman who is my consultant neurologist who will be booking me in for my fifth, very expensive MRI brain scan.
Yesterday I was with my GP referred personal trainer who is guiding me back to fitness after my brain haemorrhage.
Oh yes, I forgot to tell you about my Ear, Nose and Throat consultant who investigated my damaged vocal chords or my speech therapist who is helping my stammer or the Ophthalmic Surgeon who is trying to sort out my double vision.
I haven’t been toting up the cost of all this on my calculator because it is all on the British National Health Service.
I have been ill now since October 2008 and have been looked after faultlessly in that time so I need to say three things before my latest visit to see a British medic:
1) Thanks everyone in the British NHS for looking after me.
2) Congratulations all you citizens of the United States of America on your new Health Scheme. It won’t turn you into a Soviet state, it won’t bankrupt you and it won’t destroy your freedoms. It will, however, take away that fear of not being able to pay your health bills and I know at first hand just how dependent we all can be when bad times come round without warning.
3) Congratulations President Obama, for sticking with it, risking all for it, and for succeeding when all around you were predicting defeat.
We in Britain have a great Health Service and you in the States have a great President.
Onwards and upwards! I am off to the doc’s.