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Interesting Read

One of the naysaying arguments we’ve heard of late is that health care in the UK is terrible compared to Canada (then there is us who have not had a family doctor going on five years now…)

I have some evidence to the contrary, besides the “anecdotal” evidence of so many people telling us differently. Click the image below to get the whole article.  It is comforting to me to know that in the UK we WILL have a family doctor… IMAGINE!!!



This was put together to determine the quality & cost of the US health system, so there was no prejudice towards the UK or any other European country… it just reflects the facts.  Now, there is the 10th ranking in the “Health Outcomes” sections, and I’m not entirely sure how that fits with the rest of the numbers, but it *might* (now I”m not sure, remember) be because there is a more again population overseas, or a mindset against medical assistance?  Maybe all those war babies growin’ up with the idea of keep calm and carry on? I know that there is a good push here in North America to take the meds you are prescribed (like insulin or HBP pills), so maybe that’s the difference? I have no idea, since we don’t live there yet.

Maybe it’s the steak and kidney pie? *ducking before Hunny smacks me LOL!*

Nah.. must be the fish’n’chips’n’mushy peas….

All I know is, it can’t be the tea. LOL!

In any case, it still leaves them in first place, so that’s still something.  I can’t wait to have my very own doctor to bring the Littles to when they need a check-up… they haven’t had one of those in over 5 years!  I think they’re still operational, but they could probably do with a tune-up. 😉

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*tap, tap, tap*

That’s my fingers on the table as I wait (a tad impatiently) for this house to sell.  It’s getting traffic, so I know it’s just a matter of time, and maybe I shouldn’t get ahead of myself as we are still waiting for the passports to arrive.  I guess once you latch on to a dream, you don’t like waiting to see it materialize.  And I’m tired of Canada right now.

A week ago today I went to the hospital for an infection, and while I was there they noticed that my blood pressure was quite high (like dangerous) – and the triage nurse, the reception nurse, the nurse in the ER, AND the doctor all told me off that I should be on meds and being monitored for it.  Ya… well, I asked the doctor, “are YOU taking patients?” He told me no, that he was an ER only doctor (makes more money that way) and I replied, “well, there ya go.”  There are NO doctors taking patients here… NONE.  Maybe in other towns there are, but the district I live in, nothing.  And this is why I end up in the emergency room when a quick visit to the doctor would suffice.

Whatever else the UK (according to some) has against it, people have doctors.  DONE.  And from all our family over the pond’s  experiences, I think they are getting rather good care – especially follow-up care!  Here? I had major surgery a couple years ago and had no doctor to have a follow-up visit… for all I know my insides might be lime green and tied in knots!  *shrug*

As a side note, though there are a few very close friends that we’ve told, the majority of our friends and family do not know of our plans to move.  It’s really hard.  We want so badly to tell them our dreams, but we’re so afraid that (from past experience) they will respond negatively.  Are you hearing this?  The people who should know, the people we love most, we can’t trust with this precious little spark of hope and passion we have in our lives.  Despite the fact that they made a life-changing decision to move to Canada years and years ago… both on my Hunny’s and my side of the family… we just don’t feel we can handle the extra stress right now.  But the time is looming where we’ll have to “come clean” – and no doubt they’ll be mad then too, because we waited.  It’s a no-win situation.

Weebles wobble but they don't fall down!  Just call us the Weebles. ;)

Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down! Just call us the Weebles. 😉

We do have to admit to a few “wobbles” (as they call them on the BE forum) – it’s such a big endeavour!  But then, it’ll be such a great learning experience for the Littles, and it’ll be a good motivation for my Bigs to really stand on their own (out of our umbrella).  Just by way of being the realisation of my husband’s life-long dream it’ll be a Good Thing.  And no one has said that once we move we can never return… though we aren’t planning on moving back this way, who knows?  For today, let’s focus eastward! LOL!

So right now that is where we’re at… the waiting game.  Waiting for passports (processing stage), waiting for the house to sell, waiting to tell family and friends of our Big Plan.

Did I mention I hate waiting? I guess it’s all good, practice for queues and being on hold with agencies and the likes when I get there.  That’s why I like email (or texting) so much more than the phone  – I can just leave my message and move on with my day.


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Okay.  I admit it, I fell into a funk after my last post.  We so desperately want to be in the UK that the whole speed bump and pot holes thing just got me down.  I didn’t want to talk about it anymore… I didn’t even go onto British Expats for over a MONTH! (I know!!!)

But we’ve talked.  We’ve prayed.  And I think we’re ready to move forward again.

We’re listing our house to sell in February, and when it’s sold we’re going to rent here in Canada for a year… saving as much money as we can.  Once the house sells, we’ll get the passports, watch our daughter graduate from highschool, see her off on her volunteering, hopefully see her get into the military, and then move NEXT April (2015).  Our smaller children will be 12 and 10, still a decent age to relocate them, and what’s nice is they might even keep their Canadian accents…  but then… who knows. *grin*

Church at Bath

The church at Bath.

We’re also going to be taking a trip over the pond in the late Spring of this year (2014) to take a better look-see and check out some recruiters to discuss what is realistic to expect opportunity-wise with my husband’s CV.  We’ll check out the primary areas of his line of work and see if there is a particular place we’d like to live… though we suspect we’ll be biased for the Derby area.  It’ll be the first time for our smaller children to visit the UK, I’m hoping it’ll give them a bit of a taste for it and everything it has to offer. My youngest is already convinced though, “any place I can buy curly wurlies is fine by me!”  She’s my pet!  I hope to have the chance this trip to take them to Bath which was a true fascination for my younger children when we went in 2010.

Time will pass slowly this next year and a half, I think, but I’ve decided to enjoy the last two Christmases living in Canada… I purpose to enjoy the very cold weather, I might even try taking the kids skiing or skating (brrrrrr!) sometime this winter instead of our typical board games by the fireplace time. hehe.

IN THE MEANTIME… we’ve discovered a Hotspot Shield that lets us watch BBC iPlayer online – so I’m not missing any of that good British culture while I’m waiting… and I’m completely and newly addicted to the Great British Bake-Off! (BTW, this pleases my ex-pat husband tremendously as I get all inspired to work on my British cookery and baking skills!)

More later…

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