Thursday, May 21, 2009

House calls

I'm constantly amazed at the differences between the Kiwi health system and our own.
Having blogged before about the pros and cons of healthcare, there were more surprises this week, after I contracted that particularly nasty Swine-Flu-like virus.
Apart from the vigilant measures taken at the GP surgery, where masks and gloves were donned and handed out with abandon, I'm amazed at the follow-up I've had since my last visit. Yesterday, the nurse rang me to ask how I was feeling, and the GP himself phoned today to make sure I wasn't any worse, and to remind me to drink my fluids and take my tablets. Considering, we often have to wait days to even see our (admittedly wonderful) GPs back home, it's amazing service.
As the Kiwis would say, Sweet As.
As for that flu? Husband and I are still struggling on, and the kids, so far, have stayed healthy. If anyone has any cures they want to share, I'd love to hear them!
At this rate, I'll be fixing up a pot of Mum's Witches Brew For Flu before long - lemon, honey, paprika, garlic, ginger and hot water.
It may well work, but I don't think anyone will want to be near me anytime soon...


Honey the Great Dane said...

Aw...sorry to hear that you're still feeling lousy!! Hope you managed to get some rest this weekend - I think the only thing you can do really is just let your own body do the fighting - and support it as much as possible with rest, fluids and other good nutritional things (antioxidants and all that!). Your 'Witch's Brew' sounds pretty potent!! :-) We do Honey & Lemon in our house - not so sure about the other ingredients but the next time we're ill, I may give it a try!

Hey - if you can get it, try some active Manuka Honey instead of the ordinary stuff - lots of studies to prove its power. Hubby swears by the stuff! Opt for the higher factors (eg. UMF20+) - it's a bit more expensive but from the research done so far, seems well worth it. You can get it at your local supermarket.

Wishing you better soon!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Sorry to hear that you're not feeling well! I hope you get better soon :) Wow, that's an amazing difference. if my GP rang me I'd probably they got a wrong number!

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

Wow. My doctors surgery is all 'if you have flu stay the freak AWAY!'

Hope you get better soon.