05 August 2013 – I don’t know if I have told you but I have recently moved out of Sydney, down the coast a few hours back to the town where I grew up. It is so lovely here. We have everything we could possibly need, accept for one thing. Haematologists.
What if you don’t live close to a hospital?
Today I went to get my car key fixed. Standing in the lock smiths workshop I had a clear view of the town airport. Looking out onto the run way I saw a helicopter land and an ambulance drive out onto the tarmack. I got to thinking. I was called away from the window to pay, so I never saw who or how they were loaded onto the NSW Ambulance helicopter. I turned back in time to see the front lift off slowly, methodically, and then the back, lifting level, It hovered there for a moment appearing like it was struggling to get higher, just a metre off the grown. Waiting for something, suspended and then it was gone, buzzing through the air, up and forward, north to Sydney I thought. The image stayed with me – and inspired this post.
Traveling over 6 hours for visits
For me to get to see my Haematologist I have to travel for more than 6 hours in a car – each way. I thought it would be fine. We made the last trip up, and it all felt like a holiday really. Now that my next appointment is coming up, I don’t think I have the strength. It feels like we just got home and now we are turning around and driving back to Sydney.
Long term Solution?
There is no other solution for us, other than to move back to the city. We understand the risks, and so must you, if you choose to live away from Expert Medical Treatments. Don’t get me wrong, this can be scary. Watching that ambulance drive out onto the airstrip I was overcome with fear that that might be me one day, or a member of my family. I am just so grateful that we live in Australia and I guess I cant complain at all when you consider everything that is afforded us.
This is just part of my life, Living with ITP, and I am getting used to it – as Shit as it all is.