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Costly Rasagiline!

Young Henry.

I left England on June 20th with a three month supply of drugs for Parkinson’s, the most the NHS could give me. As more than two months had passed I thought it best to organise the next prescription here in Australia before it was needed. I take Dopamine, the gold star treatment for Parkinson’s, easy to get and not very expensive. I also take Rasagiline which may slow the progress of the illness, much more difficult to get out here and £2.90 a pill, staggering! I am grateful that back home I don’t pay anything for medication.

In Australia all those in close contact with babies are expected to have a whooping cough vaccination as there have been several outbreaks here with serious results. We tried to get one done in England before we left but were just told it was unnecessary so last week I ended up at a local Melbourne GP having mine done as I will be here some time, a stiff arm was the only side effect.

Henry is now home and Grandma and Grandpa duties are fully required from top up feeds to winding, and from huge amounts of washing and ironing to cooking nutritious meals, plus learning how to swaddle, sterilise and get to sleep. It is exhausting but wonderful, seeing this tiny little person changing every day and today I think I saw a proper SMILE! The lovely daughter has calmly and competently taken on the mothering role, even the exhausting night feeds! The dashing son has also arrived to get to know his nephew and looks fully at ease with him, happy to help with all the tasks, much appreciated.

Our concerns that we had never heard Henry cry have gone and now any silence we get is golden!

Melbourne has once again been named the World’s most liveable city by the Economist, despite the cost of prescription drugs!


5 thoughts on “Costly Rasagiline!

  1. Lovely to hear such positive news from down under. Good also to hear that the NHS isn’t all bad. Enjoy your time with your family.
    Frances x

  2. Hi Elspeth,
    It is good to see both you and Henry looking so well and to hear things continue to go well. We should all remember to appreciate the benefits of our NHS which we can take so much for granted. We all forget how much work comes with having that precious little bundle of joy but the cuddles and smiles make it all so worthwhile. Hopefully the warm weather wil soon arrive and you will be find time able to relax in the sunshine.

    Love Elizabeth X

  3. What a lovely family photo! Nice tribute to NHS as well,long may it survive.So pleased all is well with you,Laura
    and Henry. On our way to Peak District for our walking holiday,looking forward to it. Love to all,Anne x

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