Last Friday I twisted my neck rather badly: just short of 12 months since I twisted my back on the croquet lawn. This time it was in the gym. On both occasions I was very grateful that it happened here in New Zealand and not in the UK. Why? Because the health care system here has separate services like physiotherapists which can be accessed other than through the hospital service. In the UK I would have had to go to the doctor who would have to refer me to the hospital. I would have been exceptionally fortunate to have seen a physiotherapist within 5 weeks of the incident. In that time the neck would either have cleared itself up or have become so inflamed and tight that it would be as major job sorting it. As it was I decided within three hours of it having happened that it was going to be a problem and the diclofenac sodium anti-inflamatory I'd taken was not relieving the pain. So withing two hours of my decision I was having my neck treated and the next day the pain and discomfort was significantly less. After another couple of treatments it's well on the mend.
So today I am very thankful for that particular aspect of the New Zealand health care system.