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#11 Jun 19, 2017 7:43 pm

Expat
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Re: EXPAT, LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RETURNING NATIONALS

Basking as I am in Englands tropical Sun, while wifee prepares for TS2, I can state that like all things in Grenada there are some very rough edges to the health system. BUT, assuming you have a few dollars and are not one of the poor souls compelled to do the verge cleaning, then you can get and afford to be seen promptly, and get some reasonable diagnosis... You may need to go away for the treatment, or you may be able to get it locally. But at least you can get to see a Doctor.

I just tried to get a routine appointment in the UK. Via the internet..... No appointments out till July!!!!!

Phoning in is usually a waste of time and you get brushed off.

I went in after lunch, and grizzled a little bit without being unpleasant, and whammo.... Doctor has a space this afternoon.... Which I would have never known about had I not put my face in the door.

Grenada is different, the people need a kick up the arse, but it's OK.

Having walked the streets of London I am not sure where the 3rd World begins and ends.

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#12 Jun 19, 2017 8:43 pm

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"Having walked the streets of London I am not sure where the 3rd World begins and ends."

Well whaddyu expect? Britain enslaved and colonized the world, telling all their dark-skinned subjects that UK is the centre of the world's civilization, so where do you think they're going to go?

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#13 Jun 20, 2017 7:24 am

Slice
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Re: EXPAT, LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RETURNING NATIONALS

houston wrote:
Slice wrote:
houston wrote:

I admire Expat for having such a beautiful place to retire year round.
But... good luck dialing 911 and expecting help when an emergency happens.

If you see him in Grenada, you just might be jealous. He look much younger than his age and he is very relaxed.  when ah grow up ah want to be just like Expat.

I ent saying the Medical system is the best, but it has made some improvements.

My comment may have been unqualified as it's been quite some time since last there. Used to spend a lot of time there and would love to get back for a visit. I'm sure there would be several changes, especially after Ivan.
The last time there the hospital was in the process of being built and I got married in the Court House. Can remember that day like yesterday and haven't been back since...
There was always a strong police presence on motorcycles, but I don't recall ever seeing an ambulance. That may have changed but I have to wonder how an EMS vehicle could get around during a 911. Many people can survive a heart attack these days if EMS can get there in the golden minutes, or you are lucky enough to have a person nearby that can do CPR for a lengthy time (rare that is) and also have a difibulator handy.
All medical systems have there problems. The medical facilities may be great, the biggest problem is getting to them alive.

Well Houston, you are way, way behind time.  You need to visit.  I think ah use to sound just like you, but me wife keep reminding, you need to go back to Grenada and see what is going on.

Grenada is almost certainly not the same you describe.  It is not the USA as far as the Medical is concerned, and there are much more to be done, but it ent the same Grenada you left.

The president of the biggest Credit Union in Grenada, was telling us her story, about her getting a stroke.  She was rush to the hospital and she got lucky just as she was signing in, her eyes and the doctor eyes met and they knew each other.  She was seen immediately and now she is as good as gold and working.

How can you guys stay away for that long?

Houston, when you left Grenada, the folks who use to do Road work, use to be in rags, now they are dressing better than me.

Houston, the amount of five star restaurant in Grenada is mind blowing.

Here is another cold hard truth, to enjoy Grenada, you must have some money and stay in ah fancy hotel.

Grenada has about 10 five stars hotels and another four is being built.  Trust me it is not the same Grenada you left.

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#14 Jun 20, 2017 7:30 am

Slice
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Expat wrote:

Basking as I am in Englands tropical Sun, while wifee prepares for TS2, I can state that like all things in Grenada there are some very rough edges to the health system. BUT, assuming you have a few dollars and are not one of the poor souls compelled to do the verge cleaning, then you can get and afford to be seen promptly, and get some reasonable diagnosis... You may need to go away for the treatment, or you may be able to get it locally. But at least you can get to see a Doctor.

I just tried to get a routine appointment in the UK. Via the internet..... No appointments out till July!!!!!

Phoning in is usually a waste of time and you get brushed off.

I went in after lunch, and grizzled a little bit without being unpleasant, and whammo.... Doctor has a space this afternoon.... Which I would have never known about had I not put my face in the door.

Grenada is different, the people need a kick up the arse, but it's OK.

Having walked the streets of London I am not sure where the 3rd World begins and ends.

Grenadians need to kick up their ASS, they are too damn lazy and jealous.

Now ah start having trouble with me neighbor.  She wants me to remove me cameras.  the previous owner planted some bluggo trees and now they are in my property, she now wants to come over and my land and  cut the Bluggo.  Doh want it and doh really care, but I ent letting her do it.

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#15 Jun 21, 2017 7:29 am

Silkee
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Re: EXPAT, LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RETURNING NATIONALS

Expat will age,especially being caucsasion in the sun. There are pros  and cons to returning permanently. Everyone I know spends half a year there or elsewhere. Easy to become bored and sedentary. When you are young there is more energy. Alcoholism,diabetes,high blood pressure are the big ones,however prostate and colon cancer are the secret killers. Not having money affects alot of things in life.I did not grow up there but visit yearly.The same attitude of"we all gotta die anyway" is a poor excuse! There is real suffering awaiting the ignorant. Yes,we have all kinds  of bushes and remedies...natural stuff. I prefer to stay where I am. The pros do not outweigh the cons.I really enjoy my holidays there but by the last  day,ready to come home. Trini is always a place I also go to.

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#16 Jun 21, 2017 8:13 am

Slice
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I can assure, that Expat is not bored.  I visited about three times while in Grenada once and ah able to meet him at his house just once.  We did however met up in a lunch place on the Carenage, called sweet Traditions.

Silkee why all the excuses? The diabetic situation in Grenada is very concerning, some folk blame it on the American bombing during the invasion.  when I heard that I just could not believe it.

Any thing can happen, but I do believe that living in Grenada and eating right and taking care of yourself could add another 20 years to one' life.

I am not going to saying that living in Grenada, do not have it draw backs, but here is what I really enjoy.  I love that everybody knows everybody, I love getting up in the morning at 5am, sitting on the Veranda, with ah cup of coffee  and enjoy the view of the ocean if there is one and breathing fresh air, you can feel the difference in the  air in Grenada as compared to Maryland.

Seriously getting sick do not worry me as compared with doing business in Grenada.  It is a major adjustment I will have to make.  I hate the laid back attitude of every one in Grenada. I hate the fact that when I am spending my money and I am not appreciated.

Then ah look at the Southern part of the island with all them foreigners, enjoying my Homeland and say SHEET, they ent worrying about nothing, just enjoying themselves.

Some of these White folks are more Grenadian than me.  WAIT! then ah remember one day ah was complaining about something and Expat called me ah foreigner and said leave us Grenadians alone. He calling me ah foreigner kinda woke me up, and I will always appreciate him for calling me that name, the truth is he was right.

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#17 Jun 21, 2017 8:20 pm

Real Distwalker
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Re: EXPAT, LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT RETURNING NATIONALS

Expat wrote:

I just tried to get a routine appointment in the UK. Via the internet..... No appointments out till July!!!!!

I know all of you hate the US system but I could get up tomorrow, call my doctor's office and get an appointment the same day.  Seeing a specialist might take a week but I could probably shorten that to a couple days with a few phone calls.

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#18 Jun 21, 2017 8:31 pm

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Yes RD your doctors and specialists are falling over themselves to see you, sorry: to take your money lol! And Expat eventually got what he wanted for the "crappy old free NHS" - and I'm sure it didn't cost him a dime, even though he fled the "third world shores" of Blighty long time ago.

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#19 Jun 21, 2017 8:34 pm

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"Doh want it and doh really care, but I ent letting her do it."

Slice is that a friendly neighbourly thing to do? Live and let live nuh? What you want, the bluggo to fall on the ground and rot? That's a sin my friend.

No wonder JCBs get such a bad rep.

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#20 Jun 21, 2017 8:34 pm

Real Distwalker
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Well, life is trade-offs.  And you are right, it is expensive in the US.  I do like that they are at our beck and call, however.

There is no option that includes, 1) Quality, 2) Fast and 3) Low Cost.  At best, you can get two.  We have 1 and 2.   The UK has 1 and 3.

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