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Yesterday I moaned about my hips aching, 800m downhill will do that.  Today I have a 1000m straight up.   I was hobbling badly so went downtown Aulla , think Te Awamutu, looking for a Doctor sign.

Finally found one, but it was a paediatrician and a gynaecologist, never mind they would tell me where to go(!!).  Knocked on the first ones door, yes she could speak English, no she could not give me a cortisone jab, said I needed emergency.  So she took me there!!!

We marched, well me scurrying in a hobbling fashion, to the medical centre which deals with all sorts of things, general practice stuff and emergencies, no hospital here.

She knocked on doors and found two obviously emergency female medicos in their hi-vis gear. Out came my Doctors note with hip x-ray results plus general background.

Child doctor leaves.

Initially I thought I was going to get a jab in the buttocks but the date on the x-ray was a bit recent for another jab so I was prescribed cortisone pills, 2 for 2 days then down to half.

We smiled and waved in communication, they had a little English, a Doctor and a Nurse.  Gave me my prescription, no charge.  Most difficult thing was finding a Farmacia, usually they are all over the place, finally found one, total cost 8e…

So took my first two at 4 am today hoping they will kick in by about 8 am.  My only other experience with cortisone apart from the jab was prednisone (same family???) when I had chemo, made me into energiser bunny.

I felt very well treated.

PS: the emergency doctor’s daughter had recently spent a year in Melbourne