Thanks to this site I am a different person to the one that whimpered on to this site.
I am so confident now with the state health workers (doctors & nurses!). I used to have a small comfort zone and outside that I needed one of my daughters to speak or translate for me. Now I have no limits. I know my rights because this site empowered me, and my friends here supported me. I demanded and got a copy of my rights to health treatment from the local hospital. It took an hour of arguing that having it 2 meters up on a wall was not enough! I explained my rights under European law and so they took the poster down, and at my urging made one hundred copies in English. Sadly the Germans, Italians and French will have to find their own champion!
X-Rays and CAT Scans are no problem, but if I feel unsure, I phone the hospital and book a volunteer translator to ensure I don't miss anything! It works every time! The Health Authority now advertise for volunteer translators to work a rota system! I have been promised that all doctors will be informed they must wait if someone asks for a translator in future. I am watching this closely! It is every EU, Europeans right by law! Thanks for helping me make a difference Tudiabetes.org. Thanks Manny and co!
Love and Admiration. Albert.
PS. I my ankle/foot will be pinned permanently rigid this year. I am afraid of this, so those that believe in prayer, please pray for my courage!