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Mike -

Good points. I was treated very well. i'll note that the injury occurred at the Dartmouth Sportsplex and my teammate started driving me toward Dartmouth General, but I asked him to take me to the Halifax side; just felt better about going to the main facility. Got triaged pretty quick and out within 2.5 hrs, not bad including xrays, etc. People were great. And the followup stuff has been minimal thus far but fine.

My family's very bad experiences with the system this past fall had more to do with the limbo in getting from the GP to the specialist/surgeon, forcing us to go the emergency route twice, making for extreme but understandable waits given the triage system. More of a knock against the GP really (although I think it speaks to the efficiency of the system's front end); anecdotally, the surgeons will often shake their heads and say 'why didn't the GP ask for a surgical consultation?' Once in the system, the results were great, and it turned out well in the end, but just by a hair.

Alan -

Good to hear. We each have horror stories like the guy who treated me in Truro in high school. You do the diagnosis. Fifteen year old male with lower right abdominal pain, fever and nausea. His guess? Gas. For Double Jeopardy points, tell me the right answer. Hint: I was in surgery within 24 and missed a bad situation by a hair.

But the vast experience I have had with the Canadian system has been great. I give my doctor pals a hard time between being amazed by their job demands. I never give my nursing pals anything but utter respect and cold beers when called for.

Ian Williams -

Alan- I spent a year in physical therapy for my lower back. Had an osteopath, an acupuncturist, spent $7000 on meds and PT (covered by insurance, thank God). Two things healed me: time, and a couple of very simple lower ab exercises shown to me by a fantastic Pilates instructor.

I just wrenched my back out again yesterday, did the exercises, and now I'm (relatively) pain-free again. They always say the most important muscle in your back is your lower abs. I'm a believer!

Alan -

Very true, Ian. I have a very long back and have been a quasi-yoga-like stretcher my whole life but a definately lazy sit-upper. The molson muscle is proof of that.