I have been a type 1 diabetic for 17 years, and I plan to visit a British friend soon, hopefully within the next few months, and there are a zillion things I need to know about how diabetes is handled there, things that are probably pretty dumb but could be, not to be overly dramatic, literally matters of life and death for me. I have spent hours trying to locate information through web searches, but I am apparently not looking for the right terms-even offical government websites don't help.
For example, if I do something dumb like drop a bottle of insulin and break it, can I just walk into a pharmacy with an American prescription and buy another one? And how much could I expect it to cost? I know non-citizens have to pay for any health-care related thing out of pocket, but is it more reasonable than over here in the U.S.? Does anybody know anything about this at all, that I could ask more things of? Or a good website with information? I will love you forever if you can help me.
And since this is my first post, I'll just add that I've been an anglophile for even longer than I've been diabetic-I am really a big fan of Harry Potter, but I like to say that I developed my fascination with the U.K. the old fashioned way-through watching Doctor Who. The little British flag that decorates the shelf with my Severus and Gilderoy dollies is older than many of the Harry Potter fans I know, as scary as that is, LOL. And yes, I know the even more old-fashioned way would be through Beatlemania, and, yes, I am old, but I'm not *quite* that old [cough].
This was a great idea for a community! I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll get a lot out of it.