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scorpius

Fallen off my perch.

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Hi all, apologies for being AWOL. But as you know my wife Valentina comes from the Russian Federation and we have been married now for 2 1/2 years and has qualified for her 801 Visa (Nov2016) But the Australian Depot of Immigration is in such a mess that it is unlikely that she will received the paperwork until March or April 2018 at the earliest.  This also means she cannot register for Pension and health care card.

As such she has returned home to Russia each June for free medical checks under her Russian pension scheme.  Val left on June 18 and it was for almost 2 weeks I heard nothing from her and have now established that she has been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration in one eye and a Cataract in both eyes, one of which is reducing her vision considerably 

The Retina operation may not occur until September/October, followed by the removal of the Cataracts. At present she is undergoing daily injections and preparation for the upcoming treatment.  But it does look like she is going to be unable to return until later this year. 

A friend of hers has given Val a temporary position assisting at a "Housing Centre" office to supplement her pension.

Dave

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Valentina at her friend's Office July 5.

 

 

 

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Thanks Shane, its been somewhat devastating to handle. Not knowing the full details does not help the issue. She is such a wonderful person.

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Crazy situation Dave. I wish you both all the best with this. 

Ray 

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They say that every cloud has a silver lining and I have some great news regarding Val, following an eye scan, it has been disclosed that the retinal issues were a misdiagnoses and that they are OK.  However Val does have a cataract in each eye and has now been seen by a specialist who will remove them later.  Its a case of waiting for a vacancy in the theatre for "free" procedures, Val is entitled to free medical care under her Russian pension, but the wait is somewhat long and may not be seen until September or October.  

Needless to say she is much happier in her mind although still very apprehensive about having the surgery.  She is certainly missed by myself and Mark and Heidi the cat has made regular vocal refrains on not finding Val in her room etc :)   

We all wish her a successful outcome and for her safe return to Perth. 

Dave

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Well that is good news Dave, please wish Val good luck from us here on the forum.

 

Shane

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Awesome Dave. When do you expect her back in Australia?

Ray

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It appears that the operations on both cataracts will not occur until Sept/Oct at the earliest, then there will will be post op care and recovery.  So I would imagine that probably mid to late November Val will be able to return.  I have told her not to try and rush things and to accept what is recommended by her health team.  And assured her that if she needs anything she only needs to ask me.  Guess that is about all I can do to re-assure and support her.

Would be great if I had the cash spare to go and see her, but that is out of the question, unless my numbers come up on Lotto !!. 

It will be financially better for her to remain in Russia for as long as they need to treat her as the issue of her Permanent Visa looks like it will not occur until around April/May 2018 allowing her to claim a pension and health card.  (Val qualified in Nov 2016 but DIABP have issued a statement that the waiting time is now around 15 months to process the paperwork.) 

 

Dave 

 

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Good luck to her mate. Must be frustrating for you both. 

Ray

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September update:  Val is still waiting for her appointment, but she is also getting treatment for some back issues but basically she is OK.  At the other end of the scale I have been punished for my sins, at the local Dental Clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, They call for a Specialist investigation as to why my palette was soft and swollen.  Saw the Surgeon on Wednesday last and he decided to take a biopsy, now that is something would not wish upon my worst enemy. :( Severe pain and discomfort and Panadol/Codiene 500/30 are only just stopping me from going totally mad.  Having to put everything through the blender to "drink" my meals after they have cooled down.   Prognosis?  I have not a clue, I see my Dentist next week and the Surgeon in October.  So far with these sessions I have lost 3 fangs.

Was looking at the clear moon the other night, but the effort of setting up one of the scopes was just a bit too much for me.

Dave (and Heidi the Cat who turns 15 on  18/09)

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