Last week was one of the most hectic, most challenging, most exhausting weeks of my life, both physically and emotionally. This posting is about day two, Wednesday, February 13. Day one's posting in regards to Tuesday, February 12, if you didn't read it or if you're interested, can be found here : A Scan Of Mine.
Last Wednesday was a 'bonus' day visit to the hospital. On the Monday, I received a phone call from a very polite lady at the hospital asking me if I could attend the X-Ray Unit for an ultrasound. I wasn't about to turn down another opportunity at getting an ultrasound. Perhaps this might give conclusive evidence as to whether I was actually pregnant.
I headed out from Leek, Staffordshire to the hospital in the early afternoon. A few flakes of snow drifted gently down. Nothing to worry about. Half an hour later, I arrived at the X-Ray Unit for my ultrasound.
I was directed to the ultrasound waiting room where there were a number of doors with the word, not surprisingly,"Ultrasound", displayed on them. I sat there waiting patiently along with all the other expectant mothers. "How far along are you?", stated one mother. "Pardon me? Oh no, don't think I'm pregnant. Just getting confirmation that I'm hopefully not!", I replied. Okay, I made that up. It was to check me out while having a full bladder. Gosh, that was fun getting filled up before arriving at the hospital and having to hold on, well mostly hold on....
Into one of the ultrasound rooms I went. Two lovely nurses went through the procedure with me. Then, oh yeah, I got the cold jelly on my belly. The one nurse probed the top of my belly and I was rather enjoying the experience. I never saw the image of my ultrasound, but I reckon it would of looked rather similar to a typical British weather map. Cloud followed by more cloud with a trough of low pressure battling against a high pressure ridge. A few minutes later and it was all over. I thanked the nurses and left the hospital.
It was now getting late in the afternoon. What had been just a few flakes of snow a couple of hours earlier, was now a full-scale blizzard. A blizzard right at the beginning of "rush hour". Driving along at the dizzying speed of about ten miles an hour, I inched along the treacherous roads. Then it suddenly got warmer and then colder again. Now the roads had turned to ice. This brought everything to a standstill. As this point, I wished I brought along my ice skates, hockey stick and puck.
In such awful conditions, it was fantastic to see how all of us motorists cooperated with each other, kept a safe distance apart and let traffic merge in. You can get such unity in the face of adversity. Indeed, a half an hour drive there. Over two hours getting home. To think, this was my bonus day at the hospital and a memorable journey home.
These are unusual times and want to apologise to those folks who I said I would promote their books. I haven't forgot. It's just the exhaustion over the last few weeks has been catching up with me. I know you will understand.
Tomorrow, February 21, I'm going to post up my experience of my third straight day at hospital. Yes, it was Valentine's Day and one I soon wont forget. To end this posting, I can finally confirm that I'm not pregnant....