Seriously guys, biological bodies are just too much like hard work.
Alarm clock was set for 5:15 am but it didn't go off as I was already awake and had been most of the night. Did I ever miss my morning coffee! only plain water to be drunk, no food either. Looked at the weather charts and not impressed by the prospects of another storm next weekend. I have trouble doing up my shoe laces, the first time I have experienced it, not being able to breathe properly whether bent down or putting my foot on the stairs. I was really annoyed by this (polite version) and had to go and sit down for a while and relax and recover my composure. A second attempt was successful, by which time it was 6:25.
The plan was, 15 mins. walk to the bus stop, 1 hr journey, 1/2 hour to get from the bus stop to the hospital and find the PET Scan trailer which is parked at the rear of the hospital.
Sounds easy doesn't it?, until you find that there is a major redevelopment taking place, it is all a huge construction site! Nothing is recognisable to me, Alliance Medical had emailed a map to me, I even cross checked it on Google Maps. Both maps were way out of date to what was actually there. I had a general idea of which direction I needed to go, but I had to try to find my way around the new, half constructed buildings without losing my bearings.
One of my COPD nightmares is getting lost somewhere and not having the breath or my legs cramping up to be able to find my way out.
I finally arrived....at 7:45am....for an 8:30am appointment! It is bitterly cold with a stiff breeze, my luck seems to have changed, the staff are there and the reception is open and was already warm. They were a bit taken back with me being so early, but satisfied with my reason (excuse) for it, being that a requisite for no exercise or lifting heavy weights was required, they wanted you to be really relaxed. I needed that time to recover from the long walk and become relaxed, after all I was like Thomas the Tank Engine at that point.
I mulled over how it was that I was so early, it took a while but I figured it out. I had caught a bus that was running very late and the driver was making up for lost time. I had not really taken any notice at the time, my mind fogged by lost sleep and trepidation of the reason why I was making that journey at all.
I had managed to get a lift back, but would have got a taxi. Traveling home on the bus would have been a big "no no" I was radioactive afterwards and instructed not to go near pregnant women or young children (within 2 meters/yards). I would have no way of knowing who was or wasn't pregnant around me, young children I could avoid probably.
I waited outside the local pharmacy until it was clear of women & kids too before asking for my repeat order and waited back outside again, they then brought they out to me, it was nice and warm, out of the breeze and in the sun there so I really didn't mind and in no rush.
Now the long wait for the results, trying not to dwell on it, which is both extremely hard to do and be totally pointless.