Went to our local hospital again this afternoon, this time for a mammogram. It must be my week for hospital and doctor visits what with flu jab Monday, Dental Surgeon Tuesday, Mammogram today (or not of which more later), doctor tomorrow to discuss physio for my shoulder - I think Friday is clear at present! (Dog training in the afternoon).
Anyway back to the mammogram. 17 years ago I had breast cancer and have had regular ones ever since on the other side. (I am missing the left).All clear so far. I drove up to the Hospital (it is 5 miles from us), and left a good hour early because of the parking situation and I need a disabled slot.
No disabled slots close to the hospital and idiots had even parked behind the cars in the disabled slots so how they expected them to get out is beyond me.
Drove round and round the car park (at the expense of my petrol), no disabled slots on the main car park either. In fact no slots of any description at all and I was not going to pay £2.60 for the privilege of bumping my car over a kerb onto a very muddy grass verge, not that there was any space anyway.
Came home after 30 minutes of petrol wastage, rang the Breast Screening Service and cancelled the appt explaining why. They have now booked me into the Unit parked at Tesco's on their car park for next Tuesday at 4 p.m. But at least I should be able to park somewhere even though I will have to now travel 11 miles! I cannot manage the steps normally but they do have hand rails so will be hauling myself up bit by bit.
They only do the screening at the hospital in the afternoon! I did say that to get a parking place, I would need an appt at 9.a.m and there is still no guarantee you could park. All to get my right boob squashed flat and a picture taken to make sure nothing nasty is brewing.
I really do get awfully fed up with the non existent parking (unless you set off at midnight), the cost of parking and if you park in the wrong place you get fined and/or clamped. I did tell the hospital a time before that if they fined or clamped me I would take them all the way to the European Court! However, the parking is run by a private firm (bunch of cowboys I should think) although the Hospital gets a rake off of over a million a year. Can't be bad and an easy way of earning money.
Now going to get some lunch. At least the dog was pleased to see me!