I had the head CT today. It went well, considering how anxious I am. The doctor was older than me (and still working!), very kind. He smiled and calmed me and smiled and even made me laugh. He was also a champ at starting the IV. My veins are pretty much shot after eight years of chemotherapy, exams and treatments, but he managed to get the needle into a pretty small vein and only had to jiggle it a little. Didn’t hurt…
…until the end of the exam when they flushed the IV. Then the vein blew. That hurt. I yelped, and the doctor and technician came in quickly. This is what they found. It’s not dreadful, just kind of sore. It will reabsorb in a couple of days. I left with a CD of the scan images, and the results will be sent to me by email within five days.
I took advantage of my astronomically high ANC (absolute neutrophil count) of 800 (normal is at least 1500) and used the excursion to the imaging center as an excuse for a walk. And in this Age of Internet, what’s a walk without pictures?
As I walked out the front door of the center, I was greeted with nothing less than a hearse from one of the burial societies parked in front. The writing says “Burial Society of the Yemenite Community” and, sadly, parts of some of the letters are worn off. I didn’t notice any mourners around, and it’s entirely possible that the driver lives in one of the apartments in the building behind it. Still, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry or make my last Act of Contrition.
I decided to walk the long way, so I cut through the city center. “Cut through” is not entirely accurate. I walked in the opposite direction from my house so I could take full advantage by making a big loop. I miss walking outside!
In one of the side streets I came across a restaurant that really embodies the very strange nature of this city that I love. The name of the restaurant is Mifgash HaSheikh or “The Sheikh’s Meeting Place”, and in letters larger than the name, the sign proclaims that it is open 24/6 (24 hours a day except for Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath) and that the food is kosher. Restaurant guides categorize it as “Jerusalemite fast food”. Does it get any stranger?