Day 9

May 23. I am keeping track of the days and events that lead to my last day at work. I don’t want to say, “the first day of school” though I keep hoping that will happen.

I had a doctor’s appointment today- the travel medicine doctor. My titers showed I was immune to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis C. That is 5 positives ( good news).  But I had no resistance to Hepatitis A:(.

As per   the document, I need to be vaccinated against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, then meningococcus, the flu and hepatitis A. I had to be tested for TB ( X-ray ) and the Quantiferon blood tests.

I am finally back after 3 hours in the hospital. I had 5 vaccination pricks today, 3 on the right arm and 2 on the left. They didn’t hurt too much but now I feel numb all over.

Then I went to the hospital bank to cancel my card, so I could get a bank clearance document.

After that I rushed to work as I have very little leave hours to spare. So that’s where I am on on day 9 of my preparations.


Day 8

May 22.

The IRB reviews done last week had a lot of back and forth with the institution I was reviewing for. A researcher who puts his/her own patient as a research participant, despite a consent and an explanation of procedures/processes is still under a certain conflict of interest is my viewpoint. It is better that a third person does the consenting and explanation and everything about the research. The party didn’t agree and neither did the chair. It took some back and forth but I held my ground. I was going to say what I had to say. Thank God it was all by email, no face-to-face.

Had to do a root cause analysis of a patient death in hospital too. It has been years since I did one, so I needed to study the processes once before I wrote up the report. I nearly spelt “wrote” as ” rote” now- I am so used to spelling by ear now. I need to exercise self-control.

This weekend I will be alone- no husband or daughter. My cat and I.

The plants in the office are doing well. The ones that are inside are dark green and flourishing but the flowers are smaller in size inside than outside. Kudos to the flowers that bloom outside in the blazing heat.

I felt excessively thirsty the whole day- I must have taken at least a liter of water at work today- I felt I didn’t just have enough. I feel tired too- all the time and I do sleep well.

It must be some deficiency.

The I-20 papers arrived today. I am going to make the payment soon, so I can have the student visa stamped on my passport. They tell me, I can’t study on a tourist visa-even for a month.