I wish someone would surprise me with an orchestra playing outside my window.
Flash mobs don’t have to be about dancing.
On May 2, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic surprised commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station, as they played in an orchestral “flash mob,” performing Ravel’s famed Bolero, with the musicians gradually assembling in place as the work progressed. I love this.
Jeroen and I had the same schedule up to lunch, then he was pretty much done after one more ultrasound, while I still had a string of female tests to be done.
We started with a blood pressure check, then the blood extraction, which already scared me.
After this, fasting was over. I was so relieved to be allowed to eat and drink. Jeroen and I proceeded to that airport lounge thingy where we both had bread and water.
We ate in the computer section
ECG was next and took only five minutes. The X-ray was the easiest thing on earth.
Then there was this lung test which scared me because I’m really paranoid about lung diseases. Jeroen and I aced it.
Next was the stress test where they take note of your heartbeat while you walk on an inclined treadmill. I reached up to level 4 and Jeroen up to level 6. I could’ve gone on longer, if I weren’t so starved.
They let us go for lunch. I was really dying for comfort food, so Jeroen and I agreed to go down to Bizu in the hospital. I had carbonara and Coke.
Without a doubt, I am a bag full of nerves and fears. Besides being known as a fearful flier, friends and family know me as a hypochondriac. Not a day passes that I don’t think of death. I’m in constant fear of being sick and dying young.
Since 2008, after my cousin died of leukemia at the age of 38, I kind of stopped going to the doctor. For the first time I learned how to ignore my symptoms and running to the hospital, even if I thought I was dying.
But this year I vowed to see get my medicals done. I was overdue for the dentist, mammogram, pap smear, colonoscopy, and blood work.
After postponing the wellness checkup three times due to fear and a couple of trips abroad, Jeroen and I finally set a date at St. Luke’s Bonifacio Global City on October 1 and 2.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect. We were instructed to fast (no food and water) from 10 PM on Friday, and appear at the Wellness Center at 8 AM Saturday. Not a morning person, this was pure agony for me.
It was comforting to see that our first stop looked more like a business class airline lounge than a hospital.
We were assigned a pretty hospital worker named Erika to assist us throughout the whole procedure. Here’s the strange thing—the hospital had so many good-looking people walking around and working there, it was unreal. I have never seen it in any other hospital (not even in Houston).
Jeroen and I were led to our room (Suite 705) which had two beds. It may not look like it, but the beds are super comfy with a real mattress, unlike those awful PVC-covered beds in other hospitals.
We asked for extra pillows and comforters, so St. Luke’s has real blankets, not those thin sheets used in other hospitals.
We could adjust the thermostat in our room. Lee Min Ho was on the telly.
We had a sitting room, where we spoke to doctors
There was a computer in the room, but the WIFI was very weak.
I unpacked my bags and checked out the bathroom (not the Four Seasons, but good enough for an overnight stay).