Nearly everyday I cross a bridge near my apartment. There are traffic lights at the end of the bridge, so frequently I have wait on the bridge for the lights to change. More often than not, as I wait, the bridge begins to shudder and move. Earthquake!
I jump and panic; what should I do?
There is not an earthquake. The bridge appears to have independent suspension and if a truck drives onto it, it shakes.
This anecdote is to explain that I have lost my nerve. I suppose it is a symptom of old age.
It is the same with the boat, which you will remember, we moved onto a much higher trailer.
I climbed aboard yesterday and was terrified. It was too high, my balance felt wrong and it swayed as I moved around. Kiyuna san who is my age hops in and out like a cat. Nerves are shot.
The next indication of shredded nerves is a sensation that I have had in my lower abdomen for the last couple of weeks. I convince myself that it is a huge tumor or a hernia or an ulcer or at least, cancer .
I cycle over to the Onna Clinic, which is only 5 mins from my flat. There no appointments, you just wander in. A nurse does height, weight, blood pressure and generally asks what is wrong. I then see a doctor who interrogates me on what I think is the problem. I then have an ultrasound scan, a chest Xray, a urine test, an electrocardiogram, a blood test. I ask why I need a chest Xray and an electrocardiogram to diagnose what the sensation in the lower abdomen might be. They say that I might as well have a full check up now that I am here. Next I see another doctor who goes over my results. Amazingly everything is just fine. However the blood test results only come in on Monday.
Again, I am amazed by the wonderfulness of the Japanese health system.