When my mobile rang and a voice said I was due for another eye injection in a few days time my heart sank. I knew the appointment was due, and I needed it, but I really didn't want to go anywhere near a hospital in the present climate. Reluctantly I said "OK, but I hope the waiting room isn't as crowded as on past visits" I was assured that appointments were being well spaced out and there'd be plenty of room for patients to stay well apart.
|Empty waiting room and chairs well spaced (Click to enlarge)|
The driver of the small ambulance was completely partitioned off from anyone in the rear. I was given a face mask and told to sit at the back. On arrival at the hospital the waiting room was completely empty, not even a receptionist. In no time at all my name was called and I was led to an ante room for dilating drops before entering the theatre.
|Don't be frightened, I wont harm you..|
A cheerful nurse wanted to know if it was still cold outside.
"Not as cold as it was at 5 o'clock this morning" I replied.
I think she knew exactly what I meant, that I'm a crazy runner!
A doctor I only know as Ross administered the injection quickly and efficiently and in less than an hour I was back home again, half blind and wearing a mask under my dark glasses.
|The sun was up at 5.50|
Next day was a rest day, waiting for my eyes to re-focus so that I didn't go stumbling all over the place. It was followed by a clear night with Venus beaming through my bedroom window, assuring me next morning would be beautiful. She was right...
I got up, had a strong coffee and set out to greet the sun.
|Gorse at its best and an empty road|
Jen, the girl I usually meet, was on her way down. She's only a walker but according to her Fitbit had covered 7.8 miles a couple of days before. I told her in just over a week, when I reach the tender age of 88, I might become a walker too.
|A view to savour before going home|
I continued through flowering gorse to the top of the hill for another great angle on the sunrise.
How can I ever stop running?