Did I not specifically request no surprises, except really good ones? I distinctly remember doing so. Bad idea.
Just minutes after DH had left for the hospital, the phone rings. Uh-oh.
DH: "Small problem, I seem to have taken a wrong bus. It's an express service to WayOutOfTown."
Me: "Shall I come get you?"
DH:"I could take the next bus back into town".
Me: "Shall I come GET YOU?"
DH:"Yes. The first stop is in MiddleOfNowhere."
My heart sinks, but I don't panic. I grab the bare necessities: cell phone, GPS-tracker and navigator, handbag and jump in the car. I only have a vague idea of where he is, luckily the navigator is content to take me to MiddleOfNowhere, without knowing an exact address.
Ok, so I drive a little crazier than usual, and use the phone in the car without a handsfree set (big no-no).
5 phone calls later ("Where are you? How do I get there? WHERE?") I retrieve DH.
He's so shocked by his misadventure that he even lets me drive back. The GPS guides us straight to the clinic, and I manage to keep it together all the way, even through a grueling 5 minutes of slow traffic on the highway.
While I park the car, DH goes to the lab to finally deliver the goods, after 1 hour and 15 minutes of travelling. According to DH, they said it would be ok. I'll have to take his word for it.
I tried calling the dr. for advice on how to proceed, but he didn't pick up so I left a message on his voicemail. Is there any point in doing the IUI?
Now, you're either cursing at DH or laughing by now (I know I'll find this funny some day). But honestly, I can't be angry with him. I told him he could take a bus, any bus that starts with the number 97. That's what he did.
I told him to ask the driver whether the bus went past the clinic. He did, but the bus driver mumbled something and shook his head in some way, which DH took as a yes. Apparently, that should have been 'No'. An honest mistake, which could have happened to me (except I'm a more experienced bus traveler). What should he have done? Held up two signs in front of the driver with "Yes" and "No" and ask the driver to point to one? Helping customers find their way is only his job, even if it's tedious. Ugh.
Express lines are generally marked 'Express', but DH said he didn't see it. It looked like any other bus. The older models just have a sign in front, which are easy to miss if you're not looking for it. The newer ones state it loud and clear next to the number. And it hadn't occurred to me to warn him about express buses.
Oh, and the odds of this happening?
6 buses with line number 97x go to the clinic. Only 1 doesn't. That's roughly a 14% chance of taking the wrong bus. Compound that with getting a non-reply from the driver (rough guess 25%). You're left with a 3,5% chance of taking the wrong bus.
Compare this to the odds of success with IUI/inj: 15%.
Can you see my frustration here?
Next time, DH said he'll be taking the car.
I'm just surprised I didn't get pulled over by the police. That's all that was missing to make this the perfect skit for a comedy movie. Who was the blogger had this happen to her, only to be escorted to the hospital with sirens wailing?
Fast forward two hours, time to go back to the clinic for the IUI. I do take the bus, the right one, so no problems there. The lab hands me the sample without a fuss (they don't even ask for ID, or my husband's name for that matter. I checked the vial though, his name was on it.). I go to the clinic and am told to take a seat. After a mere 5 minutes my name is called, but by a woman I don't know. Dr. Albatross isn't available as he's doing surgery (so that's why he hasn't called back yet), but he asked her to fill in. I'm glad he found a replacement, but I had hoped to see him and ask him some questions. Dr. StandIn said I could call him tomorrow morning during consultation hours.
Beta day is July 11th, but I think I'm going to declare this a non-event. So I am now in a non-2WW. Right now it's pessimism galore. What do you want with those odds.
I hope your day went better.
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