So four days, numerous emails and phone calls later, I finally heard from my ex-hubby. He’s alive and well and somewhere far from home. Oh and he’s Japanese – just in case you forgot. He drives long-distance buses the length and breadth of Japan and I had all sorts of bad feelings when I first heard of the earthquake. Him having a dead battery on his mobile phone and no internet access did nothing to alleviate my anxiety.
I came home to an email from him today, sent from his recently charged mobile phone,
“I thought you might be wondering how I was…” it began. If it was any other situation I would have laughed, but as it was, I was just relieved.
“I was in Fukushima at the time of the first quake. Then I was on my way to Fukui prefecture and while passing through Nagano I got caught in the quake they had there. I thought the bus was going to tip over, it shook that much.”
So I immediately sent a text to my mum and sister as they’d been equally worried about him.
“You might want to call your sister, she’s not well,” came the reply from my mum.
Thinking it was a cold/flu/stress-related thing that she normally had, I sent my sister a text and asked her what was wrong.
“Had blood test, ct san, all neg. I have slurred speech, can’t write, coordination probs on left-hand-side.”
Turns out she can’t write and so can’t work. She is bumping into things and has lost her sense of balance. She is having trouble brushing her hair, holding a knife and fork, doing all the stuff that normal people are supposed to be able to do. She went to sleep normal on Saturday night and woke up Sunday broken.
My mum is looking after her kids while she stays with my grandmother. Since they’ve just about ruled out tumors with the CT scan (yes, you must say, ‘It’s not a tumor!’ in your best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression) now they’re giving her an MRI and testing for MULTIPLE FUCKING SCLEROSIS.
Does anyone know if it’s genetic? Because if it is, I’m so going to order those ten inch nails for the voodoo doll of my father.
Not happy Jan. Not happy.