Isn't it amazing how things that seem insuperable when you're ill or under the weather magically appear possible when you're feeling sprightly?
All the time I was ill I was whittling about getting tested to fly to America. Which was the right test to have? Was it really acceptable to have a rapid antigen test (i.e. lateral flow test) and not a full blown PCR? And would things change before my travel date of November 9th?
Why has arranging this trip been so laden with anxiety? It's not really because the list of things to get sorted out has been longer than usual:
- Visa waiver
- NHS certificate of vaccination - will paper do or should I get digital as a back up?
- Research and book tests - which? and from whom? and when?
- Travel insurance (which boils down for me to medical insurance if I'm going to the USA)
- Plane ticket - which route? how to be sure of getting to Heathrow now Insulate Britain are still gluing themselves to motorways?
- Medication for the plane flight
- Extra normal medication for while I am away
- US dollars
- Presents for all the family
- Decision on which of my small paintings to give to Isaac and Wendy