“When you stand in front of the entrance, go to the right corner, and then to the second window – knock there. Come at 12:00.”
I stood, went, and knocked.
“We need that plastic card, thank you. Wait here. You will be called. Then go two windows down. Yeah, we do it McDonnel’s style here.”
I took my plastic card back, waited, and after a few minutes I heard the typical sound of a plastic shutter being pulled up. A window was opened. The lady inside gesticulated at me, “please move up”.
“Ah Herr Mago. Please take off the mask.” “Where will you insert the thing – nose or mouth ?” “Just mouth – open wide please. Yes, it needs to twitch – it twitched, thank you. Results tomorrow, phone in in the late morning, please.” “Thank you, doctor.”
In the eighties the “test you definitely want to fail” was the AIDS test. In these days it is the test for corona virus – I definitely do not want to carry that thing around. And because a) last week (I think) our father of the country (and possibly next chancellor) said that any Bavarian (Franconians included) shall have the possibility to test for the virus, because b) it is free & payed for by the health insurance, finally because c) I felt pretty lousy over the weekend and
was nagged & pushed all of a sudden became responsible and grown up, I phoned my GP yesterday and asked.
I definitely do not want to be a “spreader”.
They started their works Monday midday, guerrilla tactics perhaps, because in the late afternoon, when I deliver my kids back to home, all had changed. They did not dig an innocent hole in the road, far from it – they started in the middle of the village and from there ripped out the tarmac for at least three kilometers outside the settlement, of course exactly the road I regularily have to use. So in the afternoon I needed someone to show me the way.
I already had gone lost in the Suebian wilderness some months ago (while I had the nazi trulla with me) caused by another detour, they simply had forgotten (or not cared to) to put up enough signs : I ended up nowhere & it took me ages to find my way back.
But this time I just needed to follow a little red car, driven by an experienced rally driver. And while I tried not to ditch the vehicle, and avoided collisions with enthusiastic local rally talents, all of a sudden my co-driver said, with a little panic in her voice, that I should stop. Now. Because the little boy behind me was acting strange.
I could not stop, because I had to follow the little red dot on the horizon. I stopped when we reached civilisation again, turned around in my seat, and saw the boy staring into the big nothing, some distant galaxy to his left, upwards. No reactions. I thought he had a kind of bout, I saw this before – and I have to confess that it made me angry at first. Because this is an important information I need to know about a kid, and – as I may already have mentioned here – we need to have emergency medication and, most important, clear instructions. This boy is earmarked as not in danger of seizures of any kind.
By this time my co-driver nearly freaked out, she never had wittnessed something like that before, interestingly despite the fact that she has many more years of practice in this job than me.
I got out, opened the slide door, and looked at him trying to come to a decision. All of a sudden he let out a giant burp, and some small amount of yellow matter fell on his t-shirt. He turned to his right, looked at me & said “Heimi” – yeah, darling home we go !
I knew that we were close to his home, so when he showed reactions I deceided to head to his place (and not to call emergency service) ; I put some local rally talents to shame in doing so.
When we arrived he was talking, or better : reacting again, and uncoordinated in his movements. When I had taken him over at the institution, he had been his usual bubbly self. Just with wet hands. His absence had lasted for approximately six or seven minutes. When he finally stood in his parent’s driveway, at his father’s hand, he was not able to keep posture.
It took me a little until the penny dropped : Do you want to suggest something ?