Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 6, Monday, 21st November 2011

As I write this, I realise that I am 5 days behind in the blog. The chief reason for this is that the place where I am located in Ta'if has very poor coverage for my connection from STC. I have to either go out of the house and sit on the steps of a shop that is closed and is located on the main road in my house locality, or go to Ta'if city where I can sit comfortably and surf the net. This is what I am doing now. I am in a supermarket called "Panda" where, on the ground floor, there are several chairs and a few tables that people sit and relax in. It helps that there is no one to question me or ask me what I am doing. Today, I am going to write about my sixth day on Saudi soil.

I had been told by the pathology guys at King Faisal hospital that I should go back there on Monday for the reports of the various tests done on me a few days earlier. I spoke with Raid as he has joined the department of physical rehabilitation at the very same place. He guided me about where to go etc, but I did most of this myself. I called at his department but he was not in at that time, having gone to some bank to open his account or something. Hence, I managed to run from one place to the other, getting reports, signatures and stamps on my documents till I had everything ready for the next step, which was to go to the Muderiya again. I glanced at the reports to make sure that there was no abnormal finding in any of them, and breathed a sigh of relief. Just before leaving, I met Raid in his department. After this, I caught a taxi and went to the Directorate of Health or the Muderiya. 

At this place, I was met by a clerical person, who helped me go through the next several steps. I was told that I was being posted at a place called "Muwayh" or "Muoya", which is located on the main road to Riyadh. I tried to convince them to post me in Ta'if but there was no let-up either by the clerks or the main doctor there, Dr. Ashref. He and I conversed for about 2-3 minutes, but he told me not to worry as his information showed that Muwayh was not all that undeveloped and that I should see it first before complaining about this. I retreated, and went back to the clerk and signed some documents and what looked to me like a contract. I went back to Dr. Ashref, who then telephoned the mudeer of the hospital in Muwayh and informed him about me. He told me that the mudeer would contact me in 24 hours, and that I could expect him to send a car within a day to take me to my work location, viz. Muwayh. After this, he printed out some letter which was meant to be for the Mudeer of the hospital in Muwayh and handed it over to me.

This done, I went back to my house in the suburbs, and in the evening, I did 5-6 rounds of the locality with Raid. All in all, a nice day. In the night, I packed some of the things I had all around in the room, and prepared to embark on a new journey the next day.

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