According to schedule, I should be in Sana'a by now. However, the adventure has been rerouted.
Last Wednesday, after a series of events ending with getting sick on the way to the airport, I canceled my trip to Yemen. I found out from Peace Corps last week that my blood count was low, lower than normal. Although my doctor is not concerned (considering I'm in good health), my Medical Officer at PC is. Low blood count usually means low blood clotting (dangerous if you were to get severely injured).
Although my doctor says I'm fine and in great health all around, my Medical officer says I'm not at PC level yet. I'm required to either get another test with higher blood count or get hematology examinations done to prove I am a healthy, normal person who just happens to have low blood count. The good news is that if I can get it in with good results by August 11th, I'll be invited to depart with PC in September!!!
In the meantime, I need to pump up the iron (and I don't mean just Arnold Shwartsnegger style). I'm taking my multivitamins with iron. (Although this usually only improves red blood count, I'm hoping it will somehow improve platlet count as well.) Also, I'm on my way back home to Virginia Beach for the summer to work and save up for any further medical fees. Not to mention, it will be good to spend some time with the family before leaving for PC for two years.
I'm sad to have had to decline Yemen for now, but I know it's best. For now, I need to focus on getting ready for Peace Corps financially, mentally, and physically.