I’ve been back in rainy England for a week now and I’m starting to panic about all the things I’ll have to do before I leave for good. I know that I started this Visa process 10 months ago but I’m going to put my lack of readiness for leaving down to human nature and not to my own world class procrastination skills. I only have two steps left of the Visa process still to undertake; the medical in London and the interview itself. Once I’ve had the interview I’m free to leave once my passport and paperwork gets sent back to me from the US embassy. I really am on the final leg of this long journey now and I’m pretty excited for it to be over. My wife and I have our fingers crossed for a June interview date at the moment, but I’ll keep you posted.
I’m actually more nervous about the medical than I am about the interview. It’s at a private hospital, costs £240 and can only be done at one place in London no matter where you live in the UK. So for me, like many others, it’s a full day out. The medical involves a blood test for syphilis (charming I know), a chest X-ray for TB and lots of questions to ensure that I won’t be a danger to myself or others when I move to the US. It also involves standing naked and having my body examined by a doctor, including an examination of my family jewels (I’ve read peoples write ups where the doctor has made eye contact at this point). I’ve read about people getting so nervous that their blood pressure is so high they need to have it taken again at a later date. I’m sure I’ll be fine though even though I hate my blood being taken.
I also have a huge to do list from selling my car (it’s so old I’ll get double if I fill the petrol tank first) to closing my bank accounts and selling or giving away the stuff that I don’t want to take to the US. I can already see what will happen, I’ll be complacent right up to the interview date then I’ll try to get everything done in just two weeks! Hey, that strategy worked at university anyway. I’m also starting to think about all the friends and family I want to spend time with before I leave and the places that I want to see. Can I interest anyone in walking Hadrian’s Wall with me? The good news is that it’s coming up to summer, the days are getting longer and I feel pretty damn good about myself. The melancholy days of January and February seem far behind me now.