Yesterday morning I had to go get a bone density scan, and then I had to get a CT scan after that. I had to drink a big cup cup of contrast for the CT scan, wait 30 minutes, drink another big cup of contrast and then wait another 30 minutes before I could actually get the CT scan. SO, that meant that I spent lots of time waiting. And what's better to do while waiting than read!
A couple months ago my mom and I started reading a book called The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times (the first in a trilogy of books). Here's a synopsis of the book:
At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in post war London's East End slums. The colorful characters she meets while delivering babies all over London-from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives to the woman with twenty-four children who can't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city's seedier side-illuminate a fascinating time in history.
I first became acquainted with this book after my friend Sienna introduced me to the BBC show Call the Midwife which is based off of this book trilogy. My mom, Chandra and I watched the first season of the show and we all really liked it. I got the second season of the show on DVD last month for my birthday. I still haven't watched it yet, because I'm hoping to re-watch the first season beforehand (after I finish the book).
Mom was able to do a fair amount of reading to me yesterday while we were waiting and we finished all but the last chapter of our book (which we finished after we got home). We both really enjoyed the book. It was really interesting to read about the ins and outs of midwifery in the 1950's. I'm interested in reading the next two books in the trilogy, but I've got a lot of books on my "to read" list that I need to get to first.