So I woke up on Thursday 11 November (exactly a week from leaving Perth!) and the 'cramps' were still there but we had planned to spend the day in Hakone and I was determined not to let something like period pains stop me from going on a cable car and a pirate ship!!!
I remember saying to Ross as we bought supplies for the hour train ride to Hakone if the pains are still there by the time we get to London I'll go to a doctor (that was in 4 days time!). Hakone is beautiful and probably is still one of my favourite things we have done so far in Tokyo! We visited the open-air sculpture park which was a definite highlight for me! The onsen footspa was bliss and the cute school girl who tried her english skills out on us was super 'kawaii'! My pains got pretty bad as I would physically have to stop and wait till they pass- Ross was pretty worried but I assured him everything was AOK and lets keep exploring!
We took the funicular up the mountain then took cable cars over Hakone which was spectacular we even caught a glimpse of Mount Fuji and saw the sun set over the mountains it was simply stunning! We had to run to catch the last pirate ship of the day but made it with seconds to spare so we were pleased as punch!
On the way back to our hotel Ross suggested we stop off at our favourite district Shimokitazawa and have dinner. We found this super cool place which was up this narrow staircase and filled with super cool hip kids and we were like YES! The whole menu was in Japanese (yes we know we are in Japan...haha) so we decided to order what our neighbouring table was ordering which was pretty embarrassing but funny. We would point to their dishes and nod- our waiter and our next door neighbours thought we were hilarious...we felt like dorks and wished we could read Japanese :)
We dined on sashimi, tofu and some type of steamboat and washed it down with beer and g&t's! Geez I know right...raw fish and alcohol biggest no-no's but hey I was still in the dark! Lots of my friends and family are like "How did you not know you were pregnant?' and I have asked myself this question everyday and worked out I had an excuse for everything that could have been a pregnancy sign. Gained a little extra weight- late nights at the office and pizza, baby kicking- thought it was bad digestion, cravings- thought I was lacking dairy (the only craving was yoghurt with nuts)- crazy right?
Exhausted from a great day of sight-seeing we trekked back to the hotel and fell into bed...! Ross went straight to sleep and I had one of the worst sleep of my life....
My 'cramps' became more constant and I started to think there was something seriously wrong with me but never did 'pregnant' come into my mind. Everything from a twisted cyst in my ovaries to severe constipation went through my brain. At about 5am after taking a long bath I emerged from the bathroom and tearfully told Ross I needed to go to hospital because I feel like I'm going to die...so dramatic I know!
We rushed down to reception where the lovely staff tried to find us a hospital which would see me. Luckily we found one around the corner so we jumped into taxi. By this stage I was in so much pain I had my eyes closed trying to forget the bizarre stabbing pains which were completely foreign.
I was escorted into a room after filling out some forms of-course! The doctor looked at my tummy and told me I needed to pee into a cup (this was all in pigeon english) and for whatever reason I couldn't do it so they decided to do an ultrasound and I remember peeking at the doctor who had this shocked look on his face and him pointing to something on the screen. Next he told us he needed to call the gynaecologist and this is where I started to freak out...I still thought I had a twisted cyst!