Friday, August 24, 2007

Ultrasound canceled by a strike

I read in the paper today that the regional assembly declared a 24-hour general strike for this coming Tuesday. From what I could understand, it’s in support of Sucre. Several regions will be joining in, paralyzing the majority of the country.

I called Maria to ask what that means. “There will be no transportation,” she said. “Neither government agencies, nor private companies will be working.”

“So we have the day off?”

“Yes.”It doesn’t do much good to have the day off when there is no transportation and you can’t go anywhere. I’m going to have to cancel the appointment I had for an ultrasound on Tuesday afternoon. That’s disappointing since I was looking forward to getting a good view of the baby for the first time. I hope it will be possible to reschedule before leaving. The same service of a 3D or 4D ultrasound that costs $25 here in Bolivia costs $400 in the U.S.

I asked one of my roommates why she thought the strike was being called.

“Every region wants to be independent, to manage its own resources,” she said.

“So Bolivia could become a bunch of miniature countries?”


I asked if there would truly be no transportation available during the strike. I imagined some of the drivers must need the money.

“They make an agreement that anyone who is out driving will get attacked, will have their tires burned. So everyone stays home.” Guess I have no choice.

Note: I did eventually get the ultrasound done in Bolivia, it was professional and modern, and it cost $25. Seeing the baby as he really looked helped me to see him as a person much more so than the standard ultrasounds that show something resembling a bug. If you find yourself overseas during your pregnancy and it's the right time (24 weeks plus) you might be able to get a 3 or 4-D ultrasound at a very competitive price.