As you may have guessed, today was largely spent at the doctor's. I have to admit, they annoyed me a great deal because instead of allowing me to see a nurse to get my prescription (contraceptives for those who want to know!) I was told to go to a family planning clinic on Saturday. Well, I was not going to accept that so I decided to go to a walk-in doctor's surgery nearby. They said that I could sit and wait there, but it would be an hour before I was seen. Now I must admit, the thought did cross my mind that perhaps I should go to the clinic on Saturday, but then I shook my head and just sat down to wait. After all, when a woman needs contraception she needs contraception!
After the hour was up, I was seen by - yes, I am being truthful - a male nurse. I almost died laughing at the irony - a male nurse seeing a woman about contraception! I think by this point my boredom had taken over and I was just grateful to see someone! He gave me 3 weeks' worth of pills and also answered a few other questions that I had about my heart and my periods. I then wandered off to Boots to get my pills, and luckily got them for free! Good old NHS.
I then went to a lovely little shop that I've found called Magenta - they had cardigans on sale for £5 a go and I now own 7 of them! I have them in purple, red, black, charcoal, white, green and blue. They're really lovely because they have long sleeves, pockets and cover my bum as well as being made of a fabric that suits both winter and summer! I'm going to wear either my new red one or my new black one tomorrow with either a red or black hijab. Basically it all depends on how proficient I am at pinning the hijab tomorrow morning! I also plan to wear my blue jeans and small-heeled boots so insha'Allah that will look suitable for TV.
Now, as regards tomorrow, it looks like it will be great fun! We're going to arrive in London for 12:19 and then we will be whisked off to the studios for a 6-hour-long filming session, before being driven back to the station for our return trip to Norwich which will see us returning at about 10 pm. It's going to be a long day, but it will be well worth it when I get my message out there. My main message is, as it always has been, is to get out there and talk to your Muslim friends or talk to a Muslim on the bus, in the doctor's waiting area ... that will always be my message because through talking we can understand and through understanding we can breed more tolerance.
What I love most about doing interviews is that I can get my point of view across and that I can give people a message. Whenever I was asked what I would do if I ever became famous, I'd always say "I want to do something worthwhile" - and that is precisely what I'm doing now. I'm not on the BBC for beating up an old woman, I'm not in the papers because I took my top off ... I'm in the news and on TV because I took part in something to help others and to shine a light onto a group of people whose stories are well worth hearing.
There will, of course, be the story of my conversion and I will tell it as honestly as I can. Obviously there is the issue of my parents not knowing about my conversion but, to be honest, I don't think it's any of their business what religion I follow. They have not shown any interest in anything that I've done over the last two weeks, and I doubt they'll show any real interest in what I'm doing tomorrow, so I won't tell them about it unless they ask me. Mind you, given the level of interest on their part, I doubt they'll ask me!
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