I'm healthy... apparently
In order to get my work visa, I have to complete a medical check every two years and today was my latest visit. I've done 2-3 of these now in Kunming and it's interesting to see how they change and what stays worryingly the same. The initial form to fill in has a lot less Chinglish these days and there's now some sort of process and order about what you have to have checked, and where. The price has tripled in 5 years, but thankfully my school pay for it to be done. The over-staffing remains ridiculous. In the first room your blood pressure is checked by two nurses. In the second room two more are assigned to weigh you and measure your height. The eye-test lady (Room 3) told me to remove my glasses and read down the list as far as possible. I had to explain that I couldn't even see the list without my glasses. She shrugged, told me to put my glasses back on and marked my form with 20/20 vision. More nurses for blood tests, ECG, chest x-ray, urine sample, ultrasound... oh yes, I was well-probed! One novelty, new to me at least, was another nurse whose job it was to point a gun [see photo] at me and shoot my forehead with a laser! This apparently measured my temperature. I confess I thought this was just "Chinese traditional medicine mumbo jumbo" until I checked it out later on the internet. Yes, they do exist and they do work (though how is beyond me)! So now I'm officially healthy. Thankfully they remained blissfully unaware of my continuing headaches, dizzy attacks, gout and neck pain. Phew!
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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