Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Results

"For International Traveller", I wonder who he is?

Yesterday I received the results from my medical test. I think I'm in the clear after reading that I have "no quarrantinable disease, infectious disease under surveillance or any other disease which is highly dangerous to the public". This means I can renew my work permit and stay in China for another year. I have also been given two souvenirs from the trip: a certificate of health (see above), and the X-Ray of my chest.

As I thought would be the case, my blood pressure was a little high -- but not too bad -- and my pulse was also over 100BPM. You can see how ingrained the fear of hospitals is wedged into my subconscious mind. I blame it on a visit to a hospital when I was 10 years old. While at my grandma's house I fell onto one of those metal draught excluders that are placed underneath doors which lead to the outside. I had cut my leg wide open. Thankfully my grandma used to be a nurse and she knew exactly what to do. We rushed to the nearest hospital and saw a doctor (whose name I still remember: Jim Smalley). He had to stitch me up, but this meant applying anaesthetic -- which had to go directly into the wound, with injections, six times. I can still recall the pain to this day, it was horrendous. Fourteen stitches later and I was out of the hospital with a kind of relief I have never experienced since.

Although I am no psychologist or psychiatrist, I am sure this has played a huge part in my completely uncontrollable fear of hospitals to this day. Anyway, I am officially disease-free, so I should be happy.

I promise to have no more hospital-related blog posts for -- hopefully -- a long time. It makes me feel a little queasy.

7 comments:

Legendary Gaz said...

Chris Egginton has "no quarrantinable disease, infectious disease under surveillance or any other disease which is highly dangerous to the public" should be your facebook status. lol

no pic of the xray? you afraid we'll find out your the tin man?

Glad you dont have any quarrantinable disease, infectious disease under surveillance or any other disease which is highly dangerous to the public. it would be a bummer if you did lol.

Chris said...

Thanks Gaz, I'm changing my facebook status now. I tried taking a picture of my X-ray but I had nowhere to prop it up in front of a light, and it just kept falling down.

flyingfish said...

Congratulations on the clean bill. :)

mabelp said...

Hey Chris! Congratulation! Health is the most important thing indeed! Now I know why your blood pressure would get high whenever you go to a hospital as you have a painful experience before. Do you still have a scar on your leg?

Chris said...

Thank you flyingfish and Mabel! Yes, I do still have the scar on my leg although it's much less visible than before. It's a perfect letter "V".

The Acolyte Tao said...

A "V" hah, just get these letters tattooed behind it: a-g-i-n-a.
Hm, high school immaturity showing, well, I suppose I can still have a few more of those moments, can't always act a fool.

Only cool I have though is one in between my eyebrows, but not a cool story for it...

大眼睛熊 said...

Ur healthy!! Yeah yeah!! :D