08 December 2010

Medical Checkup

Note: This is in the series of blog posts I wrote about my preparation to move to New Zealand. The original date stamps will give you an idea of how time-consuming migration takes. The 'New Zealand' tag will bring up all related posts.

[Originally written on 22/6/2010]
Finished my medical checkup a couple of weeks back and it was a breeze. I went to Penang X-Ray Specialist Clinic along Dato' Keramat Road around 9.15am. Because I needed to fast for my urine test I was a little hungry and couldn't wait to get it over with.

The test itself was pretty straightforward.
  1. Peed into a cup.
  2. Took off my shirt for a chest x-ray (had to hold my breath and really push up against the plate).
  3. Tested my vision (only 1 mistake in the 20/20 range).
  4. Blood pressure reading.
  5. Stripped down to my underwear, and then the doctor proceeded to check my eyes, ear canal, body inspection, and even peered into my underwear twice.
  6. Finally, the doctor drew my blood but had some difficulties getting the needle in, resulting in a large blue bruise on my elbow for the whole week. Nurses are more qualified in this regard!
It took less than an hour, and everything was ready in 4 days. Everything came back fine except a couple of points on my blood test. I suspect it might be related to the haphazard way the doctor took my blood...

It's been a long journey to get to this stage, but I've completed almost everything that I can. I only need to print out my bank statement and bring everything to Immigration New Zealand (Singapore branch) on 13th July...
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Since my chest x-ray did not show any abnormalities, I did not have to submit it to INZ but I brought it just in case. In the end, it was not asked of me.

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