Wednesday, 30 September 2009

A step closer to booking my medical

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the prospect of a medical and chest x-rays scares me silly.  So, I'm taking baby steps.  A couple of weeks ago I gave blood for the first time in 15 years. Aside from the health benefits, it was an easy opportunity to be tested for anemia, hepatitis, HIV, syphillis and other nasties.  Not that I was expecting to have any of these diseases, I just couldn't bear the angst of not finding out until much later into my visa application.

I was also reminded that I have a reasonably rare blood type and now that I know that they're still happy to accept my donation I will be a regular giver.  It was disappointing to read that once I'm finally resident in Australia, I won't ever be able to donate to the Australia Blood Service due to the fact that I was living in the UK for more than six months between 1980-1996 - the height of the BSE crisis.

The next thing I need to do is register at my local GPs surgery, as I've dropped through the cracks of the NHS.  With that comes a lifestyle questionnaire (how much do you drink? Too much! How many do you smoke? Thankfully none, never.  How often do you excercise? Not enough) as well as a blood and urine test.  Still, I don't need to do that just yet - baby steps.....

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