Medical Visit #2
Trip Start Sep 26, 2011
22Trip End Ongoing
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In order to check for T.B., all VISA holders must have a chest x-ray done. Lucky me, I've already gotten a chest x-ray from the first time I had to get a medical visit for my VISA back in Paris in 2010, but you never know, I could've acquired something since then!? Therefore, the first thing I'm asked upon arrival is to go into a room, remove everything from waist-up and then wait to be called by a radiologist. Instead of standing with my chest against a giant screen like the last time, this time I was asked to stand in a large cubicle and then place my chest on a smaller screen. In case I didn't know where to place my boobs, they had a dummy-proof diagram of where your chest should be positioned on the screen. However, upon stepping inside the cubicle, I noticed I was too short to place my chest on the diagram. I turned to the radiologist, who then noticed I was too short as well. But no need to worry! She simply pressed a button and raised the floor of the cubicle to just the right height for my...well you know.
After the x-ray exam, I was then shuffled-off to have a private consultation with a doctor. Here, the doctor pulled out my exam and examined it for any abnormalities. For an excruciating three minutes of silence while he examined my chest, he then took the x-ray results and moved it towards and away his face, as if he saw something wrong. The silence was literally cutting me with a knife, I was beginning to panic: What does he see? Is there something wrong? Am I dying? Why is he staring at it for so long? What are those cloudy things on the x-ray results, do I have cancer? Why are you taking so long? Finally, he looks at me, gives me a short smile and places the x-ray results back into it's folder. I will never know what (if anything) is wrong with me.
The first question on his agenda was whether I was pregnant or not. By this point in my visit, I have already been asked the question twice. However, everyone has worded the question as: "Avez-vous le bebe?" (Do you have the baby?). The doctor asked me: "Vous etes enceinte?" (Are you pregnant?). Now the first time I heard him, I swear he said "Vous etes sante?" [*not grammatically correct French] (You have good health?). So therefore, I was about to say 'yes'. But after thinking for a split second about the nature of his question, I realized that probably wasn't what he was asking. I politely responded with a "Je ne sais pas" (I do not know), but he wouldn't re-word the question for me.
"Vous etes enceinte? Vous etes ENCEINTE? Qu'est-ce que c'est enceinte??"
"Je ne comprends pas! Enceinte? Je ne sais pas? Disez-moi!"
"Avez-vous le bebe?" (As he points to his stomach)
"Non! Bien sur!"
Now really, was it that hard to just phrase the question like that from the beginning? Thank goodness I didn't respond with a 'yes' like I was originally intending to say. That would've been a interesting outcome...
After the one-on-one consultation with the doctor, I was given my x-ray results to take home. Un cadeau de Grenoble? Lucky me! Just think, if I re-apply for this program for next year and get accepted, I would be getting another medical exam. Pretty soon I could be making some type of wall art with all my chest x-rays given to me by the French government.