Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Of hospitals and (kind of) work

Today was the big hospital visit. We spent most of the almost two-hour visit waiting (and being winked at by an older gentleman). The first station was the 'quickfire challenge' - eyesight, height, weight, hearing test, colorblindness test, and blood pressure in about five minutes total.

We then moved on to the blood test, where once again the nurse could not find my veins (it's very difficult to gesture 'I have deep veins'). She actually withdrew quite a bit of blood, but we didn't have time to just sit around and we were sent directly to the bathroom for the urine test.

After that we went down to radiology to have x-rays taken of our lungs. It was like a huge, awkward hug with a machine.

Even if it was slightly strange, it was definitely a memorable experience. Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed and see if I pass everything - we get our results on Friday.

Most of the afternoon and evening was spent at the school, doing some important work and some time-wasting. I think I'm really lucky with the school and co-teachers I ended up with. They're all really nice, and I've been getting along really well with my neighbor (Jackie, from Florida) who got here a couple of days before me. Not only that, but she's a bit more outgoing and we've already got plans for multiple dinners/parties to go to with people we've just met (most are friends of friends though, so it's not like we're going around making plans with complete strangers).

All in all, things are going really well so far. We have just a couple more days until we're given our class assignments, and then the first day of classes will be on Monday.

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