I’ve never been asked before where my gallbladder is but today I was. There are a number of (and I think silly) medical tests to be done in order to get a work visa in China. Because I am the spouse of someone working in China I had to have the same tests done as Mark. His were done in the states and I have a feeling he should’ve waited. I think the tests here were minor compared to those he had done back home. I couldn’t do mine in WA because I’d had surgery and couldn’t get out. The only inconvenience of having them done here in Beijing is that Miles has pneumonia and I have bronchitis and the drive was 1 1/2 hrs away from our hotel. That was a long drive, plus it snowed and it’s cold and cold on the lungs.
The tests involved blood drawn,eye exam(which wasn’t even as thorough as an elementary school eye test), they checked my ears and my mouth. I had an X-ray done with my coat still on (odd), and also an ultrasound done, oh and an EKG (where the nurse almost yanked my shirt up over my head! The funniest part was the nurse that kept rolling the ultrasound thing over my lower right side. She called in my translator who asked me if I knew where my gallbladder was? I was so confused at first then it dawned on me she couldn’t see my gallbladder. I had it taken out after Kiah was born, 18 yrs ago! Too funny, like I’d lost it between WA and Beijing! It took 19 minutes and then Miles and I got back in the car with the driver (Mr.Wang who is so kind, doesn’t speak English but can read it, so I text him if I need to say something to him) and headed back to the hotel.
When I got back Sofia called from school having a hard time breathing. I guess having lived in a state with pristine air is getting to all of us. The school nurse asked Sofia where we moved from, when she told her Washington, she said “no wonder you are having a hard time breathing here”. We are spoiled in WA. You never know how good you have it until you leave! Oh, I saw the Bird’s nest today! I pointed it out to Miles as we drove by, but he never really watched the olympics with us and could’ve cared less. Even from the freeway it’s very impressive! Hope this finds you all well.