More appointments… in the Back to China process!

I needed to prepare myself for more appointments! I knew they were coming. The medical stuff was the next stage in the “Back to China” process and you all know how much I love these Doctor appointments. Last Thursday, November 29, we went to the lab in Resende to get blood work done. Only 2 vials, not too bad and then coffee and a cheese bun when we were finished.

Doctor’s order for blood work
Laclin Laboratory
David enjoying his coffee and cheese bun 🙂

Then it was off to Samer Hospital for an x-ray. I felt like I was walking back in time a bit seeing the basic equipment they use here but hey, if it gets the end result then that’s OK!

X-ray Order
Samer Hospital
x-ray equipment

What I appreciated the MOST was that here in Resende, they are VERY quick and efficient. There are no long line-ups, waits or delays. At the lab and at the hospital, we walked in and registered and were called immediately for our appointments.  It is WONDERFUL!!!

This is in a city of 120,000( 2010 statistics) So tell me… what is the problem in Canada, in our home town that causes the long lines and delays in getting appointments in a town that is far smaller, and that services an area less than half the size of this Brazilian city? I really don’t understand this anymore. Health Care in Brazil ( for a developing country) is fantastic!

This week on Tuesday December 4, we both had to go back to the hospital to collect our x-rays.(one of us couldn’t just pick them up) We both had to be there to sign for release of these records. A quick peek and everything looks normal to me, actually the medical paper says that everything is normal!

Now the last part of the medical process is a Doctor appointment and electrocardiogram.That was TODAY, Friday.I couldn’t sleep and woke up when the sun was coming up, I was a little nervous because this appointment was with a Brazilian doctor and not my own doctor like last time.

Do you recognize these forms? We have to do it ALL over again!!

Appointments were this afternoon with Dr Fernando Rodriguez. The electro cardiogram was interesting.  It felt like Frankenstein hooked up to all kinds of electrodes haha…much different equipment then we had in Canada.

Things went very well and we completed the medical with a good bill of health and now EVERYTHING should be complete and ready to be sent off to China! Then it’s just the waiting…


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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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