Part of the joining process is to complete and pass an extensive medical. It was very VERY detailed. Step 1 was to fill in and sign a Health Declaration. This part was easy. The Dentist/ Doctors/ Pathology/ Radiology appointments were the problem! Being the organised control freak that I am, I had scheduled appointments with all of these people as soon as I received the “You Will Be Contacted” message. In my mind, everything was going according to plan. Doctor’s Appointment one: check. I had my blood tests the same day, and called a Perth Travel Clinic to schedule some bizarre vaccinations that my physician didn’t have and I was happy. The Dentist appointment was the next day. Unfortunately, my Dentist became unavoidably ill ON THE DAY THAT THE FORMS WERE DUE. Major panic mode! In the end, I went to an Emergency Dentist in the city, at the train station. There are so many things wrong with that sentence. The Dentist, whilst lovely, looked to be about my age (21) and cleaned my teeth so thoroughly I thought they were going to fall out of my head and walk out of there with me. Not enjoyable! My forms were filled out, x-rays done and dental forms uploaded into the portal. FINALLY!
Next up were my vaccinations. I am not squeamish, or afraid of needles whatsoever. As a blood donor, you become accustomed to a needle the size of a chopstick. Unfortunately, lots of small needles for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus accumulate to one very dead arm, and feeling like I had been walloped with a cricket bat. The great news is I am now immune to most of these things for life! It’s so exciting to think that I have to be immunised against all these tropical diseases because I don’t know where I’ll be flying to when I eventually start. How exotic 😉
The next step was to go back to the Doctor to discuss my blood test results and make sure everything was normal. Apart from low Iron levels (even though I am a massive carnivore) everything was clear! Then it was a QFG test and a Chest X-ray to show that don’t have tuberculosis. All the results came back and everything was fine. After a few emails back and forth from the CC Joining Team about my allergies and vitamins, I received my final approval and “Resignation” email. Talk about exciting!
Now I can focus on completing my pre-joining homework, packing and studying for the last 3 exams in my Undergraduate degree. Woo Hoo!There will be fun posts coming up soon, and there are lots of going away parties coming up, including My Big Fat Greek Going Away Lunch (complete with lamb on the spit), Danish “Christmas Eve” and also a girly High Tea!Just in case you hadn’t noticed, my blog (and life) are centred around food. Hopefully I’ll be sampling some authentic global cuisine soon!
Here is my latest obsession! Artisan du Chocolat Liquid Sea Salted Caramel Sauce. YUM! X