Of eyeglasses and medical examinations

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Thursday, July 10, 2008 with 3 comments
I was told I needed to have a pair of reading glasses before my medical examination is completed. I half-decidedly took on this overseas job for Dammam (here), and as an initial requirement, I needed to undergo a physical examination. Up till to this day I’m still having qualms if I really want to leave the country to work in a foreign land. Maybe I haven’t really seen what’s in store for me working as a physical therapist there. But two years of inactivity, I believe it’s high time I take the path toward my own professional growth. At least my mom is okay with the pay that my future employer has offered, however small it maybe. I’m thankful that they understand the current situation I’m in.

I never got to finish the medical examination this morning because, towards the last step of the process, we were told to come back at 1:00; it was already close to their lunch break. I spoke to one of their nurses and said that I’d rather have the meet-up with the bring-down-your-pants-tuwad doctor tomorrow morning as I still have work at 12:00. That means I need to rise up from my bed unusually early… again. Maybe I need to alter my biological clock now that I have a prospective 8:00-5:00 job.

Get a pair of reading eyewears, huh? I can not even picture myself wearing one. My vision is all fine. I’ve never really had a problem with my eyesight, but whenever I’m about to read the letters on the Snellen chart on every medical examination, I can only go as far as the fourth line. Having flunked this round, I was told to secure one. It was a let down though when the clinic personnel said that I just need to present a pair of graded eyeglasses to them before they can OK my result on my optical exam. It made me think, Is this only for a show? They said I can get one from them ASAP for P1,500. Profit? I replied, “I’ll rather get one outside.” I know myself, even when the littlest letters get blurry at times, I can still read them. But, for purposes of being “fit to work,” I better get one this weekend, show or no show.