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The Medical, Part II

The Medical went well Thursday morning. The staff were helpful, spoke decent English, and were super efficient in moving along a constant stream of patients. Or is that, clients? Clients I guess, as we were not there to see the ‘specialist’ doctor as patients, but as clients looking to complete another step, in a year-long process, towards our Permanent Residency.

The doctor, on the other hand, did little in the way of anything other than ask a few questions. Take my blood pressure. And process my paperwork, once signed by him, through a scanner, onto his computer, for direct transmission to Immigration. It was all very quick, formal, and I need not have worried about having to get my paperwork sent in on time, to Ottawa.

It’s all automated through eMedical, a system set up for just this process; how very 21st century of Canada.

I even got a copy of my results emailed to me directly, Saturday morning, for my own records. What’s more was the actual results; I was given a clean bill of health on all counts. Well, on all counts requested: HIV, Hep-C, tuberculosis, kidneys and venereal diseases. The only thing to be concerned about was my blood sugar, which was 6.9 — pre-diabetic I’m told. Normal ranges from 4.8 to 6.5 — so I’m not that far off normal. Still, it’s something to watch out for.

Other than that, I have to say, it was a very well oiled machine, and didn’t take the full one and half hours they say to schedule. Maybe we went on a good day, who knows. Whatever, I’m just happy it’s another step completed, and relieved that the results are sent confidentially, and directly. All very civilized.

Now, we wait again to hear what the next step is.

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