I had been putting it off for as long as I could, but finally after 6 months I had to go visit the hospital. No, I wasn’t in an accident nor was I sick. I was required to have a physical in order to obtain a work permit in Vietnam. This wasn’t like when I was in grade school where you make an appointment with your doctor and you simply brought in a note from her/him saying you had passed a physical. No, that would be way too simple and democratic. Remember, I live in a socialist country now; I had to go to the government hospital to have my ‘physical’.
I was a bit annoyed and excited by this. Annoyed because I knew it would be a long, drawn out process with a bunch of needless steps. Excited because I was going to see the inner workings of the largest hospital in HCMC that serves locals. No doubt, this would be a cultural adventure!
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