I have been away. For a reason. But I am back, like always. With a load to unload. Back to blog therapy. Back to my own space. Back to myself. For better or for worse.
A lot of stuff to come on this space. More regularly that is. Are you with me?
The Swedish medical system has me stumped. There’s a bit of admiration, though the intrigue is more than the admiration.
I was suffering some amount of chest pain. Nothing extraordinary, I initially thought that it must have been due to playing excess volleyball (too much sudden physical exercise after a long time), or eating too much. But when the pain persisted, I decided to check out the Swedish medical system. They have a weird but good system, which means that as a tax payer, I cannot spend more than a certain amount on medical expenses in a given year; there is a ceiling to my expenses, beyond that the government pitches in. In my last two years I have never felt the need to go to a doctor (yes I am that fit ;) ), so my balance to that was zero. I first had to struggle to get an appointment. In summer, when the whole of
I came out of the doctors chamber and walked up to the clinic laboratory. A young but cranky nurse approaches.
Me: Hej, Jag heter Merlin, Hur mår du?
She gives me a wry smile which could turn water into ice. She has called my bluff, in some unknown way, she had figured that’s the only sentence of Swedish I know.
Nurse: Take off your shirt.
I swear, those are the first words she said to me. No “hi”s, no “hello”s, no “how are you”s. Just “Take off your shirt”. I have never been told anything like this by a member of the opposite sex at my first meeting. But the tone was pretty commanding, and I obliged.
Nurse: Do you exercise?
Me: Err.. yes, I mean I play volleyball, table tennis, and football
. Does that count?
Nurse (with a I-don’t-believe-you-don’t-go-to-the-gym look): No.
She performs the ECG without a word. Then with a grunt says “Everything is normal, cannot find anything wrong”. I start saying “I would have thought so”, but she was gone by the time I opened my mouth. This lady does not approve of or socialize with someone who does not work out at least 2 hours in the gym. Which rules out all IT consultants. With a lot of difficulty I found my way out of the maze like hospital, to be caught at the reception and told “Someone will get back to you”. Someone did, and scheduled me for a wide array of more tests where I was subjected to more of the Swedish medical technology and a lot more of “Take off your shirt”. At the end of my ordeal, I was introducing myself as “Jag hither Guinea Pig”.
To give them the due credit, they did find a few heartbeats out of place, which should not have been there. But I shrugged and attributed it to the girl I am in love with, and the nurse did not seem to have objections. And that was that. Oh, and by the way, I did reach the limit of my medical expenses for the year. Which isn’t much, but I guess they made sure I contributed my bit to the Swedish
I am not much into tags. But some I do. Here’s the tag where I have been tagged by Rhapsody and by Wishesgalore . You can dodge one, but there is now way you can dodge two talented bloggers. So here goes.
Here are the rules :
Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real- nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.
1. What is your name: Merlin
2. A four Letter Word: Mess :)
3. A boy's Name: Michael (in memory of MJ)
4. A girl's Name: Midge (the cutie from Archie, remember?)
5. An occupation: Management consultant (cough cough)
6. A colour: Magenta
7. Something you wear: My attitude (corny, I know, tell me if you have a better suggestion ;))
8. A food: Maacher Jhaal (ah! At last, I can use my Bong skills :) )
9. Something found in the bathroom: Mirror
10. A place:
11. A reason for being late: Metro delay (not common, but still usable)
12. Something you shout: It starts with M, but is not mentionable here!!!!
13. A movie title: Matrix (the one and only!)
14. Something you drink: Margarita and Mojito :)
15. A musical group: Metallica (oooohhh!!)
16. An animal: Mammoth
18. A type of car: Mercedes McLaren SLR (Anglo-German supercar jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive.. just awesome. I should also put a pic.. I know, I am such a "guy")
19. Something scary: Merlin :P
20. Ice cream flavour: Mango
Happy independence day! The Indians in Sweden seem to be more excited about this day than the counterparts in India. Maybe because outside the patriotic perspective is more pronounced. So I shall partake in the celebrations and party hosted by a friend and be engulfed by true patriotic feelings! Ciao till next time!