I recently accepted a job teaching English at a university in Zhejiang Province. Now I am supposed to be getting the physical form filled out and sent to the university so they can get the invitation letter authorized.
I have put a lot into finding this job, because I had some previous bad experiences with being ignored by recruiters because of my age, which is just over 60. So I went ahead and did it myself, and in the process managed to get myself quite worked up about going to China. Now it seems like maybe I have been worrying about this too much because my blood pressure is way up, as in 160 to 175 over 75 to 88.
This has happened to me before. I have never been too concerned about it since both of my parents are now in their 80s and have high blood pressure for years. I have always managed to get it to come down without medication by cutting out salt, drinking lot of water, walking a lot, and trying to deal with whatever it is I am worrying about.
But this takes time, and I am not sure if I have enough time for that now. Classes start Sept 15, and they want me there a week early. I have written to the very nice FAO lady, briefly explaining the situation, and asking her to give me a deadline for when they must have the completed form, but I have not sent it yet.
What I would like to ask you is how serious the Chinese government takes these physicals? I can understand their wanting to keep the flow of communicable diseases into the country at a minimum, but what is their attitude about non-communicable health issues such as blood pressure?
Any other comments or suggestions you might have about this situation would be very greatly appreciated.