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agrilledfish
August 7th, 2012, 17:55
I have a health check tomorrow. While filling out the paperwork it seems that they're going to give me a barium exam. I've read that they don't normally administer it to young people (I'm 22) and that it's quite unpleasant. What do you think my chances are of opting out, and if so how should I go about it? I'm wondering if refusing to take it would blow up into a big deal that goes back to my BOE, in which case I'll just bite the bullet.

lilyanphino
August 7th, 2012, 17:57
I have never had to take that before, and it shouldn't be a big deal if you say no. It is your body after all, and I've never heard of that exam before.

Ini
August 7th, 2012, 18:03
I've have them and it's horrible, (especially when you are too tall for the X-ray machine so it fucks it up and you have to do it twice) I'm old and saggy though so I had to have it. For a young buck like yourself I'm sure you could get out of it. I always skip the blood tests because I'm a big girl and it's not a big deal.

Antonath
August 7th, 2012, 19:05
I've never had to take it in three years. I think it's only mandatory for people over 35 or so, or who have something in their medical history that means they need to take it.

Seeing as they bring in real medical staff to do the tests (rather than the nurstritionist handling it), they will probably assume you don't need it anyway. Though this is Japan, so god knows...

coop52
August 8th, 2012, 08:38
Yeah if you're young you don't have to take it. Just tell your supervisor that you don't want it. I had to have one when I was younger and it's pretty bad. The stuff tastes like chalk and makes you crazy constipated.

Page
August 8th, 2012, 09:11
Should be fine, just tell your base school nurse or whoever is handling it for you (whoever gave you the paperwork/info).

zero
August 8th, 2012, 09:31
Can you just opt out of any bits you don't want to do? I really don't want or need another ECG.

coop52
August 8th, 2012, 09:46
Some of that stuff is mandatory based on age. Most of that stuff seems to start at 24-5 or so, so if you're younger than that you might be ok.

zero
August 8th, 2012, 10:06
I'm 23. I guess I'll just ask but I've no doubt I'll just get the whole "yes yes yes yes ECG! now"

Ini
August 8th, 2012, 10:08
whats wrong with an ecg?

zero
August 8th, 2012, 10:22
What's wrong with blood tests?

Ini
August 8th, 2012, 10:25
you dont get stabbed having an ecg

zero
August 8th, 2012, 10:26
Yeah but there are like suction cup thingies which I have an irrational hatred of much like people have an irrational hatred of needles.

Ini
August 8th, 2012, 10:29
so you wont be starring in tentacle porn any time soon?

zero
August 8th, 2012, 10:32
Alas I will not.

Page
August 8th, 2012, 13:53
Guess it depends on your ken's idea of health checks but you should be able to opt out. I'm over 25 and I don't have to do anything out of the norm aside from blood and chest xray. And that old man giving me a breast exam in the back alley.

agrilledfish
August 8th, 2012, 17:11
Thanks guys. They were about to give me the barium so I just told them I didn't want it, and as expected it was no big deal. Although if I get stomach cancer now it's my own fault.

UPGRAYEDD
August 9th, 2012, 12:21
What a bunch of babies you are. At least you know who to blame if you for some small chance do have stomach cancer.

All over being slightly uncomfortable for 10 minutes?

Ini
August 10th, 2012, 08:42
10 minutes? I had a fever, stomach cramps and was shitting out more white goo than a asian american porn star for 48 hours

Scrotty
August 10th, 2012, 10:31
At least you know who to blame if you for some small chance do have stomach cancer.
yeah. helicobater pylori.

coop52
August 13th, 2012, 10:07
Agreeing w/ Ini- mine was an all day ordeal. You have to fast the night before, get up early to drink the nasty barium stuff, drink more of it during the exam, then shit concrete for the next day or so. It ain't fun.

MJN
August 21st, 2012, 20:15
Thanks to a fairly major operation I had a couple of years prior to JET, my BOE has pretty much told me they're scared to touch me health-wise, thus exempt from their medicals, and I can do things at my own accord should I want.

word
August 21st, 2012, 20:32
Christ, I hear a lot of people say sh*t like that. I am really, really, really thankful that I've been pretty much completely healthy for my entire life; never gone under the knife for any reason, and hope to keep it that way until I die in my sleep at age 436.

MJN
August 21st, 2012, 21:01
That's impossible as the older you get, the chance of being brutally but suddenly and very accidentally stabbed to death by an angry gaijin-hating native approaches 100%