Best Laid Plans

Easy to get a prescription from your Chinese doctor.

Easy to get a prescription from your Chinese doctor.

I did my homework before moving to Shanghai, read books, researched online and even joined an expat email group so I could ask questions. One thing everyone said was bring a three month supply of your prescription medicines. Fortunately, I only take one medicine to control my moderately high blood pressure. I got a  four month supply. And I lost it somewhere between the apartment in Seattle and the hotel room in Shanghai. Everything else that was in my medicine cabinet in Seattle is here with me now, except that.  So, last week I made an appointment with our new doctor here in Shanghai and went and explained my tale of woe.

“Do you have your passport?” the receptionist asked.

“No, it’s with the Entry-Exit Bureau waiting for my Residency Permit.

“Okay, no problem, you bring it next time.”

The doctor then saw me, and because they did not have the medicine I’d been taking for the past 7 , or so, years he offered me the choice of waiting for them to order it, or switching to a newer, more modern drug that  has less impact on the kidneys. I took the new medicine.

So, with my new prescription in hand, my next stop was the China Unicom store to buy a micro sim card for my unlocked AT&T phone.

“Do you have your passport?” the clerk asked.

“No, it’s with the Entry-Exit Bureau waiting for my Residency Permit.

“Sorry, I can’t sell you a sim card or a cell phone without your passport,” he replied.

“But I have my temporary travel papers issued by the Police and I have a copy of my passport,” I persisted.

“No. No passport, no phone card.”

And so it goes in China.

2 thoughts on “Best Laid Plans

  1. So you want I should email ya dat dere sim card fella? (Sorry for the bad Chicago accent)

    • Tom, my phone is toast. Melinda is back in the States for most of November, she’ll exchange it at the store. Meanwhile, I still need to get a China Unicom micro sim card, or I’ll wind up buying a Chinese cellphone.

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