Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ed Blows A 750

Today Eddie and I went to get our DOT Physicals. If you hold a CDL, every two years you have to pass a Department of Transportation Physical Exam.

They assess your hearing and eyesight, check your urine (for sugars, protein, blood, etc.), take your blood pressure and pulse rates, and give you a visual once over to make sure you don't have any physical problems.

The list of what they check for is extensive: tremors, cataracts, retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, middle ear disease, perforated eardrums, abnormal respiratory rate, deformities likely to interfere with breathing or swallowing, enlarged heart, murmurs, dyspnea, cyanosis, abnormal pulse, enlarged liver or spleen, hernia, varicose veins, limps, deformities, edema, loss of leg, foot, toe, arm, hand, fingers (these are easy ones to spot), whether or not you can maintain a grip on the steering wheel, mobility and strength in your lower limbs to operate foot pedals properly, impaired equilibrium, signs of alcoholism or drug abuse, ataxia and the
reflex some dude named Babinski discovered.

We both passed with flying colors but Ed had to use the
Peak Flow Meter to check his speed of expiration. Apparently, his expiratory flow is excellent since he blew a steady 750 and one 800. The doctor was impressed. Watch the fascinating video for yourself!

Riveting, wasn't it?

Well, we're good to go for another two years, so as they say in Italian, A Buona Salute! (To Good Health)

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1 comment:

all things bradbury said...

funny....i would NEVER have thought of eddie as a blowhard!...lololol.....congrats on you both passing the phyiscals with flying colors!!!