Mildly Amusing Medical Encounter
I have lost a lot of weight cycling. About 110 pounds so far. The most sobering thing about that, for me, is that after losing over 100 pounds I realized I still had more to lose. Needless to say, I still have a bit of a belly, but at 210ish pounds I don't look like I used to, but I am far from lean and fit looking.
Anyway, this evening I was doing some after-hours work (which happens to be at a medical center) replacing wiring closet UPS systems. In the midst of doing a particularly cramped closet I managed to crush my right ring finger between the floor and one of the units. It was extremely painful (still is). I jumped around a little with it throbbing, recited a few choice phrases, got some ice on it, but ultimately decided I needed to have it looked at as a work-related injury.
I went down the hall to get checked in and as the nurse was taking my vitals she stared at me a little funny and then asked, "Is it normal for your pulse to be so low?" I responded, "I don't know. How low is it?" She said, "55." I said, "Yeah, that is pretty normal."
Ok, so it isn't a big thing, but a couple of years ago it was closer to 80. Now, even though I am still a bit on the chunky side, daily bicycle riding has produced a very healthy cardiovascular system. It felt good to have an ER nurse not even believe her fancy instrumentation.