I have missed the last 2 days on my 30 Day Challenge to blog. I will not give any excuses not writing but instead I am back with a vengeance. Here is the first one for the day:
Let me introduce Mr. Exrta Large lungs. It happened on Saturday we finally dragged ourselves to the doctors for the routine health checkup. This is testament to our national obsession not to let go anything that is free – even if it means shedding some blood.
I was already angry due my 12 hr fast for this test. To make matters worst we were running late. We were quickly whisked through to run the regular tests – ECG, blood pressure, X-ray and a series of blood tests.
But the real highlight of the day was the PEF Test (Peak Expiratory Flow). The nurse gives us small pocket sized equipment with markings that indicate the lung capacity. We were asked to take a deep breathe and blow into the equipment. I try once and nurse looks unimpressed and asks me to repeat the test. The following two attempts also had similar readings.
Then came Mr. Extra Large Lungs to do his reading with usual competitive spirit. He took a deep breathe and blew into the instrument with a scale-busting result (as he would like boast about). The nurse appeared flabbergasted as recorded the reading in her file. It turns out his reading is 760 as against the normal reading of 640 for people of his age and height.
Mr. Extra Large Lungs has been seen sporting a proud grin ever since and has been broadcasting his feat to the whole world to my extreme annoyance.
But deep under I admire his dedication of getting up every morning and hitting the gym for the last 10 months. Now I know what he has been upto - working on expanding his lungs…