I went in for my annual wellness screening today — one of the perks of being a faculty member is that you get free testing of blood chemistry, etc. annually.  The testing also includes BMI, blood pressure, back flexibility, and muscular endurance (crunches).  Last year the guy measured me, said “You’re 5′ 6″,” and wrote 56 inches down for my height.  I was amazed when the results came back and there was all this advice on how to lose weight so that I wouldn’t be obese any more.  I figured this year I could grow 10 inches and do a lot better.

So the girl measures me, and writes down 6′ 7 1/2″.   I had to point out to her that I was closer to 5′ 7″.   They had the measuring tape on a wall with a conduit down on the floor where my heels were, which is where I got the extra inch and a half, but I’ll take it.    At 6′ 7″ and 144 pounds, though, I would have been getting information about how to kick my anorexia.

2 Responses to “Wellness”

  1. Cabell says:

    Last time I got measured at the doctor’s office, they didn’t even have me take off my boots, which had a good inch platform, and tried to record my height as 5’4″. I corrected them, because I care about truthiness in my height records. Not like you.

  2. K says:

    Every time I get measured at the doctor’s, they round my height up to 5’6″. I, too, will take that extra half an inch. I think they don’t have a slot for half-inches on their computer system.

    Sadly, I’d need to be 5’8″ to move to a lower BMI category. Maybe I need your nurse’s tape measure – I bet I could make it into normal if she thought I was 6’6″!

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