Passed a phone screen this afternoon as a candidate for the control group in a medical study on chronic fatigue syndrome and related conditions. Doctors are hoping they can find some commonalities among people who live with these conditions, and of course they need a control group for the study.
Among the factors they're looking for in the control group is "low-active adults." That's me! Most of my physical activity, if you can call it that, is from walking the dogs. I do a little bit of exercise bike riding, but not regularly enough. That may change, but in the meantime it's an advantage that I don't get a lot of exercise.
They also don't want smokers (occasional cigar isn't a problem, she says; they just don't want daily cigarette smokers) or heavy drinkers (regularly more than four drinks a day or fourteen a week).
In-person medical screen isn't for a few weeks, but sounds straightforward. Height and weight and vitals and a blood draw. If I pass that screening as well, the study will involve some tests before, while, and after riding an exercise bike a couple of times.
The study is happening at Ithaca College here in Ithaca, and at the ID Medical Office in Torrance, California.
If you're interested, check out my friend Rebecca's post: