I received a letter the other day.
The health mob have made an appointment for me to have a stress test.
I have to report to the hospital wearing loose clothing and comfortable shoes and carrying a towel.
I know a little bit about stress tests. They take the material in question and subject it to various tortures until it breaks, and from that they can deduce how much strain similar materials will behave and set various safety limits. It’s a simple enough process.
So presumably they are going to subject me to various stresses and strains until I fail? And what constitutes a fail? Are they going to wait until I collapse in a gibbering sweaty heap begging for mercy? Is that what the towel is for? For me to throw it in? Or are they just going to go the whole hog and keep stressing me until the heart fails and I drop dead? Am I to be sacrificed in order that limits may be set for others?
These are fairly important questions, for me at least.
They don’t mention any of that in the letter.