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I will be 40 on January 19th. Hopefully, I will make weight before then!
Believe it or not, I actually passed this physical about 21 years ago. I don't remember all the details though, and I'm sure it has changed over the years.
Anyway, thanks for the info.
The link that I sent breaks down each maneuver, (not only the duckwalk but all the other ones you need to do that day also) and explains what it is that the doctor is looking for, so you know what the reason is for the move.
The link explains the duckwalk better than me but, you drop to a squat, like you are picking your keys up off the floor, then you waddle/walk like a duck with one foot in front of the other going heel to toe. Give it a practice because you will have to go about five steps in one direction and turn around to return, then when you go five more steps back you will stop and then bring your knees together and drop them to the ground together.
The link explains what they are looking for so that you will know what to do to make sure that you pass that. It wasn't so bad, you are dropping your knees but, you are dropping them from a squat position, not from standing, so it doesn't really hurt, just sounds noisy.
Yes, the visual is for a vulvar exam, the meps does NOT do pelvic exams only visual. They are checking, (no, not to make sure that we are really women like some of the young ladies were joking the day I went) for any lesions, or obvious worrisome things.
The digital for the hemoccult is as simple as they do at the gyne office, or rather, that they are "supposed" to do at the gyne office if you are 40 or over...I believe I heard that it is included in the standar fee but, that many women are unaware that they are being shortchanged by docs or care providers who do not do it. It is just one finger, it isn't like we have to cough as there is no deep search on us like for a man's prostate exame. It is not fun but, not difficult, just bear down a bit and it will be over before you know it.
The doc who did mine looked at my birthday and said, "oh, darn, I wish you would've come four months sooner!" I would've been 39 and she would not have had to do it.