Monday, January 24, 2005

Rules & Regulations

This is just a quick "AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH" type post. BigDaddy has been working toward becoming a firefighter lately. He's planning to apply for a paid firefighter position in Austin. Today he read through the medical regulations for firefighters. There are Category A and Category B conditions. Category A conditions disqualify you. Category B conditions don't disqualify you if you can perform the duties of the job. When BigDaddy was 15, he had a series of back surgeries and metal rods placed in his back. This is a Category A condition. Disqualified. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 - DISQUALIFIED!!! The following is an example of some Category B conditions:
(1)*Deformities of the skull such as depressions or exostoses
(2)*Deformities of the skull associated with evidence of disease of the brain,
spinal cord, or peripheral nerves
(3)*Loss or congenital absence of the bony substance of the skull

So if you had PART OF YOUR SKULL MISSING or your skull was deformed because of BRAIN DISEASE you would not necessarily be disqualified, but BigDaddy is because he had surgery almost 20 years ago. He can bench press and squat more than many guys twice his size, yet he may be disqualified based on a rule. He called the fire Captain to see if there are ever exceptions to the rules.

I know Heavenly Father has a plan for our family, and I sure hope that if BigDaddy can't be a fireman, we can find out what else he/we are supposed to be doing!

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