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I treat my body like a distillation column

By Chemical Engineering |

My personal physician looks at me like I am a distillation column. Dr. Dianne English worked as a chemical engineer for about five years before attending and completing medical school. As an engineer, she worked for Champlin and Conoco-Phillips — and visited some of the same processing units that I did early during my career. Our conversations are in a language that chemical engineers only half understand, and that nurses only half understand. In fact, our conversations are so unsettling to nurses that they sometimes leave the examining room — pretending to be needed at some non-existent emergencies. Dr. English calls me in for examinations about every six months; she calls them “troubleshoots.” Her examination room contains human body PFD’s. I offered her an FRI distillation unit PFD, but she thought I was kidding. She believes that mass must balance. If I eat too much, and if I ride my bike too little, I accumulate mass. She also believes in heat balances. When I accumulate heat, it shows up as a fever. 37°C is my temperature target (98.6°F for the U.S. readers). My heart is the reflux pump. My blood is the reflux. Blood carries oxygen. Reflux carries clean light compounds. Valves seem to be…
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