So.. I was watching some show or other on TV the night before last and there was a brief ad - a call for people to participate in a clinical study - the only qualification was that you have to use either Glucophage or Metform (the generic form of Glucophage) both of which are medications for diabetes control.
The phone number was local so I assumed that the research center was local as well. Yesterday morning I called and made an appointment for this morning. Turns out this center runs multiple studies for pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies, etc.
After my initial interview they decided that while I was a candidate for the diabetes study, they really wanted me for their high blood pressure study.
Eighteen weeks, weekly visits, check-ups and physicals, plus full blood tests, EKGs and echo cardiograms, etc.
I get a new blood pressure monitor, and the test meds, plus $40.00 per visit as a stipend. Not bad.
Today was the initial physical, and the initial EKG. Monday is the initial echo cardiogram. That's all I know for now