There are not many uncanny ways to pocket some cash. And what if you are paid to simply laze around in bed, sounds heavenly, doesn't it? Well, this is something that actually happened with 28-year-old Drew Iwanicki. Do you hear it mom, lying around isn't always worthless? Let's hear out his story closely and learn how to make our next big bucks.
Look at this face, he's our guy Drew Iwanicki who decided that the traditional ways of making money were boring, so he became a part of NASA study, paying him $18000 to lie down on bed for 70 days straight. The study was titled "CFT 70(Countermeasure and Functional Testing) in Head-Down Tilt.
Certainly for him, finding a new job was very yawn, so instead he took a break, accepting NASA's offer. It was the first research he ever participated in. He was chosen among 25,000 applicants. "It was kind of perfect timing where I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next. Then I saw this crazy opportunity to do a once-in-a-lifetime thing, make a good chunk of money, and also take a step back and reflect on what I wanted my next move to be."
Iwanicki told that the first few days were very difficult for his body as it had to make a lot of adjustments to the new environment. "I've never had any serious type of hospitalization, so the idea of bed rest was a very foreign idea. Then the fact that I was not able to sit up makes it more extreme. Physically, it was a painful experience; the body is not used to laying down for extended periods of time. "
"I experienced some serious headaches because the blood pressure increased in my head. My spine went through some serious pain. Staying horizontal is difficult. I've been told that it is difficult for the spine to deal with all the pressure of the organs lying on the spine throughout the day." Tilting his bed at a negative six-degree angle with his feet over his head, Iwanicki wasn't permitted to lay flat like normal people. Fortunately for him, he could turn to his side and stomach. "In the first couple of days, I would curl into the fetal position so I could extend my back and release some of the pressure. I spent most of my day rolling over from my back to my stomach to change things up and relieve some of the pressure on my spine."
Turns out lying on a bed isn't very convenient if you aren't allowed to move much. "I had a bedside table where I could keep a lot of my things. There was a bracket which could hold my laptop. I would clamp my laptop in and hold it over my head. I would be lying on my back and looking up at my laptop screen; it was pretty comfortable and convenient. But after using the computer for a long period of time - I would be holding my arms up in the air, so they would get sore after a while - I would have to take breaks to stretch out my arms and muscles."
And to add cherry on the top, he had a very tight sleeping schedule to go with everything else. He explained: "I was on a regimented sleep schedule. Lights out at 10 p.m., lights on at 6 a.m. No napping allowed during the day, which is one of the cruelest jokes about being stuck in bed all day, not being able to nap." He was monitored through camera 24/7. Look, he even has a 'pee-jug'.
Eating food wasn't as smooth as we'd imagine. "It was a little bit difficult in that food just sits in your chest because usually you are sitting up while you eat so you have gravity pushing the food down into your stomach and digestive system. But when you are laying down, it just lingers around your chest area. You get full quickly. "You had to clean your plate with no bites left behind. If there were some ketchup on the side, you had to use every bit of ketchup. There were times where some of the condiments came out in funny amounts because they were calculating calories and nutrients. I would get French toast in the morning and they would bring me about four times the syrup that I wanted to use. There were a couple of occasions where I thought that I finished my breakfast and used enough of the syrup but they took a look at my plate and they would tell me to take a shot of syrup and finish my plate after I already had finished the meal."
On December 2, 2014, his 70 days rest finally came to an end when the study ended. He explains his first experience outside the bed which became his virtual home. "As soon as the bed was tilted to the vertical position, my legs felt heavier than ever before. My heart started to beat at 150 BPMs. My skin became itchy; I was covered in sweat. Blood rushed into my legs, expanding the veins that had become increasingly elastic throughout the past several months of bed rest. I felt like I was going to faint. "I was fighting to remain standing from the start, and it only became more difficult. Around the eight-minute mark, my pulse dropped from 150 down to 70. My body was about to collapse. As my vision started to go black, the staff saw my numbers drop on the machines and promptly returned the bed to the horizontal position."
Now, not giving a participation certificate would be plain rude of NASA people. So, yeah, he got one.
He's been trying to be become a part of another study ever since. "You have to be very healthy. You have to have a completely clean bill of health. You have to be completely clean of any drugs; they test for alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. You can't even be taking applied vitamin pills. "It's pretty tricky to get in there, and there's also a big market of people that are trying to get in these studies - it's a good way to make money, especially for people that aren't very qualified for other work. I've met some crazy characters in these studies. You can also have a criminal record and they don't really care. It's a good way for a felon to make legal money."