Monday, February 22, 2010

medical in the mail. phew.

finally. i got the medical packet in the mail. i got a call this morning that my lab results were in and looked good. yay!. i decided to make copies and double-check everything before i went to pick them up. good thing i did because i noticed that the nurse practitioner that did my medical examination didn't have the doctor co-sign the forms. i had the doctor sign them while i picked up my labs. i had it in the mail in time to go out today. i hope that i got everything taken care of.

i am actually surprised at how quickly i got in and out of the doctor's offices. i mean i know i'm not out of the woods yet, but i'm hoping. it took just over two weeks to finish everything. that includes getting my wisdom teeth out! i think that is pretty impressive.

So now i wait. & wait. & wait some more. i have to admit that i am completely jealous of reading all of the posts about invitations. most of those getting their invites now applied around the same time i did. moving and deciding to do the master's international program definitely slowed my application process down. i have to just keep reminding myself that at the end of it i will come out with my master's degree. that is totally worth the wait. & i think the skills i am gaining in school right now are going to be so useful in my peace corps service. i just can't wait to get started.
right now i'm just hoping for an easy medical clearance.

here's to hoping,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

one step forward, two steps back.

i got my wisdom teeth pulled today. it was a pretty unfortunate experience, but it puts me that much closer to finishing all of my medical stuff. it wouldn't be that bad, but all i can eat is soft stuff and i am finding out that almost all soft stuff is sweet. yogurt, pudding, shakes, smoothies...a sweet tooth's dream. too bad i'm a fan of salty. i'm not in much pain though and the swelling is nonexistent, though i hear that will be worse by friday.

in other news, i called my doctor yesterday to see if my lab results were in yet and she said i could pick them up this afternoon. i was stoked to be able to mail everything out today! unfortunately about fifteen minutes after getting my teeth out this morning my doctor called and told me that one of the lab results came back a little fishy. she said it was no big, but she wants me to redo the test. so i am going back in to get more blood taken tomorrow. then it will be another week of the waiting game. at least i am becoming a veteran at it...patience has always been a weakness of mine. it's amazing what the peace corps application process can do for you.

i have to admit that i am slightly nervous about the lab tests, but my doctor wasn't stressing it so i'm trying not to. i just can't wait to get this packet in the mail. my goal was to have it in by friday...guess i might have to wait for next week. the fact that my nomination is for a year from now should really keep me from being overly eager.

in the meantime...working on my patience bone.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


i have decided to start a blog to document my thoughts and opinions throughout the peace corps application process.

let me start by saying this is mostly for myself, but if someone somewhere gets some sort of benefit from my ramblings that is awesome. a little bit about myself: my name is emily & i am 22 years old. i turned in my application for the peace corps sometime last april. i am currently a master's international student at george mason studying tesl. i was nominated for secondary education english teacher training somewhere unknown in the world leaving between jan and march of 2011. apparently MI students don't really get a clue about where they are headed. it just makes the process that much more suspenseful i reckon.

i am currently undergoing the medical evaluation portion of the application process. i got my medical packet on monday. i had my medical evaluation on tuesday and ran over to lenscrafters to get them to fill out the eye glasses from. it took them two hours to fill the form out, but at least it is done. i had my dentist appointment today and found out i have to get my wisdom teeth taken i'm pretty much just stuck in a waiting period right now. I am waiting on lab results to get back and waiting on my appointment to get my teeth out. i'm not leaving for another year so i'm not really stressing it. so far i haven't had much stress with the medical process & i am kinda hoping it stays that way.

in other news, i bought the insider's guide to the peace corps by dillon banerjee. i drove out to barnes and noble about 40 minutes away from my house just to get it. it may not have been the wisest decision considering the blizzard we just had, but my mustang and i both made it back safely. as for the book- go get it! it is awesome and i am already learning so much. i have definitely read everything i can on the internet about PC, but this book goes above and beyond. <3 it.

until next time,