>> Wednesday, November 15, 2006
All right, it's the middle of November and we haven't even sent in our medical packets yet. We got them at the beginning of September and after a month or so of fruitless calls to the VA hospitals near us, I finally had some luck at a military base about 2 hours away. We had to go to a federal facility because we didn't have the $1500 or so that it would have cost to get the tests done on our own (no insurance--sorry mom!). We had our appointment set for the middle of October and after an undue amount of bureaucratic fervor we made it onto the base late but in enough time for our blood to be drawn for the labs and for the doctor to see us before lunch. We considered ourselves lucky to be back home before dark, but we still had to wait for the lab results to come back before we had our forms filled out and mailed to us.
After we got our packets back Holly noticed (after I failed to for a week or so) that our forms weren't signed by the doctor. We are going to have to mail them back and cross our fingers that we can mail them to the Peace Corps sometime next week. Now I really regret waiting at all after we got the forms, but maybe this way we won't have the months of waiting that punctual volunteers complain about ;).