Soon, So Very Soon

While in town yesterday, I stopped by the recruiting office.  I fixed a discrepancy in my packet and talked to my recruiter a bit.  He mentioned that I could possibly be going to MEPS only for the physical portion next week.  I will find out when I call them on Monday.

My husband mentioned wanting to be the one to swear me in, which would be pretty awesome and make it all that more special, but I believe that would have to be something done at MEPS.  I still have some time to find out the answer to that though.

I was told that I will go to MEPS for the physical part only and after I am cleared physically, I will be able to reserve a job with my recruiter at the station.  Since we’ll be dual military, I require a waiver, which hopefully will not take too long to process.  Not quite sure if that paperwork will come prior to attending MEPS or after but I have that to look forward to.

Authorized To Physical

At 1535 today I received an email from my recruiter.  All the body said was “WOOOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!”  Scrolled down and read the email he forwarded and at the top of it said “Authorized to physical.”  Further down it says “This information is provided to complete the record and to notify to continue processing.”

So I’m one step closer.  I think my recruiter has to do a few things and then I’ll be able to be scheduled a time to visit MEPS.

A week ago today I dropped off the medical documents from my last appointment so I guess it was decent time for them to get back to us.

I still haven’t told very many people.  Especially not family.

Last Medical Step Before MEPS…?

A week ago I had my (hopefully) final appointment before being able to go to MEPS.  The doctor I saw said my knee was “rock solid” after manipulating it every which way to see how it held up, if it slid, snapped, or felt off.  He wrote in the notes on the form that I was cleared for all physical activities.  I’m hoping that’s it and that I hear back soon if I can move forward.

It’s hard to believe that it has been seven months since I started this process.  It’s been hard to stay completely motivated when you feel like it’s going nowhere.

It took me a while to update this because this past weekend we met up with some of my friends in Vegas.  But hopefully I hear back soon regarding MEPS.

The Never Ending Story

I thought I’d be hearing good news this week regarding MEPS.  About an hour ago, I received an email from my recruiter.  The message read, “These doctors are pissin me off they want more stuff….”  followed by forwarded email they sent him and an attachment stating the required documents.

Back when I had the ortho exam done, the MAJ put in a referral for me to be looked at by an outside doctor regarding my ability to perform simple PT tasks.  I didn’t think it was something I HAD to do but apparently because it was stated in the report, they need it.  If it’s the same place the MAJ had told me about, it is over 2 hours from where I live.  One way.  But looking at the referral form I received in the mail a week or two ago, it’s a closer location.  But I’m honestly not sure what the purpose is for this particular visit.

I called the number on the referral form and left a message that made me sound like an idiot, probably.  Calling to schedule an appointment for a treatment that I’m not entirely sure what it will entail… yeah, sounded like an idiot.  I left my name, number and mentioned TRICARE… I hope they’ll be able to figure it out.  I’ve never had to use an outside doctor since getting on TRICARE.


Power Outage + Med Prescreen 2.0

July 22: Got an email from SSG H requesting me to fill out a new medical prescreen form.  The one he sent to MEPS was expired so they needed a new one.  Basically just initial next to each x, next to two statements, and sign in 5 spots. Just as I was attempting to send the signed scanned files, the electricity on post went out.  My plans to enlist were once again foiled by technology.

The electricity was out for just over 24 hours.  And thankfully the temperature didn’t exceed about 100° so it could have been much worse.  We were thinking we’d be without power for a couple days longer and the unit even set up a few ice distribution points allowing each family and single soldiers to pick up one bag of ice on  Tuesday morning.

I was sitting out in my car with Luna charging my phone, reading a book and enjoying the a/c when the power came back on Tuesday afternoon.  I wouldn’t have known if C hadn’t texted me asking if our power was back, his was at the office.

Wednesday was my 26th birthday.  I did a few sprints with Luna, went into the house to do some push ups and sit ups and then took her on a mile run.  My run time was about 10:00 but with a minute break more than halfway through for Luna to do her business, it would have been about a 9:00 run.  Then I got ready and drove into town to get the medical prescreen form signed.  I used half a tank of gas to do so.  If I had known C would be in meetings all afternoon and wouldn’t be able to eat lunch, I wouldn’t have picked up lunch for the both of us and hurried home.  Oh well, the form needed to be signed anyway.  SSG H said we should hear in a week or so.

I suppose I ought to start thinking about how I’m going to inform my family about my decision.

For my birthday, C got me a Jawbone Up fitness band that I had been eyeing for a couple weeks.  Pretty excited.  I currently have it set to alert me when I’ve been idle for 30 minutes.  It’s a nice reminder that I should get up and move around a bit.  I met over half my goal (10,000) for steps this morning with a 2 mile walk with Luna this morning. Kind of neat to see progress over the course of a day in a nice little graph.

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Run Time & MEPS (Still Waiting)

Today I went for a mile run on the track.  It was between 0800 and 0900 and already 90 degrees outside.  I accomplished my fastest mile run since using MapMyRun, I think.  I ran it in 8 minutes and 15 seconds.  Pretty impressive considering we ate out all of last week and it wasn’t always the healthiest (we did do a lot of walking while at the parks, though).

I ran last Saturday and Monday morning before we left for San Diego.  Saturday was on the track (8:57) and Monday was through the neighborhood (9:10).  My legs felt heavy and the hills definitely didn’t help my time that day.  I’m looking forward to increasing my time and getting it in the 7 minute range.

The day we left for San Diego, my recruiter called me letting me know MEPS needed another document to which I responded that I would get it to him when I returned in a week since he forgot I told him I’d be gone.  Today I went to the patient administration division office to get the xray interpretation document, scanned it into a PDF and emailed to him.  So hopefully now I’m in the clear to go to MEPS for the physical.  Fingers crossed.  Before our vacation, I was down to 144 lbs.  I’m hoping I’ll be back down to that, at least, before going.  I’m back up to my body’s comfortable 149… but it’s time to break that comfort level.  I’m going to try running more regularly from now on.

Coming Soon To A MEPS Near You!

Today I took my ACL documents and xrays to the recruiting station.  They will be taken down to MEPS on Monday.  And quite possibly, if the doctors don’t find anything else for me to give them, I should be going to MEPS for the physical in about two weeks time!  And then shortly after that, reserve my MOS, AND THEN swear in!  Holy cow it’s finally happening.

I’m glad I found a place to print the xrays out on film, which apparently is $10 a sheet.  Who knew.  But the place I went to did it for me for free.  The lady was so nice.  Originally she was going to try fitting them all on one sheet and wouldn’t charge me for one but she put two images per page at 3 pages total.  And still didn’t charge me.

Leave officially starts tomorrow for my husband.  And next week we’ll be celebrating our belated honeymoon.  I cannot wait.  So many fun activities planned.


But Wait… There’s More!

The ortho exam went well.  The MAJ that looked at my knee said it shouldn’t be an issue at all for enlisting.  Which is great.  At first he wanted to have me go off post and get an MRI done, but feels it’d do more harm than good since there is some sort of metal in there that looks like a sun burst.  I guess it’s from the two screws in my knee but he said it would obscure the image on the MRI.  He put in a referral  to a place that does plyo-type activities.  I guess that’s just to check my performance to see that I don’t have any problems.

When I went in, I filled out a form with my information.  One question asked on a scale of 1-10 how much pain I was in.  Since I wasn’t in pain, I wrote “1”.  The MAJ asked me about my pain and I told him I wasn’t in pain and that I suppose I should have written “0”.  He said I was alert (if that was the word he used, I forget) and that maybe I would be good for intel (he had asked previously to that what MOS I was looking into and I mentioned medical, communications or intel).  I thought that was kind of funny.  Apparently someone else had answered likewise and he had mentioned that it should include a zero but no one has changed the form yet.

Unfortunately they do not print off the x ray film prints, which is what my recruiter said they’d want at MEPS but I was able to get my hands on the digital copies and hopefully either that will be okay or I’ll have to find a place off post that will print the images for me.

I was apprehensive about this being the final step before MEPS and I was right in feeling that way since now I have a few more things to do before I can go, apparently.  I plan on discussing this with my recruiter tomorrow after I call the place I was referred to for more information and possibly to schedule an appt.

I feel like I’m stuck in one of those infomercials – “Call now and receive an ortho exam… but wait! There’s more!”  One of these days this process will end.  Right?

ACL Operative Report: Check

While at the pharmacy picking up my script for the mini pill (a prerequisite to even consider getting Nexplanon implanted), I decided I’d check with the medical records desk to see if they had received my ACL documents from the hospital that had performed the surgery.  They had not.  But today I received a call that they had received them.  I was super excited because the packet contained one of the pieces I needed in the enlisting puzzle.  All I need now is to have my ortho exam on the 1st, obtain the xrays I had done over a week ago, and take it all to my recruiter for him to send off to MEPS.

It’s funny because the packet even has a patient status report where the doctor wrote that I was fit for military duty in 2008.  I suppose that is no longer valid though, just like every other document I had from that time.

Today I have also been planning our very belated honeymoon.  I’m only like 19 months late.  But it’s normal for military couples to not have a honeymoon right after the wedding.  And where C is stationed, he’s only really able to take leave certain times of the year due to the training here.

We’re going to spend a week in San Diego and I’m trying to pack as many activities as I possibly can since we don’t leave post all that often due to the time and distance it takes to get anywhere worth driving.  SeaWorld reinstated their military passes (1 free day for military and up to 3 dependents).  I’m pretty excited since when I checked in May when we were there for the ball, I don’t believe they offered it then.  C wants to go to LegoLand since he’s a kid at heart and I am looking into a wine tasting tour that takes us along the coast in a train.  We’re also planning on catching as many movies in theater as we can.  We don’t leave post for a movie much because we don’t like to leave Luna kenneled for longer than 5 hours or so and it takes an hour and a half just to get to the theater.

Today has been a good day. Productive. Just not in the exercising sense.