Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The end of a dream/looking for a silver lining

So, I spoke with the Army rep this morning.

I won't be enlisting. There are a lot of medical conditions that preclude enlistment, and I happen to have a couple of them listed in my medical records. Yeah, they give waivers for stuff, but the likelihood of my getting a waiver is slim to none - mainly because I've had my spine fused. The Army doesn't want people with spinal fusions, no matter how well rehabbed they are. I also have arthritis in my shoulder, and the Army doesn't like that either.

So, there ends that dream for me.

I'm ok with it, though. I wasn't putting all my eggs in one basket; I had a plan B and I'll be putting that plan B into effect shortly.

I'm applying to attend the Fire Science class at the same college I did my EMT classes at. I'm looking at starting this fall, and this spring I'm looking to join a volunteer FD in my area.

I'm still going to run 5k races and hopefully a 10k later this year, and I'm still going to focus on getting stronger and healthier. That was going to happen regardless of whether I enlisted or not.

This isn't an end for me, this is just the start of a new path.


Epijunky said...

Oh honey...

I know that whatever you choose to do you will absolutely rock. It's just a shame that the Army doesn't know you like we all do.

I love ya girl. Maybe one day I'll get to run one of those with you.

Ninja Medic said...

I love you too, chickie.

If I ever run a half, I'd want to run it with you. :-)

Chris said...

That's a bit of a bugger!

Hope it hasn't upset you too much - I thought it was a given by now.


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that the Army did not work out for you. Did you try the Navy or Air force? NGOs are also looking for people but usually you need your paramedic or nursing degree. I was also told that the military is looking for civilian contractors for certain medical positions. It's a rumor so dig around a bit. I will be following in your footsteps and eventually doing the volunteer fire fighter gig. Anyways, much luck in your future endeavors. If I hear anything I'll let you know.