We all breathe a sigh of relief once we get that invite. It’s as if the battle has been won and the wait is finally over. Well…Not really!!!
After receiving my Moldova invite, I went through the Volunteer Handbook with a fine tooth comb!1) Because I’m anil! 2) Because I’m anxious and I want to know as much as I can as fast as I can. Well, I discovered a very important note in the Health section of the handbook…If you start any new medications after having been medically cleared you have to alert OMS. Well, I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal, seeing as though the major health issues had been resolved. Reporting a new medication seemed rather minute.
To make a long story short, OMS has put a hold on my account due to this new development and if things do not go according to plan over the next few weeks I may not be able to depart in June. Needless to say, I am in a bad mood, although I am trying to be optimistic about this entire situation. It’s just really hard considering there is NOTHING I mean I can’t think of ONE THING I’d rather do than be a Peace Corps volunteer at this point in time. If I can’t leave in June, I won’t have another assignment until 2011, which would probably temporarily devastate me!!!!!
Along with lots of intense prayer, I’m gathering the paperwork, making the neccessary appointments, and trusting that I am mean to do this.
Let this be a learning experience for all of you out there…make sure you are logistically set BEFORE your departure date! Read the handbook and follow it!!! I was told that had I waited to bring this up in country, I could have been sent home!!! My spirits are a little low, but hopefully I’ll have better news in a few weeks.