Monday, March 9, 2015

Kind of like your 16th birthday...

...well, not really.

As a PWD (person-with-diabetes) I often find myself in situations where I wish I could pull out my "Licensed Diabetic" card. You know, something that shows I can take care of myself, that I understand how to interpret Blood Glucose readings, that I know what a carbohydrate is and how to count them, that I understand how to dose and administer insulin, that I'm generally aware of my condition and make a conscious effort to control it to the best of my ability. It would act as a "get-out-of-limiting-situations" free card. [Ahem...it would also be available in your favorite color...]

It's not like its "that bad" to get a letter from your doctor, but it is just so gosh darn frequent. Every time someone mentions those words, "Yeah, I'm going to need a letter from your doctor," I imagine the boss from Office Space smearing his words over the cubical walls, "Yeaaaaaah, I'm going to need you to come in on Saturday." I feel like jumping up and shouting, "Take my blood, take my urine, shoot puffs of air in my eyes, dilate the crap out of them, look in my ears, test those too, take an EKG while you're at it!!!! But can we just skip the Doctor's note this year?! Really, I'm still a Diabetic, but things haven't changed, I still know how to take care of myself."

Ok, fine, you caught me, I'm in another round of renewing my Flight Controller Physical at NASA. And as my doctor thoroughly pointed out, they follow the guidelines laid out by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Air Traffic Controllers (if you're curious check out App. B for Insulin Treated Diabetes Mellitus). Pro: Hurray for the process being a tiny bit better than getting my Class III special issuance, Con: still need a letter from my doctors (endo and eye doc). 

Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of being healthy in this job. I am, after all, piloting a multi-billion dollar space station with 6 people onboard. I just feel like I am constantly asking for doctor's notes, and my endo is constantly wondering, "What in the world is she doing to warrant so many letters?" [Going where no Type 1 Diabetic has gone before...duuuhhhh]

Oh well, life continues, doctor's note after doctor's note. Side note: I have a big evaluation-type sim next week, so keep all that positive energy flowing!! So far it's been working great!!