These Aren’t The Words I Was Looking For

“You are not medically qualified.”

These aren’t the words I was looking for.

I finally heard from Raytheon’s medical department today. They have determined I am not medically qualified for deployment to Antarctica based upon an illness from which I suffered in early 2007. I have started the process of obtaining a waiver from this decision since, you know, I’m not sick. This process takes up to eight weeks. While I hope they reverse their decision, after speaking with the medical staff, I am not hopeful.

As it stands now, I am not going to Antarctica for the October, 2009 through February, 2010 season.

From Dream to Nightmare

Just last week, I received an email from Raytheon seeking information to assist with my housing assignment for the Winfly season. Winfly is the process of bringing people to McMurdo to begin the transition from the winter season (with its 157 people) to the summer season (population of over 1,000). I was hopeful that upon being medically qualified, I would be sent to Antarctica in mid-August, rather than early October.

Funny how things change.

I will get to Antarctica some day, just probably not this upcoming season.

Thank you for all the support, phone calls, emails and encouraging words everyone has given me through this process.

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