Yesterday marked eight weeks since the Peace Corps received my medical packet. It’s supposed to take between four and six weeks for them to review it. Since I hadn’t heard from them since they got the thing, I figured I would be pro-active (even though I HATE that term, almost as much as I hate the terms ‘action item’ and ‘outside the box’) and call them up.
The nurse in charge of my file is named Anthony. Anthony is efficient and helpful. Anthony also:
- Has a very thick Southern accent
- Talks really, really fast, and
- Pauses for awkward amounts of time—just long enough, in fact, that I think he is waiting for me to reply, so I start to talk, but then he suddenly continues, and then we are both talking, me at a fairly standard rate and him as if I’ve just raised my paddle in a climactic bid for a stunning 19th century Shaker Hutch. And then we both sort of stop and wonder what just happened.
Although I must give credit where credit is due and add that even though I often have no idea what Anthony is saying, all I have to do to get a hold of him is dial a number and enter his extension. No phone trees, no trying to Articulate Every Syllable to a robot who seems to know every letter beside R, S, T, L, N and E. Which is more than I can say for Verizon, a company that can turn even me, the most unshakable of optimists, into a suicidal basket case in less then 11 minutes.
So anyway, I let Anthony know that it had been two months and I hadn’t heard anything. And he said, “Oh yes. Let me see here…(pause, this one much less awkward)…looks like you should be hearing from us in 45-60 days.”
FORTY FIVE TO SIXTY DAYS!!!
Oh my. Apparently I am still ‘right on track’, its just that there are a lot of other people with much higher priority than me. Like people who are leaving the country in July. Which I understand—it makes sense that they would need to process those files first. And I’ve read and been told over and over again that the number one quality a PC volunteer needs to possess is patience. So. Here I am, being patient. Mostly.
The one nugget of good news ol’ Tony was able to give me was that apparently a file can be received and cleared in one day. It’s just a matter of getting that file in front of the right person. So it could feasibly be less than ANOTHER TWO MONTHS before I hear.
I suppose this is where that optimism I was mentioning earlier comes into play.