Indeed. Seems I have more issues to wrap up than I thought. You’d be surprised how quickly certain arrangements fall apart when you’re not around to troubleshoot. Couple that with nightly lightning storms that are wreaking havoc with internet connections in the Roanoke area, and you can see why I’ve not been back. Furthermore, job-hunting is annoying; job-hunting in torrential rain is moreso. But anyhow…
Long story short, I apparently have a condition known as Patello-Femoral Syndrome. From what I understand of it, it means that my kneecap is abnormally loose (which is true; I’ve always been able to dislocate it at will), and extended periods of strenuous activity – such as running three miles daily – cause it to grate against the femur, wearing down the cartilege and causing swelling and intense pain. I worked through it for three and a half weeks without saying anything, but I finally succumbed to a sudden burst of agony that caused me to faceplant in the middle of the running track. I crawled off the track, was immediately surrounded by IDMTs, and was taken to Wilford Hall Medical Center, where it was determined that I should be assigned to Medical Hold. So, I sat and rotted in the 319th TRS for a month or so while they made the decision to discharge me and sent me through out-processing, and now, here I am. Fun stuff.
Since my condition was technically pre-existing, they tried to hit me with fraudulent enlistment, but I was forthcoming with all medical info to both my recruiter and the MEPS, so they were out of luck on that count. Still, according to the ADS guy who briefed us on VA benefits, I’m not eligible to file any sort of a claim. So, it’s back to yon job hunt. The current plan is to see if the local Cox center is looking for bottom-tier Tech Support dweebs. Waiting tables has gotten me used to a customer-service mindset, and I’m eventually going to finish up my Comp Sci degree, so I might as well work in a semi-related field in the meantime and try to save up some cash.
But, who knows what the future holds. For right now, I’m just glad to be back.