Those closest to me know I've been SO looking forward to a job as a new hire, driving school bus for our local school here in our small community! The perfect job, perfect pay, and soooo close to home! I lined up my physical and finger printing for today, and I arrived for the DOT physical and drug test on schedule.
Of course the doctor was NOT on schedule. I waited - nearly 2 hours, and I had the fingerprinting scheduled 2.5 hours after my physical, thinking for certain that would be enough time! NOT.
I passed the physical in flying colors. However, I was informed that because I take insulin once a day, that automatically disqualifies me from receiving a license to drive school bus or anything other than my own vehicle. Out of frustration, I started to cry. You can understand that I've struggled for 2 years trying to find employment, begging for interviews, asking to work for FREE (and getting rejected even for THAT) - it has been so hard! The doctor asked, "Do you harbor feelings of guilt?" "Do you have trouble sleeping at night?" "Do things seem to move in slow motion, or too rapidly, in daily life?" "Who is your family doctor?" I looked at him incredulously! He then said, "I must inform you that we have contacted an ambulance service to transport you to a Suicide Prevention Treatment Center, and we will contact your personal physician..." You have never seen a person change from an exam gown to street clothes so rapidly! I left that Occupational Diagnostics Center, elbows flinging away their grasping fingertips, before they could hit the facility lock-down button! Imagine that! And, as I drove away, the ambulance was pulling up to the main entrance!
What started out as a wonderfully happy day filled with anticipation of a new direction in life, new employment, and a fun filled afternoon soon turned into an outrageous nightmare! I suppose the old adage "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched" still rings true. And another caveat to remember: Never show any emotion at a medical facility!
What Can Happen NEXT??