Rough Guides: Top 10 Countries for 2014
So excited to be in #5: Georgia for the next two years. I will absolutely be visiting #4: Turkey at some point during or after service, and #8: Bulgaria as well as #9: Macedonia must happen in the near future as well. Onwards!!
Happy 53rd birthday to us! On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the executive order to officially establish the Peace Corps.
Hey, glad to help. I know it’s a really stressful process, especially when you get an abnormal result :( I had ASC-US, which is a bit different, but in general the management looks to be similar to a LSIL result.
MAP first told me "The follow-up for this abnormality would be at your gynecologist’s discretion. During your discussion with the gynecologist you can tell him/her that we follow ASCCP guidelines for managing abnormal cervical cancer screening tests and we are able to provide repeat Pap testing in a year, if that is the recommendation. Please make sure you upload a copy of their recommendations when you upload the Pap report."
The gynecologist I went to at first wrote me a letter saying I needed to get a repeat pap in 6 months. I was concerned that this would disqualify me because MAP said they would do it in a year. I went to another gynecologist for a second opinion and she wrote me a letter saying I could get a repeat in 6 months-1 year.
I sent in that letter, in addition to a bunch of links from the ASCCP (which the Peace Corps follows) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for good measure. Here are the links I sent to MAP:
- 2013 ASCCP Algorithms (find which page matches your age/LSIL results)
- Up-to-date recommendations (LSIL is about halfway down the page)
- 2008 ACOG Recommendations (a bit harder to read, but look for LSIL recommendations)
Once I had uploaded my letter, I immediately messaged MAP with those links and relevant quotes. I also asked them “Would it be possible for me to get confirmation that my pap results have been cleared (or not cleared) from the messaging system as well?” because I was concerned, like you, that this would prevent me from serving. I didn’t want to pay out of pocket for other medical stuff if that was it.
Luckily, I was then told by MAP by my newly-assigned nurse that "We also follow the ASCCP guidelines. The pap smear results that you submitted were reviewed and will not affect your invitation." so that was great news.
A lot of what I did—submit literature to medical professionals, get a second opinion just for a letter—may seem like overkill now in retrospect, but I am still really glad I did it. I would have been devastated if this had prevented me from getting medical clearance.
Anyway, I think your best shot is to check out where you fall in the ASCCP algorithms and submitting that to MAP if you’re an overachiever like me, as well as of course submitting your letter of recommendation from your physician.
Hope this helped! Keep me updated :)
Got a reminder/update email from the PC Georgia country desk today and was motivated to (re) begin some of the Georgian Language podcasts. Things keep getting realer—only a bit more than two months to go.
The intro & Lesson #1 lured me in to a false sense of complacence, then Lesson #2 came along. Consonant clusters galore!! What do I do with all of them!?
Georgian: 1 Angela: 0
Click through the photo to take a look at the Peace Corps Georgia Youtube Channel to get a feel of what I’ll be learning, as well as some volunteer showcases!
— The Dalai Lama (via lazyyogi)
Hey, thanks so much! Hope it’s okay that I’m ‘outing’ you on my blog… I’m very happy I won’t have to go through the application process again too, sorry to those reading this still pining away. I’m excited to go to Georgia and continue my blogging obsession : ) PS love PCGifParade, just the right type of humor and A+ references. Hope to contribute in the future!!