NROTC Scholarship - Medical Waiver Possible for Bronchitis induced asthma > age 12?

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  1. maryner

    maryner New Member

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    Hello, I received an NROTC scholarship to study engineering (tier1). I completed the DoDMERB physical and they requested medical records beyond age 10 due to my indicating asthma/wheezing on the medical history.

    I am physically fit and have no breathing/asthma issues. My only asthma episodes have been related to sporadic (once or twice a year) bronchitis or URIs which required both inhalers and antibiodics to get rid of the bronchitus/URIs. I've never used an inhaler nor steroids at ALL except concurrent with antibiodics to clear up bronchitis/URIs.

    The pediatrician never tested my breathing - just flagged as asthma so she could prescribe meds to resolve the URI/bronchitis illness; including inhaler and steroids once or twice - but it is always with an antibiotic.

    I am concerned that I will be unable to get a medical waiver since I have visited the doctor related to the bronchitus/URIs PAST age 12 and my medical record was flagged with history of asthma, unspecified type. I heard that childhood asthma is waiverable as long as the asthma didn't extend past age 12.

    It would be great if someone from DoDMERB could respond if this my medical history looks unwaiverable? I am very worried that my Navy dream is gone...

    Thank-you very much! mary
     
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    Cut and paste your posting; provide full anme and last 4 SSN; and send to Larry.Mullen@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil. I can asisst U better from there ....but only if you choose to identify yourself:thumb:
     
  3. caitvvw

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    I'm in a fairly similar situation. I just (like, two hours ago) took an asthma test at a local hospital for a DoDMERB remedial.

    My "asthma" symptoms appeared after two consecutive sinus infections during Cross Country season. Symptoms only appeared when I was running, and only in really cold weather. I didn't have any attacks, it just became more difficult to breathe due to the sinus infection. The symptoms lasted for two months, then disappeared. However, at that time I was a varsity runner and it was pertinent that I perform well- so I was prescribed an inhaler by my doctor. I was never tested for asthma, I didn't do any sort of breathing test. But I was marked as having asthma because I got the inhaler. After a short time, I stopped using the medication and haven't used it since.

    The test I just took involved breathing into a tube- taking a really deep breath and then exhaling forcefully while the results were measured. They gave me asthma-related medication, then made me do the breathing thing over again. If they find that my results were better with the medication, it's an indication that I have asthma.

    We're waiting on the results- I'm fairly sure I did well, and I'm hoping at least my "asthma" gets waived. If I end up getting a waiver, I'll make a note of it here.

    Good luck!
     
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