Waiver tests for asthma

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  1. Joseph Smith

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    I was wondering how long after testing during the waiver process it takes for the board to get back to you? I was given a waiver for my asthma and after the tests it showed I had no signs of asthma. I took the test on Sept. 1st.
    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Cut and pate your posting; provide full name (Joseph Smith is too common) and last 4 SSN; and send to me in an email at Larry.Mullen@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil. I can assist U better from there:thumb:
     
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    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    hey man, i'm about to take the methacholine test too. How was it?
     
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    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    i've heard it takes up to 90 days, but maybe quicker since they're isn't a high volume of applicants now compared to in a couple of months
     
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    Misinformation is not helpful to anyone. Waivers are individually based and multi-factorial type decisions. Every program has many variables, time being one of those, that are involved in the decision making process. What happens for one applicant, even with the same issue, may/may not happen for another applicant:thumb:
     
  6. Joseph Smith

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    The test was pretty stress free, all you have to do is breath in a series of chemicals through a nebulizer and then do a breathing test so they can measure you r results. It all takes about 30 mins and is really easy.
     
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    Asthma DQs

    I am a parent of an applicant and would like to know how childhood asthma, with a few incidents (3x) would affect my son's acceptance and/or ability to receive a waiver. His last asthma attack was when he was 8 years old. He currently rarely experiences season allergies, with sneezing being the main inconvenience. Are these situations total disqualifiers? He is scheduled to have his medical done in 2 weeks. If these are disqualifiers, why not DQ from the beginning instead of letting applicants ride through the competitive process in vain? I've read some other forums and there's been some that have mentioned knowing people who lied about ailments and gained admission. Are honest applicants the only ones who have their medical records examined and tests administered. I'm sure there has to be many service people, out of tens of thousands who have cardio-pulmonary, renal, neurological, psychological etc issues either in the past or now, but somehow magically slipped through the cracks, even if by lying about it. Amazing...

    Concerned parent
     
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    nycborn - I just spent two weks in nyc and am originally from LI:smile: Cut nad paste your posting; provide full name and last 4 SSN of your son; and send to me at Larry.Mullen@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil. I can assist you better from there.

    Regarding lying; failure to disclose; "truth elongation:" etc...... Keep in mind the applicants are applying to Service Academies that have honor codes. Though not yet indoctrinated to the codes, it seems counterintuitive to apply to an institution that has an honor code...and lie about something to get in...???

    It happens in this process and every other process you can think of. The military has to separate folks every day for medical conditions that Existed Prior To Service. This is not a good thing for the military nor the applicant. The best advice? The applicant is as forthcoming as he/she can be; as exepeditious in completing the requirements; and then they can expect the same in return:thumb:
     
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    Concerned parent

    Wow, I hope you enjoyed your visit back to your original home! Thanks a million for your prompt response and any assistance you can provide! I will be sending the requested information today.
     
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    I did. Thx. OK. I was traveling today:thumb:
     
  12. Joseph Smith

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    nycborn,
    My son suffered asthma symptoms a few times when he was in his early teens. He has seasonal allergies, which would lead to a chest cold. Our doctor stated he had asthma. After his physical he was given the chance to take a methochloine test to see if he had asthma. He took the test it was negative. Best of luck.
     
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    Methacholine challenge tests are NOT appropriate for everybody or many folks for that matter. Individuals should contact me directly:thumb:
     
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    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    I just took mine today and passed it with ease!!!
     
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    I know. U must have told everyone in the universe by now:yllol::thumb:
     
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    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    Can u blame me? haha
     
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    I asked my doc if I ever dipped below my normal peak flow, but she said even after the methacholine was induced my breathing either stayed the same or went up by a few percent. Do you think that would be a problem? She said my FEV(which is like the measurement of if I was breathing as much as I could) stayed the same through the whole test.

    I'll have the official report next week after the interpreter writes a report or whatever for it.

    Somewhere I heard that they made another candidate retake the test because he didn't react to the methacholine. IDK if there's any legitimacy to that, and I don't know the details of his test. Like you said, every case is different.
     
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    Your detailed medical results will NOT be discussed on this site. Use email and we'll close this thread. Do NOT respond anymore here:thumb:
     

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