So not even a week ago I booked my Study Abroad trip – 4 weeks in France, 6 weeks in Italy…
Today I’ve had two separate emails about my diabetes.
The co-ordinator in France is asking for a medical certificate because she doesn’t think I can travel on my own without a medical certificate verifying that I can.
Yes, because those four months backpacking through Europe with diabetes doesn’t prove that I can do it. It’s much better to get a medical certificate from a specialist who sees me every 6 months and only looks at a graph with numbers. (sense the sarcasm)
The health insurance my uni provides on Study Abroad says I must be ‘fit to travel’, but doesn’t say what ‘fit to travel’ ACTUALLY means. The office is being supremely unhelpful and no-one seems to care that I’ve just spent thousands on dollars on something I may not even be allowed to go on.
I understand that they need a medical certificate for insurance reasons and have to cover their arses, but FUCK it’s just so annoying!! I would give anything to just do what 99% of my friends do and just jet off with the normal worries of safety and cost. I have so much desire to travel and experience new things, and time after time diabetes gets in my bloody way. I didn’t have insurance at all when I left for the UK…they wouldn’t cover me because I hadn’t had it for 12 months…well excuse me, let me just scold my tardy pancreas, why did you not fail in January 2010 instead of March? Inconsiderate.
I just miss the freedom I used to have. I want the freedom my friends have. I HATE that every single time I leave the country I have to FIGHT to show strangers that I’m a normal human being who is not going to drop dead on them.