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After frantically checking my email every 5 minutes and emailing one of the Raytheon contractors (Jeremiah) again and again, he finally replied this morning with the best three words I’ve heard all day (considering I woke up 10 minutes ago). They were, and I quote: 

YOU ARE PQ’D”….PQ means physically qualified.

Hopefully the idiom, “last but not least”, will hold true as I begin to prep myself for the trip. 

29 days and counting until departure.

I found out yesterday from my professor that I am the last person on my team to get PQed (physically qualified). Going to the doctor has been a pain. Somehow there is always something missing. This time, it was an Hep C Ab test, so I had to return to get my blood drawn again. All the missing paperwork has been faxed over the RPSC, so I should be cleared in a few days.

I finally know exactly where I’ll be going. Below is a map, and we’ll be travelling to all the yellow dots. 

Also, I’ve decided to stay an extra week after the trip to hike through Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile. Fall quarter will definitely be quite and adventure.

Also, I found a blogof a research team based out of Hawaii that did a similar trip. After reading it, I’m even more excited for the trip.

5 weeks and counting until I depart for Punta Arenas, Chile, and then to Antarctica. 

I finally finished all my medical and dental exams from Antarctica. Now it’ll be a waiting game to see whether or not I’ll be cleared. The 3 days spent driving back and forth from the doctor to the dentist was worth it. 
For my embarrassment and other’s enjoyment, I’ll post one pic.
I recently got my wisdom teeth removed. This is day 3 of post-extraction. You can imagine just how much bigger and bluer my cheeks were a few days ago. Apparently I had missed the fine print that stated all wisdom teeth must be removed before the trip. I didn’t think I would miss simple things like eating hot non-mushy food, or drinking through a straw. Hopefully I’ll be ready for the San Diego County fair after my one week of antibiotics and cold/hot compresses.

I finally finished all my medical and dental exams from Antarctica. Now it’ll be a waiting game to see whether or not I’ll be cleared. The 3 days spent driving back and forth from the doctor to the dentist was worth it. 

For my embarrassment and other’s enjoyment, I’ll post one pic.

I recently got my wisdom teeth removed. This is day 3 of post-extraction. You can imagine just how much bigger and bluer my cheeks were a few days ago. Apparently I had missed the fine print that stated all wisdom teeth must be removed before the trip. I didn’t think I would miss simple things like eating hot non-mushy food, or drinking through a straw. Hopefully I’ll be ready for the San Diego County fair after my one week of antibiotics and cold/hot compresses.

What I’ll be fitted with when I get to Puntas Arenas, Chile!!!!

If you are reading this, then it means you have been invited to follow me on my journey to Antarctica. 

I recently was offered by my research professor one of the undergraduate positions on a 50 day research trip to Antarctica. I finally submitted all my passport stuff to be able to get into Chile, and soon was emailed by the Medical Director that I had 10+ medical tests to take (stress exam, full body exam, blood test—and these are the nice and less awkward tests). Now if only my darn chest congestion and cough would just go away so I can get cleared. 

I also have more info about the boat I’ll be on, and I’d like to share that with you too. 
http://www.usap.gov/vesselScienceAndOperations/contentHandler.cfm?id=20
The accommodations don’t seem too bad! Maybe I’ll forget that I’m on a boat except for the occasional sea-sickness. 

Here is my very quick “Mission’s Letter” as well. I’ll post prayer requests as they come up!