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Getting Denuked for Sleep Condition

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dizzypunch:
So, I made it through A-School and Power School with decent grades and was a week into NPTU when I was told a sleep condition I have that definitely needs treated will cause me to be denuked. Some backstory...

I've always had trouble with sleepiness or inexplicable fatigue. It showed somewhat in bootcamp but only started to really show in September or so of 2012, during T-Track, right before starting Power School. I spent all of Power School standing up at podiums just to get through the day, even though I was typically getting about six hours of sleep - not great, admittedly, but more than I'll get on boat. Even then, I was constantly falling asleep standing up. Still, I figured it was a lack of willpower, and I got through it.

About two months ago I got into a car accident driving to NPTU. I fell asleep while driving despite having seven hours of sleep the night before and my car was nearly totaled, though thankfully, no one else was involved. My chief recommended I do a sleep study for narcolepsy, and when all was said and done, I was diagnosed with a respiratory arousal disorder similar to sleep apnea, and the doctor suggested I might have some form of idiopathic hypersomnia, though he thankfully didn't put it in his diagnosis. But I was fine, right? Neither was disqualifying, and I was going to be put on a pill called Modafinil to help me stay awake better. I proceeded onward in the mindset that I would finish out my nuke career, short or long as it might be.

Turns out that Modafinil is a stimulant and I technically can't be a nuke if I'm taking it. I could technically not take it at all, as the doctors can't FORCE me to take it, but the Lt I talked to said my issues were enough to make that decision put others at risk, especially on a boat where we'll likely be getting four hours of sleep a night (I'm a sub vol). He said that if I chose to not take the pill he'd likely recommend that I should be denuked just because of my condition anyways, despite it not usually being disqualifying.

So now I'm waiting for the results of a couple blood and urine tests to see if it might be metabolic or something, though I seriously doubt it. If not, I'm being denuked very, very shortly. This is me asking what I should do in terms of being re-rated, and whether or not this could wind up being a discharge in the future, because that would be crappy.

tl;dr - I'm being denuked because of a sleep disorder and being put on stimulants, and I'd like to know exactly how that limits my career opportunities in the Navy and what you guys would recommend I shoot for. Thanks in advance.

HydroDave63:
Check your PMs

MGH:
Career and Navy in the same sentence?  Where do I start? Take the pill. Wrecked your car? Take the pill. You can't do much if you can't stay awake.  Take the pill. If you can't stay in the Navy, then celebrate. Take care of the sleep thing first.  If the Navy doesn't like it then that's terrible.  Darn. Life is way more than a Navy cot and long deployments.

DSO:
Yes---take the pill ---your health is most important...I had a hyper problem when I was in and they said the same thing...you cant take anything that will HELP you or you will be disqualed...makes a lot of sense right? So.....my Dad mailed a good OCD med of his (Anafranil) through the mail and I took it with success and being on a fast attack sub 7 more years....retired from Navy now and able to help myself with the required meds without getting booted....maybe they would have liked me drinking constantly to calm myself....friggin idiots

SpaceJustice:

--- Quote from: DSO on Sep 16, 2013, 01:02 ---Yes---take the pill ---your health is most important...I had a hyper problem when I was in and they said the same thing...you cant take anything that will HELP you or you will be disqualed...makes a lot of sense right? So.....my Dad mailed a good OCD med of his (Anafranil) through the mail and I took it with success and being on a fast attack sub 7 more years....retired from Navy now and able to help myself with the required meds without getting booted....maybe they would have liked me drinking constantly to calm myself....friggin idiots

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I just want to point out that with the drug testing currently going on, if you get caught using medication not prescribed to you you will be in a world of hurt.

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