The process takes a lot of paper work, photos, and finger prints that need to be reviewed by the FBI. The whole process can take up to a year, but everything has been submitted, so now it's just a waiting game. Why am I putting this on my blog? Well, this is not just a blog on diabetes, it's a blog on life and yes I happen to have diabetes. They are pretty intertwined, so yes, there is a diabetes twist. Part of the initial application, I had to state whether I had any chronic illnesses and I had to list diabetes. Mainly because with permanent residency, I will be covered by the government healthcare program and they probably don't want people to be a drag on the system. Since my diabetes is well controlled, I passed the initial screening which is great news.
Lastly, as I was completing all of this identifying documentation, I realized diabetes was causing me to lose part of my identity. How you ask? Well the picture you see above is three different fingerprints I had to submit to the FBI. The crazy part is that with the amount of times I have pricked my fingers over the last 12 years years, my fingerprints are starting to blotch and fade! Think about it, say I test 5 times a day on average, then that means I have pricked my fingers over 30,000 times! I never really thought about this before, but from the picture above you can see the blotching of the prints. A "normal" print doesn't have any blotchiness to it and comes out crisp and clear. This was an interesting conversation with the small Vietnamese man taking my fingerprints when he noticed the blotching. I told him I was diabetic and have been pricking my finger multiple times a day for years. He was surprised that I tested everyday because he said he was also diabetic. He said he was type 2 and mentioned to me that diet and exercise is "berry important,". "Yes", I nodded and agreed.