I am really frustrated at the moment. I applied for testing accommodations for the CA bar and I received a letter stating that I have a “temporary disability”. I have no words for how irritating that was reading, considering T1 is a chronic disease. I am allowed traditional medical equipment, syringes, meters, test strips, etc. but the letter is very vague as to whether I can have my cgm. I cannot have my phone held in the testing facility and I cannot have someone nearby to help administer glucagon if I need it. I just found out I have diabetes about two months ago and I barely made the deadline to apply for testing accommodations. The CA bar wont let me appeal anything unless I take the test again and wont make any exceptions even though I sent in my application as soon as I got out of the hospital.
My biggest concern is not having my phone in the same room or held in a locker to notify anyone in case of an emergency or to simply call for a cab. They suggest I keep it in my car or hotel room, however, I am flying from Philadelphia to take the exam and will not have my car with me. The hotel where the test is to be administered for people with testing accommodations is going to cost $300 a night. The test is two days long, 10 hours each day. I am going to end up having to find the way to pay for that so I can leave my lunch and phone in my room.
The amount of hurdles placed makes it so much more difficult for anyone with a medical condition to pass the bar. I don’t know why the bar does not give a special group rate for this hotel considering it is practically forcing people to stay there. The expenses of taking the exam and how I also feel so much pressure to pass in order to keep my job and good health insurance is weighing heavily. The exam is in less than 2 weeks. I guess I just needed to vent because the stress has been piling up.