I'll put it to you straight:
I voluntarily submitted myself to the Texas BON.
Got DWI in Minnesota last year.
I immediately started attending AA meetings. Since April 2019 I've been going twice a week every week. That's 1 & 1/4 year. On my own volition.
I've been sober since October 26th, 2019. That was the day I entered rehab.
Signed up to attend rehab at my first available chance. Completed 30 days in-patient rehab and was successfully discharged - voluntarily. No one told me to but I thought it would be a good idea to do it anyways.
Moved back to TX and got evaluated again - again on my own volition - and was told I was on the right track.
Got everything cleared away with the board of nursing. Sent them letters from my sponsor, letters from my probation officer, etc.
Told them I have Asperger's syndrome/high functioning autism and that I had no interest in ever being a bedside nurse again - I want to go into nursing research and go back to school for bioinformatics.
Got evaluated for TPAPN; evaluator says:
"...responded to the test with a desire to present himself in a favorable light, indicating a need for approval by others, and it can also highlight poor insight into his own emotional functioning. Overall, [my] approach to testing may underestimate his actual emotional distress"
" approached the assessment situation in a highly defensive manner, showing a tendency to avoid acknowledging any signs of personal problems or limitations."
If actions speak louder than words, how can any of what she said be true? I have done everything in my power to help myself.
TPAPN comes back and gives me 3 years.
3 years? That's longer than my 2 year probation - which according to my probation officer is likely to be cut down to one for good behavior/adherence to the rules/proper follow-up.
I know I've vented a little bit during this post. All I need is an answer to this question and then I'll shut up for good:
Is this fair?