I need advice on what to say and how to say it if I volunteer to help with the aftermath of Sandy.
I just learned that New York and New Jersey jurisdictions are looking for building inspectors to help out over the next month as they restore buildings’ habitability.
I have long been qualified as an electrical inspector, although I’m very inexperienced as a third-party inspector for jurisdictional authorities.
I’m also known in the U.S. electrical industry because of my writing, largely writing about my work as an electrician and consultant. This means that if I respond to the call, there’s a good chance I will be accepted as a volunteer. (Paid, unpaid, I don’t know or care.)
What I need to think through is what to tell the people I contact, if I do so, about my vulnerabilities/reliability.
I could fuzz out, I could get dizzy or nauseous, I could space out fully for a little while. And, as I’ve learned from others, I might not even realize the latter is happening, or that this happened.
First, I have MAV. Second, I also have some kind of spacing out that looks a little more like some mild and wimpy epileptoid seizure activity and a little less like “standard” vestibular migraine. I’ve know this for years, so have my docs, we’ve never been able to sort it out better than that. Between drugs, diet, exercise and sleep, it’s all reasonably well controlled–but that’s within my regular routine. I know stress makes it worse.
None of this has ever happened, to my knowledge, on the job doing electrical work, on the job performing electrical consultation, at meetings, giving talks, any of that.
On the other hand, I’ll be going into an unfamiliar context, different hours than I’m used to, staying I have no idea where, and quite possibly having challenges sticking to any sort of MAV diet.
In short, if I offer my services, I have no way of knowing whether I’ll be able to think clearly or function effectively as a representative of whatever government agency I’m trying to support.
It doesn’t seem fair not to say anything, but it also seems ridiculous to go through a whole song and dance as I volunteer.
What are your thoughts and suggestions?