As an army base, the flight line is filled will all sorts of helicopters that fly missions around the clock. You never know what you will see up in the air. Picture # 1 was taken as I was walking back to the hospital after lunch. The HUMVEE must have broken down, so it caught a ride back from a "Chinook". Helicopters are also instrumental in transporting wounded from the scene to our hospital. There are always two helicopters, one being the “chase” helicopter that provides air support. The medics that provide care to the patients are incredibly brave (Picture # 2). These guys are part of the “cowboy dustoff.” They fly out to the scene, pick up the patients, and provide medical support back to the hospital. They are just two of a great group of nurses and medics providing care to the wounded soldiers that we treat. The landing pad is right across the street from the hospital. After the helicopters land, “litter” teams go out and pick up the patients and transport them to the EMT for evaluation (picture # 3).
One of the best things about deployment is meeting people from all over the country. I have had the privilege of meeting so many great people, who are making tremendous acrifices to serve their country in this capacity. For example, picture # 4 is of me with two of the primary care physicians here at
This was also a week of turnover. After 14 days of travel, Dr. V’s replacement finally arrived. Dr. D (picture #5) is a pediatric surgeon from
The week was definitely interesting. An American contractor came to the clinic from another base complaining of a piece of steak being stuck in his esophagus. It had been there for about 2 days. He wasn't able to swallow and was choking on his own saliva. The weather did not permit him to be transferred to another facility for another 24 – 48 hours. Because it had already been in there 2 days, we didn’t feel like this could wait any longer to be removed. Usually, in the states this would be a rather easy problem to deal with using an endoscope. Here in the middle of