Karen’s LRMC Blog #7

by Karen Grimord on April 10, 2009

Today is Good Friday and it was slow, so that is something to be thankful for.

I got 14 boxes packed up and ready to head to the Middle East.  Our units may be surprised, because if they asked for batteries, they received an 18x10x10 box full of batteries.  We still have more left and I think it is sad because the heat in the storage room will kill the batteries before they can be used.  We had a unit ask for soap and they will have enough to finish their tour in several months and probably pass on some of it.  I still have 4 bins left on soap alone and no takers.  Our excess lotion is even worse, there are 6 bins of lotion just in the supply room, I have no clue how much must be in the bunkers and only one unit wanting any.  We were joking today that the troops could take all the lotion we have and bathe the Middle East and with as much as we have they could cut the sand storms to zero.

There were no flights today, so no new patients, but several did come in to the WWMC.  One does not live far from me in Virginia.  He has surgery in a few days and then back to the Middle East.

One of our patients that came in a few days ago came back.  He stutters really badly.  He gets so upset about it, which makes the stutter even worse.  He volunteered for this tour, his 4th, and has now been rattled by so many blasts as an artillery soldier, that his brain could not take any more.  The brain is an amazing part of the human body, but shake it up one too many times from a blast and it will fail you.  Blast injuries occur with the detonation of explosives that produce supersonic or subsonic explosions.  These injuries are made worse when the explosion takes place in a confined space; such as a Humvee, or between two walls during house-to-house searches.  Pressure from the blast wave affects air and fluid-filled parts of the body, lungs, ears, gastro, brain, and spinal cord.  This young man is returning stateside.  He has not spoken with his children yet, he does not want them to hear him stutter.  He also had not called his wife to tell her he is coming home.  He was afraid she would not love him any more due to his speech.  It’s not easy for the wife or husband of a returning hero.  We must pray that his wife finds tolerance and both of them have patience to work through this.  We must pray that his 6 children are not afraid of their dad and his new way of saying “I lo..lo…love you” and maybe they will repeat it with it the same way, “Dad I lo..lo.love you too” thinking he is only saying he loves them three times as much as before.

Today, I worked 7.5 hours and I wish that each of you can feel the gratitude that our troops display when they receive your donations at the WWMC.  Thank you Callie Jordan for helping to make it possible!

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