Ted, our Officer-in-Charge, at first scheduled a work day but I requested that he consider giving the team some down time. He agreed that this was a good idea. Nevertheless, the group being admirably motivated, requested more training so he did schedule a quick drill for the afternoon. The day was not to go as planned. (And I turned from hero into goat as it became apparent the day was jinxed.)
At 0730 there was a call for a gunshot wound. The patient was taken to OR where his leg had to be amputated. We were about to wrap up when a call came in that there were multiple casualties inbound from an IED blast. We took 10 patients over the next few hours.
Two had serious burn and blast injuries to the face. Three others were taken to the OR to stabilize fractures (Dave was definitely cool today) and prevent dangerous swelling of the leg compartments. Others had various degrees of shrapnel or projectile injuries. Fortunately there were no KIAs. The unit's colonel came by to give out Purple Hearts, which, while deserved, is not my idea of a great Labor Day gift.
|Aric, our CRNA, gives report to the MEDEVAC flight nurse|
Then there was a stab wound to the chest that turned out to not be much. (Lots of knife stabbing and rock throwing around here.)
The base chow hall (or DFAC, i.e. dining facility, in army lingo) did serve up a Labor Day dinner with BBQ ribs and decorations. The phone center had free phone calls home. So the day wasn't a complete wash. Besides the team did good work today.
Anyhow, I'm a little tired to write anything amusing so I'll wish you a good holiday.
|Labor Day's final casualty|