25 April 2008

Americans helping Iraqi's in need of medical care


An dear friend and expert medic from CT sent this article about medics working out of the back of their Stryker vehicle to help injured and sick civilians in Sadr City. I remember what a challenge it was to treat burns even with all the resources of the Air Force Theater Hospital, so yet again I am amazed at the skill and industry of medics.

Of course we can't be there forever to provide emergency health care. Every life saved is precious, but the main goal has to be building up the civilian health care infrastructure of Iraq. Friends at Severus Worldwide are doing all they can to shore up Iraqi health care, one clinic at a time. J. at Severus told me that not only are they seeing some donations and progress, he also has trips scheduled to speak with Iraqi's and Americans to put those donations into action soon. You can read more at the Severus Website.

It's been a busy week what with operations, re-certification, and courses. I'm glad to see Friday here. I've got my first day off in two weeks tomorrow.

Be mello!



Anonymous said...

My name is Selena and I live in Georgetown, Kentucky. I just want you to know that I appreciate everything you men and women are doing for our country. I tell my children that our military men and women are our heros. When they see military people in their uniforms or camo they are quick to say there is a hero mommy. Again, thank you!

HollyB said...

Glad to hear you're gettin some time off. Go enjoy Springtime in the Hill Country with the Fam!

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Ah, free at last!

I sent that brief message as a test. (I'd had a heckuva time logging in after blogging on this site two years ago. I found too many bugs in the system. I was a star writing student back in the last century -- now I'm old and cranky -- and looking forward to offering my unsolicited advice about your site.

I'll tell you what I really think soon.

Anonymous said...

...should've added: I enjoyed a career as a Medtronic rep (cardiac pacing), know all about the ups and downs of health care, etc.

Anonymous said...

Take the apostrophe out of the word "Iraqis" in your title.

I'll write more later.

Told you I was cranky.

Anonymous said...

You're doing extraordinary work. I read your story in my Jeep magazine. You can flip a couple of switches and make some money on this thing (have a second career).


Chris said...

Dear Selena, Holly, and Joe,

Thanks for visiting! Selena I think it is wonderful that you use troops as an example for your children to see the importance of giving back to your community. There are many ways, being military is just one, but if we all pitch in our country is the best it can be.

Holly, thanks for the funnies you are sending! Isn't this heat wonderful!! A friend's son just headed off to the deployed hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. He was telling me at the pool that 100 felt hot today. I said I was loving it, and I was hoping that his son didn't have it too much hotter than 120 over there. His family has really supported mine while I was away, I hope I can do the same for them.

Joe, great to meet you. I had a friend who was with Medtronic a while in Boston and had a really good opinion of the company. I put in a lot of their pacers when I was taking care of adults, but fortunately I don't need too many of them now that I'm taking care of kids!

Be well,