Skip to comments.Military Medical Team Makes the 'Toughest Call' (GI IMPALED BY BOMB - courage abounds!!!)
Posted on 09/23/2007 7:46:56 AM PDT by paulat
Unexploded Rocket-Propelled Grenade Impales Army Private in Afghanistan By RUTH REISS
One RPG skidded past Lt. Mariani's vehicle. All of the vehicles had to quickly get out of the "kill zone." But before they could get to safety, two rockets hit Pvt. Moss' Humvee.
Staff Sgt. Eric Wynn, 33, the soldier in the front passenger seat, felt one slice through his face. Moss remembers the truck practically lift up. He was thrown up against the Humvee and then moved to return fire.
"I smelled something smoking and I looked down ... and I was smoking," he said.
Wynn turned to tell Moss where to fire and saw the tail fins of the RPG sticking out of Moss' side.
Roughly the length of a baseball bat, an RPG travels at the speed of a bullet. At the front end is the warhead -- a large grenade. The detonator and fuel are contained in the shaft. On the back are its fins, pieces of metal that stick out like legs on a camera tripod. The RPG is the weapon of choice for many of the world's guerillas.
Luckily for Moss, the company medic Spc. Jared Angell, 23, who the soldiers call "Doc," was in his Humvee
A Human Bomb The RPG that had plowed into Moss' lower abdomen stretched from one hip to the other. If the RPG went off, it would kill everyone within 30 feet of him. Yet Angell stayed close, bandaging his wounds and stabilizing the weapon so that movement wouldn't cause it to explode.
Moss was still fully conscious, so Angell ordered him to not look down at the injury. He didn't want Moss to panic.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
Unless my relapse is really bad, I don’t take naps. I always feel worse when I wake up.
Do you take anything for migraines? I take Midrin...it was the only thing I tried that actually works.
What I really hate about migraines is that the pain is so bad I can’t even sleep. Once it starts, I’m forced to suffer through it. I take my medicine with me everywhere.
Does coffee count?
Actually, I have a 2 quart cup I fill with water and force myself to drink every day. Maybe I’ll drink two of those today.
I used to take Imitrex, but found out it could cause stokes. Since I had three TIAs in my late 30’s, I decided the risk was too great.
But with Imitrex, I almost wished I WOULD get a migraine, just so I could take the Imitrex!
Now, I just have to deal with it as best I can. If it’s really bad, I’ll lie down in the dark with a cold compress on my right eye and wait for the pain to leave.
I don’t know if I have one headache that lasts a week, or seven headaches of a day each.
It depends on what caused the headache ... but more water is always good.
I tried Midrin, Fiorinol and a few other drugs, but all they did was make my eyelids heavy, and make the pain worse.
Trust me: If there’s a pain med for migraines, I’ve already tried it. I’ve been having them since I was eight years old.
Actually, when I was on the boat, before I had my migraines diagnosed, the doc told me to drink as much coffee as possible when the headache starts....since migraines are a vascular thing, the idea is that by ramping up the heart rate, it would slow down or stop the headache. It actually worked sometimes...of course I was bouncing of the bulkheads...
I’ve had mine since I was little too. I just didn’t know that that’s what they were.
I didn’t know, either. I don’t think the concept of childhood migraines was even a remote medical idea, but I’m here to tell you that I suffered, just the same.
My son started to get them when he was nine, and one of my neices got them at eight, so I’m thinking it’s something in the gene pool.
I keep wondering if it’s related to diabetes and blood sugar...seems to me like sugar kicks off the headaches more times than not.
Red wine and cheese will give you migraines. I don’t think it’s a sugar thing for me, because my blood sugar is seldom over 85.
So I can’t have cheese with my whine?
Maybe if it’s a mild cheese...
Or a white whine?
My father’s cousin (who died a couple of weeks ago) had migraines, and did quite a bit of research on what causes them. Of course, he would never give up smoking. Chris Buckley said his doctor told him that if he gave up smoking, he’d stop having migraines in five years ... and it worked!
The aforementioned cousin was quite wealthy and reclusive. (He’d been dead for some time before his neighbors called the police and the police eventually notified the relatives.) His last known will was dated 1985, when my father and grandfather were about the only relatives he was in contact with. We’re wondering if he left everything to my Dad! During the 90’s, he resumed contact with his sister and her children, so I’m sure he’d want them to benefit, but that will take some legal maneuvering. The surviving cousins don’t want anything except a few family mementoes.
The lesson is, keep your will up to date!
I just updated my will before I went to the class reunion. I usually do it every few years, or when something changes.
Like I’ve got a lot to worry about, right? With my miuyons and biuyons of dollars...;o]
LOL! At least you can make sure the right people get your petz, if you predecease them.
The most important thing for us was disposing of the children, of course. A family in Tulsa will end up with 16 children and a lot of money, if a meteor hits Der Prinz and me on the one occasion during the year when we’re together with no children.
Since my son has a learning disability, and has never had a really “good” job, I’m leaving his with the bulk of what I have.
My daughter’s husband is quite able to take care of her in the style to which she’d like to become accustomed, so there’s not much sense in giving her anything that would benefit my son more.
That may sound cold, but it’s only fair. If their situations were reversed, I’d leave the bulk of it to her.
I think it’s perfectly fair. Does your son like catz?