All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.
Henry MillerUS author (1891 - 1980)
Be life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.
David Starr JordanUS biologist, educator, & ichthyologist (1851 - 1931)
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Kahlil GibranLebanese artist & poet in US (1883 - 1931)
You teach best what you most need to learn.
That last quote is very fitting because I am relearning how to place chest tubes so I can teach it tomorrow. It is a little challenging when you are a Family Practice doctor and are having to train doctors who mainly see war injuries. I will be happy to get back to high cholesterol and low back pain when I go home.
I was talking with one of the patients that was brought in yesterday evening. He said that he was with a group of people that were ambushed by the Taliban. He was the only survivor out of 8 people. He appeared to be handling it very well. I am not sure that I would have the same calm demeanor under the same circumstances.
The hospital is getting very busy. I am trying to be like the duck in the quote. There is just so much that needs to be fixed and a lot of it is beyond my scope of practice.
I can not take credit for any of the new photos. They were all taken by participants of the last VCR trip. I was not able to attend it. They did a lot of good for some very poor people. The conditions that they live in is just heart breaking. You can see from some of the pictures that they were able to give new shoes out to some children.
Somebody asked me if they should still send blankets and other stuff. The answer is yes. I will post a little blurb about the VCR program and include their address at the end. It is probably better if you start sending stuff directly to them now since I am nearing the end of the deployment.
The Camp Eggers Volunteer Community Relations (VCR) program enhances the partnership with the people of Afghanistan while providing a venue for US and Coalition troops to assist others. Through this program, Camp Eggers VCR volunteers interact with local nationals at various locations in the Kabul area, including schools, orphanages, medical centers and Internally Displaced Persons camps. The Afghan people in these locations are not as fortunate as we are and could greatly benefit from your support to improve their quality of life.
The VCR program is also involved with forwarding items to US service members located at smaller forward operating bases (FOBs) and other locations that may not have the PX facilities that most of the larger camps have.
CSTC-A, Pool House
APO, AE 09356
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