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Re: word from Iraq


>I think that any soldier one asks, would not be upset over being passed
from
>one hospital to another, because they know it is being done for their own
good.

Perhaps you're right on that, as the sergeant whose story I passed on said
he wasn't angry, but I would have been.  He lost his leg from a staph
infection that was not treated - first they delayed treatment for security
reasons for over a month and then they just kept passing him on to better
facilities that still did not treat it.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] word from Iraq


> Not sure I understand what you are saying, Ceres.  I think the "regular"
or
> active duty soldiers are more accustomed to military life than are the
"weekend
> warriors" or reserve troops.  So sure the hardship is greater for someone
> that is not used to it on a daily basis.
>
> As for Military hospitals, please note that military hospitals and
Veterans
> hospitals are two different things.  Military hospitals not only take care
of
> the soldiers but their families as well, not to mention the President of
the
> United States and members of the Govt.  I have been going to Military
hospitals
> here in the states and abroad my entire life.  I have only experienced
> civilian hospitals since living here in Houston, and on other rare
occasions in other
> cities.  I have to say that most people that have experienced both would
take
> a military hospital over a civilian any day.  The doctors are trained the
> same either way. There is a lot less red tape, politics, etc. ...the goal
is to
> treat.  It is not a business.  Many of the civilian doctors used to be
military
> or are reservists....especially ER doctors and many specialists.  It is
> inconcievable and totally against policy/code for any military ever to not
get
> treated.  Thus the point of having medics in the field along with every
single
> unit, then the field hospitals, as well as mobile hospitals with
specialists.  If
> that doesn't help, then they are air evacuated to the nearest military
> hospital, then if needing further specialty care, evacuated to the states
to one of
> the military hospitals specializing in whatever is needed.....i.e BAMC for
> Burns, etc.
>
> Case in point...my dad, retired army, had a heart attack while working in
> Germany as a civilian for the US Govt.  He was taken to the nearest
military
> hospital, they found he needed a specialist...so taken to Landstuhl
Hospital
> (where many of the Iraq soldiers are taken).  He was told he needed open
heart
> surgery, but needed more of a specialist due to other conditions than they
could
> handle....so he was air evacuated to BAMC in San Antonio where he was for
over
> a month or more.   This was before the new large modern hospital, it was
an
> old old bldg. but the care he got was outstanding.
> I think that any soldier one asks, would not be upset over being passed
from
> one hospital to another, because they know it is being done for their own
good.
>
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 2/2/2004 11:02:49 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> Talk to anyone who has needed help
> even with problems/injuries incurred as a result of their mission.  It is
not
> good.
>     Ceres
>
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