Aaron Buzzard
an ER Doctor’s time in Iraq

Nov
24

Hello everybody,

Be sure to look at the photos, some good ones.

WOW has it been a busy week.  We had a mass casualty or MASSCAL this week.  A truck of Iraqi soldiers was hit and rolled over, ejecting the people in the bed.  Several other vechicles where also involved as well as a pedestrian was run over.  My 3 medics and I grabbed out gear and ran to the hospital.  They put us right to work, I was sent to the treatment area and the medics heloed unload the helicopters.  I had 3 immeadiate aka critical patients, one with a broken left shoulder and arm as well as multiple lacerations/abrasions, another with a broken pelvis, femur, tibia/fibula and facial lacerations and the pedestrian that was ran over.  He had to be intubated, central line and blood as he was bleeding in his belly.  He went to surgery and survived.  The other 2 eventually went to ortho surgery after I cleared their other injuries.  Good stuff!!

I spent the rest of the week doing flight physicals and catching up on the stuff that was no done the last 3 months the unit did not have a doctor.  Lots of admin and tracking people down who where late in shots/vision/hearing, etc.

I got to spend my third birthday since joining the Army in the field.  My first was in basic training in 1992 and the at NTC (National Training Center, Ft Irwin, CA) in 1994, then here in Iraq.  The day started out pretty boring until about 6:00 pm…..

One of our unmanned aerial vehicles crashed on takeoff, the details are classified but needless to say it was a long night.  We had to go out to the scene and take photos, measurments and then take the operators/crew to the lab to draw blood and urine for alcohol and drugs.  Then today, I had to interview all 9 of the crew and take their histories over the last 72 hours.  My job is to decide if there were any human factors, such as health, fatigue, chemicals that could have contributed.  I have to sit on a board next week to present my findings.  I will send some photos once it is unclassified.

I have been on several flights allover Iraq.  We skirted the Iranian border, check the photos and landed in North Iraq, lots of mountains scary approach and then flew to Baghdad at night.  Saw several tracer rounds being fired, but none even close.  I think they shoot at the sound, but by then we are long gone.

Have been working out everyday, losing weight and toning up and eating good

Have a happy Thanksgiving and talk to you next week.

Nov
07

Hello everyone, I am settled in in my trailer home, (see second photo). It is pretty basic, bed, locker but at least it has A/C. I bought a rug for the floor and am using my footlocker as a desk and table. I usually only sleep there, because I am in the office till about 9pm.

My daily routine looks like it will be; 6:30am wake up, clean up go to the office to see sick call, walk to the chow-hall for breakfast (pineapple and yogurt with juice). I see patients on appointment till around 1230, eat lunch (a sandwich), see patients or admin stuff. Go to the gym/run/swim. Eat dinner (chicken, meatloaf whatever) back in the clinic, more admin. Then I watch TV, or play Xbox till around 9pm. Go to my trailer (Trailer trash!!) and watch a movie or read a book. Not too bad.

We got hit the other day. I didn’t hear it, but when I walked back too my room that evening, everyone was watching the smoke from the fire it started (see photo). No one got hurt. Here’s the cool part, we can tell which way the attack is from (radar) and dispatched aerial recon vehicles from our unit and hanger. We found the guys loading a mortar for some more shots and the predator took them all out with a Hellfire missile, we watched the video feed at the next meeting. That’s the unit I am taking care of…..finally a satisfying job.

talk to you next week.