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Posted: 12/13/2005 11:12:47 AM EDT
After much back and forth about being deployed forward, word came down that the 1st Mardiv needed volunteer physicians to go out with them this Feb for 9 months in the sandbox. Forgetting the old axiom about NAVY ebing an abbreviation for Never Again Volunteer Yourself, I raised the hand and will be leaving for Iraq via 2 weeks at Pendleton Feb 1st!
Ill plan on buying a digital camera (any suggestions?) and will attempt to keep y'all updated...I've never seen a medical doctor's perspective on the AOR posted here, so I hope it will be interesting for you.
Any suggestions on a good knife/multitool, ballistic eyewear (I've seen too many guys come back w/out their vision to risk losing mine), and cut resistant gloves that will still permit me to do such taks as IV placement, etc.
Once I get my APO address, I will give it to one of the mods. I would like a program for the local kids and if anyone would like to donate candy, crayons, etc I will distibute it for you when I'm out and about.
Well, gonna knock off early and break it to the wife and kids.
Zack
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:17:15 AM EDT
Hats off to you sir, for doing what most would not. Stay safe and keep us updated.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:21:31 AM EDT
Godspeed and good luck NavyDoc1!
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:21:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/13/2005 11:22:35 AM EDT by Max_Mike]
Godspeed, good luck and be careful… and thank you.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:22:30 AM EDT
Stay safe. And remember we support you, no matter what the screwed up press will say.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:23:34 AM EDT
God Bless you. I hope and pray that you are bored to tears and have no work to do while you are there.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:26:21 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:29:18 AM EDT
Good luck.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:30:22 AM EDT
Stay safe and God speed you home.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:34:22 AM EDT
Stay safe, and thanks for your service
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:37:13 AM EDT
For gear suggestions check the Deployed! forum
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:39:57 AM EDT
Fuckin' A, Zack. Keep your damned head down, will ya?

We've already lost enough classmates.

Good luck, buddy. Keep in touch. If you need anything, give me a shout.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:40:25 AM EDT
Good luck Doc, God Speed.... staty safe and come back here in one piece!!

Dram out
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:41:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/13/2005 3:44:13 PM EDT by LWilde]
Just remember your grunt training from when you were a member of the Corps.

Keep you head on a swivel. Always figure there is an armed BG behind every corner. Get yourself a good weapon (NOT just the M-9!) and get qualified again. You may need it one day. Sorry about that Hyppocratic stuff...I don't think it is part of the Holy Koran...and they'd soon kill you as a battalion of grunts.

Take good care of yourself and your troops.

Thanks for your service. Stay safe and come back in one piece!

Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:42:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NavyDoc1: ballistic eyewear
You can use the high-end old people goggles, or sneak out some surgical eyeshields. Shatter resistant, heat resistante, UV coated, fits over other eyewear, and will make you look "distinctive". Ask your eye doctor or "old people supply store" where you can buy a pair. Don't get the cheapo ones from some rotating turnstyle at Wally-World.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:43:05 AM EDT
Thanks for volunteering. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you're doing, and above all please be very careful over there.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:45:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/13/2005 11:47:16 AM EDT by hepcat85]
My gratitude to you sir! Thanks and take care of yourself!

Furthermore, you may consider starting a blog to document your time over there.
Maybe some AFCOMbloggers out there will have some advice as to which is a better service, but you can find them for free all over the place - Here's one (of a million) that Google turned up; www.blogger.com/start

As to eye protection, The Wiley-X JP-1 can be switched from sunglasses to goggles and has a seal to prevent particles from blowing under or around. Take a look >>>H E R E<<<

Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:52:46 AM EDT
Well, Doc, you couldn't be deploying with a finer unit. I still recall your generous offer to my cousin, who is now in her third year at Bethesda as a medical student (short, half Japanese girl with a French last name).

Antything we can do to help, give a shout. If you are interested in helping/collecting stuff for schoolkids, I am sure I can get my kids school and Cub Scout pack involved. Let me/ARFCOM know.

Good luck and watch yer ass.

Tim
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 11:54:47 AM EDT
Thank you! your a true hero.

Link Posted: 12/13/2005 12:02:27 PM EDT
Are you guys comfortable with the possibility of getting deployed to the sandbox and running into NavyDoc telling you to bend over the spread your cheeks?
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 12:05:02 PM EDT
I need a FA AK

I envy ya in a way. Damn squid.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 12:07:07 PM EDT
Your hat's in the ring, good luck

I've heard the pocket size Cannon cameras are all the rage.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:05:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NavyDoc1:
After much back and forth about being deployed forward, word came down that the 1st Mardiv needed volunteer physicians to go out with them this Feb for 9 months in the sandbox. Forgetting the old axiom about NAVY ebing an abbreviation for Never Again Volunteer Yourself, I raised the hand and will be leaving for Iraq via 2 weeks at Pendleton Feb 1st!
Ill plan on buying a digital camera (any suggestions?) and will attempt to keep y'all updated...I've never seen a medical doctor's perspective on the AOR posted here, so I hope it will be interesting for you.
Any suggestions on a good knife/multitool, ballistic eyewear (I've seen too many guys come back w/out their vision to risk losing mine), and cut resistant gloves that will still permit me to do such taks as IV placement, etc.
Once I get my APO address, I will give it to one of the mods. I would like a program for the local kids and if anyone would like to donate candy, crayons, etc I will distibute it for you when I'm out and about.
Well, gonna knock off early and break it to the wife and kids.
Zack


Take care.
As for a digital camera, I would suggest any Canon digital camera.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:07:34 PM EDT
Go get 'em Doc. Watch your six though.

-BOATS
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:46:26 PM EDT
Best of luck and God bless you. You will be in our prayers.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:49:54 PM EDT
Thanks doc. Take good care of our Marines and yourself!
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:54:22 PM EDT
donate candy and crayons to the kids?? you must have missed the video recently showing the youngsters over there........
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 2:58:09 PM EDT
Good luck Doc. Keep your head down, and keep us posted on how you are doing.

I am sure the folks here at ARFCOM will send all the crayons, school supplies, and candy you can handle.

Just let us know when and where to send it.

Most of all, THANK YOU for your service to our country.



Link Posted: 12/13/2005 3:16:00 PM EDT
Save a few and take a few.....God bless you.

Bomber

Ps us and them respectively
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 5:54:46 PM EDT
God bless and thank you from mine to yours.
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 5:57:59 PM EDT
Good luck and God bless. Stay safe, and thank you for your service!
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 5:59:18 PM EDT
Thanks Doc, God bless you.

Check out the Panasonic FZ series for a nice digital camera.

Link Posted: 12/13/2005 6:06:33 PM EDT
Stay safe and Godspeed!

HH
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 6:12:23 PM EDT
Goddang! It's the docs like you that keep the boys coming home!
Link Posted: 12/13/2005 6:20:54 PM EDT
Maybe I can get my fiance to have her fellow med students pitch in. (or her school as well)
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 9:51:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Fuckin' A, Zack. Keep your damned head down, will ya?

We've already lost enough classmates.

Good luck, buddy. Keep in touch. If you need anything, give me a shout.



Will do Lou! Thanks for the good words you guys. I'll try to keep you all abreast of what it is like to be a physician incountry.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 9:59:08 AM EDT
Keep the wind at your back mate. Come home safely.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 10:03:57 AM EDT
God bless and keep your head down buddy.
Link Posted: 12/14/2005 10:19:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KlubMarcus:
Are you guys comfortable with the possibility of getting deployed to the sandbox and running into NavyDoc telling you to bend over the spread your cheeks?



Interesting post KlubMarcus.....I figured it wouldn't be long before we got one of those "alternate lifestyle" type questions. I saw you coming up on my scope....





Link Posted: 12/14/2005 10:21:32 AM EDT
Good luck!

If you're looking for a good, small digi cam, look at the Canon Poweshot Elph series. I have an SD400 and it's awesome and can fit in a breast pocket without being cumbersome.

Link Posted: 12/14/2005 10:22:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AROKIE:
donate candy and crayons to the kids?? you must have missed the video recently showing the youngsters over there........




In my opinion they're not the rule but the exception. I've heard about 1000 reports of Iraqi kids being just like our kids. They want to live, play and go to school. Well, more play and less school...

I think it's a great idea. I for one would love to contribute to such an endevour. However, you'd have to post pics of the kids getting the candy and crayons. I think we need to see more of that.
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