This past week has been a blur. It wasn’t until answering an email from Carmen that I realized that my subtlety had been perhaps too much so. I suppose I can use as an excuse the fact that long distance flying from Bagram to Landstuhl took a number of hours longer than planned (that stop in Kandahar which I still don’t get) or the fact that I am sleep deprived. It meant that I got up on Thurs – the 20th and didn’t get to bed till quite late on the 21st (and then you have to add in the time zones as well. I should admit that I am just a bit past the point in my life where staying up for 36-48 hours has any appeal.
But honestly, it is more likely that I did not come clean early on through sheer embarrassment at needing to come out of theater for something as stupid as a retirement physical. Some parts of it just could not be accomplished downrange. While I was at it it, I took care of a few other bits and pieces. But still, there are all those who are ill or injured really need care. My guilt kicks in at the thought that I might be depriving someone else of a needed appointment.
People are nice, extremely helpful. Tomorrow is the last of what I need to do (and last stop with the blood sucking lab), then hopefully I will be cleared to get back to work till the end of March. Obviously, I am not holding my breath about it being easy to Space-R out of here, since they want new orders (visit the movement branch) and an incredibly early show time.
more as soon as I have a clue
(with a 0505 S1 to Landstuhl from Heidelberg)