a blur

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)

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8 Responses to a blur

  1. Lynne says:

    You’ve earned your seat, my friend… safe trip…

  2. Barbara says:

    So you’re in Heidelberg and it’s 4 am?
    That does make a bit more sense – I wondered what you were doing looking around airplanes….didn’t get that you were flying there.
    Hope you have an uneventful and safe flight back.

  3. Berg says:

    March is your retirement date? Mazel Tov

  4. Holly says:

    Actually, end of April – on the retired Rolls as of 1 may. But March is just around the corner!

  5. Mary says:

    I didn’t realise that you had flown back ro Germany. That must have been great to be home, even for a few minutes! Sorry it had to be for something seemingly little – the physical – but the day or two away must have been great.

    I can’t believe how the time is flying. With Feb being a wonderfully short month, we are getting near the end of your deployment.

    Pls take great care and PLS stay safe!!!

  6. Helen says:

    How does it feel? What happens after March….Do you get a debriefing that also blocks unwanted memories?

  7. Brad says:

    I would advise you talking to the VA rep at Landstuhl while you are there.

    Time to start that ball rolling.

  8. Pat says:

    My sympathies on the blur.

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