a migraine the size of Texas.
No really, I don’t have a headache at all, but am probably at risk tomorrow for caffeine withdrawal.
It has been just one of those days where email has flowed in faster than my ability to answer, delete or deal; there have been too many meetings and phone calls leaving little time to think.
The end result is that I have work in progress on all three systems sitting on my desk (plus need to log onto the NATO system on another desk), multiple piles of paper cluttering up the desk and a sense that things are spiraling out of control.
I could come up with several excuses (doing two jobs in addition to my own, staff officers who are trying hard but just don’t get it right the first couple of times, staff in other sections burning out at the 10 month mark) but it isn’t worth it. (Making excuses or complaining too much.) There is nothing any of us can do about self-invited “expert teams” that want to tell us how to manage certain aspects of care in theater (reference previous rants about MRIs) or scheduled VIP senior leadership except make sure that they hear what we have to say.
If you have not seen this site – iCasualties tracks all the fatalities by year, province, country of service member origin. Our (Allies) deaths certainly don’t match those of the local country, but there is such a high cost.
Meanwhile, there are commands here in theater doing a fantastic job of delivering care, that have more expertise than any civilian facility in the US. No one is particularly happy that our surgeon’s know more about traumatic blast amputations than any trauma center in the US; it is just a fact of war. It is very difficult, but not impossible, to conduct research here. In no case should it compromise care or put additional burdens on an already short system.
I think I am going to take my two cans of Triple Mocha Energy Blend (Shock Ice Coffee) scored from Aviation DFAC home. Probably not for tonight, but one just might be what I need in the morning since their FAQ page reports one can is about = two cups of coffee. Now was that US or European Coffee?