Fallen Ill and Time is Running Short.....
You may have noticed that I haven't blogged recently. I've been sick (with pneumonia) and lost not only blogging time, but time I'd intended to spend preparing for my departure next week to Fort Dix and training.
I noticed that I had a sore throat last Saturday, but thought nothing of it. I continued to pack Monday, and also gave my mom more instructions on how to use e-mail and how to read this blog. (Things are coming along.)
Tuesday, I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a truck.
I stayed in bed most of the day, but managed a trip to the doctor's office, where I described my symptoms: body aches, tightness in the chest, the sorest throat I could ever remember having, five-minute coughing fits every half hour or so. He diagnosed my problem as early stage pneumonia, after asking a barrage of personal questions.
I spent another 24 hours in bed and returned to the doctor's office, where a nurse pointed me to an article that said a dangerous bacteria had been detected on the National Mall during recent protests that I'd attended. I don't know if my illness was actually caused by the protest bacteria -- but whatever I got made a mess of the week.
I ended up missing the first day of a scheduled two-day drill. I also lost time I might have spent trying to rent my condo or sell my truck -- tasks that it looks like I'll have to handle from out of town.
We depart Tuesday as a unit to Fort Dix, where we'll complete our training prior to deployment. Mine are still missing, but many of the unit members' foot lockers and duffels are already deposited on the floor of our hanger -- which now looks like the lost baggage area of an airport, albeit one where the only colors used are black and olive drab green.
Packing is one more loose end I'll have to tie up over the weekend. I'm ready, having trained for 10 years for the mission I'm about to take on. Some of the men in my unit have trained for longer, some for less time. Now, we will all execute.
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