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The Deployment Is Almost Over!

I have less than a month left before I take another big ride on a radio bird and cross the great blue expanse!  Many great things have happened out here.

As I said earlier, I've arrived at a role I can be at peace with (noncombatant medical worker), and attained such peace.

Secondly, I've gotten to know and love my co-workers much more.

Thirdly, I've gotten to actually practice medicine at length (which my unit does not do when it is not deployed).  On a daily basis I've worked with 2 doctors and 3 physician's assistants.  I've asked these folks what my medic role at our clinic has been representative of, in the mainstream medical community.  I expected to be told that I have acted as a nursing aid or as an Licensed Practical Nurse, but I was wrong.  I'm told my responsibilities have been much closer to those of a Registered Nurse.  Can you believe that?!  These military medical circumstances have allowed me to forgo the lengthy formal training, normally required for this kind of work.  I've gotten to learn things as I do them, while knowing irresponsibly little about them!  It's been quite a ride!  At this point, I want to pursue a formal RN certification (which will involve taking some good ole gen. education courses!)  I've grown to become extremely satisfied with the work of a nurse.  Besides, what better occupation befits a soldier-turned-pacifist?  I could even work for a veteran's hospital, and anchor my war protests in relief work for those who unfortunately work as soldiers (because everyone needs medical care).

Fourthly, my guilt required me to become extremely frugal.  Now I am much more at peace with my salary (though still very wary), yet the frugality is remaining.  This is excellent for my discipleship!

Fifthly, I've become more resolved than ever to live very near my friends forever (once I'm out of the army and can dictate my own movements again).

Sixthly, I've read more than I did last year, already (and I read more last year than the year before).

Seventhly, I've gained more musculature in my upper body than I've ever had before.

Grace Abounds,


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Sep. 22nd, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
I know I haven't been on LJ for a long, long time, but I decided to pop in tonight. Congratulations on all the good news! I'm glad to hear things are getting much better.
Sep. 22nd, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! How's it been?
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
Pretty good, overall. Lots of good things this year. Just got back from a mini-vacation to Michigan with family.
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