Evan Bilstrom, MD
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Bilstrom E. Boots on the Ground. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:646-647. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-9-201311050-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(9):646-647.
You always heard the thwap-thwap-thwap of the Cobra's rotor echoing off of the surrounding hills before the whir of the Blackhawk. Daily MEDEVAC flight, marking time. One day closer to going home. Wife's pretty pregnant, think we'e having a boy.
Robotic days. 0530, get dressed, holster 9 mm, walk outside, put on cover. Already over 100 °F. Walk to the chapel; pick up Chaps; and grab Jack, battalion dentist. Walk to the dining facility (DFAC) for chow. Weapon clear and safe, enter a sliver of home; eggs made to order, selection of Kellogg's cereal, Fruit Loops today perhaps. Eat breakfast, retelling of previous days’ dramas, Armed Forces Network (AFN) droning in background. Already watched that game 2 weeks ago. Headquarters building, battalion staff meeting. Battalion Aid Station, sick call. Symptoms punctuated by occasional departure from knee, back, and shoulder problems. Medical staff huddle, training, review inventory. Paperwork, e-mails, fitness reports. Pick up Chaps, DFAC, weapon clear and safe. Chow. AFN. Battalion Aid Station, phone calls, paperwork. Check in with FP and ER docs at Shock Trauma Platoon. Grab Chaps, Jack, chow, AFN. Occasional cigar or movie with junior officers after chow. Mail call, workout, call wife. Shower, clean 9 mm, read, lights out. Wake, repeat.
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