Saturday, November 04, 2006



Thursday, November 02, 2006

Silver Lining

Though we have some rough days over here, I want to share a pleasant experience I had recently. While there is some argument as to who is "at fault" over here, there is no question the children of this country are truly innocent bystanders in this conflict. We recently cared for an 11-year-old little girl who was playing at her house when she was shot in the head by a stray bullet from a nearby firefight. She was brought to our hospital in critical condition; unconcious, barely breathing, with swelling of her brain. We stabilized her, supported her breathing, and lowered the pressure in her brain, then evacuated her by helicopter to one of the larger hospitals in Balad. There the neurosurgeons took her to the operating room and performed brain surgery. A week later I was walking through my aid station to see this beautiful young girl and her father sitting in our patient holding area, having just returned from the hospital in Balad on the way back to their home in Ramadi. She was awake, conversant, smiling, and walking around holding her father's hand. The neurosurgeons saved her life, but it was an absolute pleasure to play even a small part in returning this little girl to her father and reuniting their family.


We had a blast on Halloween again this year. The kids looked awesome. We went to Montrose again and then we went trick-or -treating in a nearby neighborhood. the kids got tons of candy. they really loved handing out candy back at our house. Tyler was wiped out and was in bed by 2000. He is trying to eat all the candy. He does not like my 1 piece of candy/day rule.

Haloween parade at Mountain Avenue

These are pictures from the Halloween Parade at Mountian Avenue. Madison is with her 5th Grade Buddy- Sarah. Madison wanted you to see her. Trevor's calss.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween Blog

Halloween Blog

Monday, October 30, 2006

flag ceremony/pumpkin presentation

Just a few highlights from the week. Madison was presented with a certificate for being best citizen. Trevor's class presented their pumpkin book reports at flag ceremony. Our decorated pumpkins- we took the easy way out this year. No carving.