Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What's Up, Doc?

I mentioned a few days ago that medics don't find jokes about allergies funny when they are in the process of sticking a needle in your arm. So, I thought you might like to hear about the kinds of things they do find funny.

A few days ago, I went in for a flu shot. The medic loads up the needle, and says:
"You know, it's a good thing we aren't in the states."
"Why's that?"
"Well, we ran out of the flu vaccine, so we're having to use the local Hadji copy."

Har har.

Yesterday, I was sitting out back minding my own business, smoking a cigarette, and one of my medic buddies comes out with a pad of paper and a pen:
"Hey, I need your last name, first name, and social on here."
"What's that for?"
"Well, the aid station seems to have lost the info for the day you got your flu shot, so we have to recollect all of it."

It failed to cross my mind that he hadn't been around that day, and would have no idea when exactly I got my flu shot. I reached for the pad and pen, and promptly threw the pad across the table as the shock pen hit me.



  1. I wonder if those pens found their way into our FOBs by way of AnySoldier as our office now has one too.

  2. Hmm, I find those things funny too! And now I know what to send my soldier in his next care package.

  3. Love your blog. Stay well.

  4. buwhahahaha.... we haven't purchased one of those pens yet, but do have a shock lighter...

    Stay safe.

  5. Anonymous25/1/07 10:52

    Must be the updated version of cigarette loaders--those things you hide in someone's cigarettes. The next time they take a deep draw their cigarette blows up in their face.Hehe! (Unless it's you and you're sitting in a staff meeting with the commander watching little flakes of tobacco float gently down... )

  6. hah hah, evil medical people. I know where they're coming from. You have me to thank in some 7 degrees of Doc in the Box, I kept telling these soldier support sites to send gag items to cheer people up.

  7. Anonymous26/1/07 16:33

    Hehe! I'm a junkie AnySoldier supporter and I have mailed some "strange" stuff to troops too. I have some ideas for

  8. I just want to tell you that as someone in the states who supports the troops but once them home immediately, I want to thank you for the way you write your blogs. While they tell the story of what's going on in Iraq, they are not prejudice and they aren't angry, although I would think being over there you would have every reason to be. So make sure you come home safe, and know that even the peacenix want you home safe.

  9. I'm sorry... really... I didn't mean to laugh at your expense... but I did.

    I really enjoy your writing and I am glad I found your blog.