Monday, July 19, 2010

Picture Of The Day - 20 JUL 2010 "Master Healer"

20 JUL 2010 - LTC Podalirius
Health care is a team sport. Its not always about the surgeon (I am told that the first step is admitting it). There are surgeons, anesthetists, medicine doctors, nurses, medics, technicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, lions AND tigers AND bears - Oh My.

We were fortunate at FOB Shank to have LTC H (AKA Podalirius). Over the last 10 years, the military has identified an injury pattern known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Most of us would refer to this as a "concussion". mTBI is an injury caused mainly by explosive force (e.g. from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)). In Iraq, IEDs were consistently mortally devastating to our troops. Recently, our soldiers of Operation Enduring Freedom have benefited by the addition of MRAPs. I believe that there is significantly less trauma (Although there are still many instances of significant trauma and death) inflicted on our soldiers because of the protection offered by these vehicles. However, being in the epicenter of an explosion still leaves many with mTBI. 

Most soldiers with mTBI rapidly improve with the innovative therapies applied by CPT J. However, some continue to have prolonged symptoms which include chronic headache. LTC H applied his expert knowledge and skill to help some soldiers with mTBI. He performed trigger point injections on those soldiers that could not find relief with standard medical treatment alone. He was successful in relieving their pain and returning them to duty.

LTC H is a master at his art. He has had multiple deployments in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a gentleman, a scholar and a patriot. Thank you LTC Podalirius.