Start by saying hello and I hope all is well at home. I have an address if anybody wants to write.
Maj. Barry Bohlen
915 FST Unit #071
COB Basrah, Iraq
APO AE 09374
I will describe what some of that stuff means above and how it kind of
works. If your interested. The 915 FST is the call sign for the group in
which I am attached to. FST means Forward Surgical Team. There are a fair amount of these scattered all over the U.S. in bases. I think there is 10. They are primarily a reserve unit set up of surgeons, nurses, and enlisted that specialize in being a medic and/or surgical tech. There technically about 20 people in each FST. The purpose of the FST is to be mobile and deployed with the battle front. There are bigger units made of more people called Combat Surgical Hospitals that are deployed close to the battle but are larger and fixed and can take care of people longer. More hospital like. The FST that I am attached to is based out of FT. Lewis in the state of Washington and have been here appoximately 9 months. There time is a year at a time and so they will be wrapping up when I go home in the middle
of July also. Another FST group is suppose to come in for them and really finish the mission here once and for all. The FST here is actually split between two areas with 10 people here and 10 more at a base farther up the border. I am here with a CRNA (Dean), a general surgeon, and basically 7-8 other people to help with taking care of the soldiers. Our job is to take of the surgical and emergency room needs of the troops in this area. So we are like a miniture emergency room staff. The other half of our hospital is group of primary care doctors, physicain assistants, medics, and nurses that take care of the general needs of the soldiers. We have a dentist, lab, pharmacy, radiology, and a full time chapel. A great system to be functional in this environment. The two groups work together in this situation but if something were to happen we would take our equipment and mover forward. Great group of people.
Today we are going to talk about my path to the gym. I am getting in a routine to get up every morning here and call the family. Our 5am
correspons to your 9 pm. I get to talk to them at the end of there day.
From there I come to the gym to work out. I know some of you are saying bullsh*t. I like that * thing. It makes me smile. Yes its true. 4 days into it and really working on the cardio thing and incorporating abs and other things as the weeks will go along. I am starting slow b/c I don't want to hurt myself. That is my advice to my patients also. They have a P90X program here but I think that is for whoosies. I have decided to do my own program that involves strength, speed, agility, and brains. The last one is the most significant change then p90X. I think that is an enzyme in the liver anyway. I have seen some of the results of one of my friends in particular and he still looks like Phil Mickelson[?]. I like those smiley things. We will see if they come through on the other side. If so, watch out b/c there will be more. Anyway the name of my program is WWS60. That means Workout for a Wimpy Soldiear in 60 minutes. So far it has gone very well and we will see how it works. I may add another letter at the end of
it, just so I can be cool like p90. I will think about it.
This blog has been hanging in limbo for a day b/c the internet server for the pictures is not working. So hopefully have 2 updates today. The internet situation here is fluid and frustrating at best. Hope all is well at home