That little voice in my head  

ptfreak 55M
42 posts
12/12/2005 10:49 pm

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That little voice in my head

Not a real voice. Just something that tells you when you need to do something or be somewhere.
I learned that I need to listen to that "voice" about ten months ago.
I was in a dam on the euphrates. Our unit was tasked to go into a town and go into a suspected insurgent meeting place. We were expecting to find someone or ones. But that is not what this story is about. All I know is I had to be at the mission briefing. No open seat available for extra hands: this mission was full, attachments and all. Still I asked. No joy. It's rare the Marines would say no to an additional corpsman. Especially me. I seem to have a rep good amongst them.
Something told me to be up when that mission went down. I went and napped until about 0100 that night, about the time that mission went down.
I walked up the stairwell to the top of the dam where our aid station was situated. Woke up the duty corpman trying to sleep.
I was in there for only a few minutes when the phone rang. COC calls to let us to ready to recieve casualties. I shake the duty awake. He heads for the corpsmen's hooch. I head down into the bowels of the dam to find the battalion surgeon. I get him up and I'm flying back up the stairwell. And we wait.
The first hummers come in with the worst. Four men torn up by small arms/light machinegun fire. Took up all our tables. I was so focused on the man in front of me, I wasn't even conscious of the walking wounded being shuffled in, treated and shuffled out again. My mind was only on the man in front of me, ventilating him.
Two died on the tables. If you had seen them, you wouldn't have believed they were alive when they were brought in. The other two we managed to casevac out.
My voice told me where to be, where I had to be. The voice has been with me as far back as I remember. I'm going to listen to it more. Now.
I think I can sleep now.

bangingmyhead 54M
157 posts
12/13/2005 7:20 am

I too have learned to trust that little voice in my head. Intuition is someting modern life tends to ignore.

ptfreak 55M

12/13/2005 3:48 pm

Open the window. I have a question.

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