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Still at Benning

Shots were more emotionally bad than anything else.  Even though I've been getting a lot of shots and blood draws lately, for some reason I was dreading them like nothing else.  Then the guy in front of me passed out at a finger stick.  I was rocking back and forth in my chair when I saw SGT S pointing a camera at me.  I mouthed "No" and waved my hands in front of my face and bitch took the picture anyway.  I called out "That wasn't funny!" and told her later that taking pictures of a person who has asked not to be photographed is plain wrong.

Nurse gave me a lollipop after shots, on my request.

Smallpox didn't hurt, but I now have this pus filled oozing sore to take care of and not touch lest I give myself smallpox on other parts of my body.  Greeeeaaaaat.  Unless I turn out to be one of the lucky few who don't blister which I might be.  I have a smallpox scar already, but it's tiny which might indicate that I didn't do badly last time when I was a little kid.

Last night most of my team went to go see "The Hangover".  If you like crude humour and buddy pictures, this is a good one.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
It's good to hear from you! Hope you're not too sore from the shots. Was this first day mainly just getting shots or did you do anything else?

I hope your quarters are cool.
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
The medical SRP was day 3. The first couple days were drawing new uniforms and equipment. Today was classes on First Aid and IEDs. Tomorrow we go to the M-16 or M-9 range as appropriate. For me it's M-16.
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Tomorrow is already Thursday ... time is passing quickly.

Good luck at the range tomorrow.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Are you being immunized against biological warfare?
I thought smallpox was history? According to Wikipedia: "After successful vaccination campaigns throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the WHO certified the eradication of smallpox in December 1979.[7] To this day, smallpox is the only human infectious disease to have been completely eradicated."

Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Are you being immunized against biological warfare?
Smallpox is eradicated from the wild, but still exists in stockpiles in various parts of the world.
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: Are you being immunized against biological warfare?
They give it because it still exists in labs and they're worried about it becoming a biological weapon.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Yaay for nice nurse giving an adult a lollipop.
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Did you have to get Anthrax?
Jun. 25th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got the anthrax one. That one is horseshit. All the other armies have discontinued it because they don't think it's necessary or safe and I agree. Another reason I won't re-enlist.
Jun. 27th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I think I had to get about four already out of a series of five. I haven't noticed any adverse side-effects because of it, but who knows? Like you mentioned previously, there could have been one already.
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