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Friday, July 06, 2007

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A young woman struggles with her injuries that have left her a double amputee due to a bomb blast in Iraq. She is now stateside, continuing her therapy and recovery efforts. As you can imagine, she is bitter about what has happened to her.

My name is Allie Nichole Soileau ("Swallow" is how my last name is pronounced). I originally lived in New Orleans, Louisiana: lived there all my life until 1989, where I enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. I went all over the world: Germany, England, Finland, Turkey, then ultimately Afghanistan and finally Iraq, where, I'm sad to say, my military career abruptly ended.

In the fall of 2006, in Fallujah, Iraq, where I was keeping watch over my platoon with four of my comrades, a bomb landed not even 100 yards from us--and the world I once knew instantly faded into a sea of blackness as the bomb detonated.

When I woke up some time later, I woke up to a world colored with pain. Blinding pain. I found myself lying flat on my back in a hospital bed, IV's hanging above me. When I looked to see if any part of me had been blown off in the blast, dizziness/nausea engulfed me, sending me back into that merciful sea of blackness.

I didn't wake up again until some time later, several days, in fact. A nurse was bending over me, taking my blood pressure, while a male doctor kept shining a bright beam of light directly into my eyes, forcing me to look away. He kept calling my name over and over. I felt confused: I didn't know where on God's green earth I was--oh, I knew I was in a hospital, but where--that was the question. I was in excruciating pain: dizziness and nausea slammed into me like waves. It wasn't long before I begged for some relief from my suffering.

The next thing I felt was the sensation of a needle being pricked into the bend of my elbow, a cold feeling coarsing through my veins--then nothing at all as the room shimmered before me, then faded altogether.

I still didn't know what exactly happened to me. Maybe it was for the best; Lord knows, I certainly wasn't prepared for the devastating news that the doctor was about to tell me.

It turned out that when the bomb exploded in front of us, four of my buddies died instantly, and I was gravely injured. My legs had both been blown clear off in the blast.

No wonder I hurt so fucking bad.


Not long after this period, time seemed to slow down to a crawl. One day turned out like the others: days blurred into a hazy montage of lengthy hospitalizations, ongoing therapy that about did me in, surgeries, monitors, IV's, and other medical equipment,. I didn't care if I fucking lived or fucking died. I became extremely depressed.

My life as I knew it was over. The life as I knew it prior to going into the military as a carefree young woman who loved life fully was no longer mine. I was now to spend the rest of my days in a hospital (or rehab facility)--or lying in bed or sitting in a wheelchair with two stumps for legs.

I was now rendered a cripple, a g.d. cripple, who would proably end up homeless somewhere, selling pencils or lightbulbs in order to make a living for herself.

Suicide seemed to be the only viable answer at this point in my life.

********************End of Part One.*********************

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Reviewed by E. Richardson 7/8/2007
oh my...this is really good...and a bit too close to home.
I was rambling about in here and ran across this and it brought tears to my reminded me of those things seen nearly forty years ago.
Wonderful piece of writing RedBird.
My hat is off to ya...and if you are still in contact with this young WM, let her know this old Marine salutes her.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/8/2007
A very sad write! We all have things we have to face whether we want too or not.........M
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/7/2007
A sad beginning...hopefully it will become more bearable soon!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 7/6/2007

As a medic who first worked in an Ortho ward in Japan......then the Medevac Medic in 'Nam....this story is all to familiar...I often think of "Lieutenant Dan" in the movie "Forrest Gump" and how he overcame the will not to live by riding the mast of the shrimp boat in a hurricane, saying..."C'mon God....give it to me"....this story has great relevance to/for me.

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone 7/6/2007
I've known someone who woke up to that reality and had the same feelings. His was a taxi driver who went off a road into a guard rail. It happens in many places and it takes finding the will to live. Lady J
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/6/2007
Strong story line, you have a way of making your characters come to life
God Bless
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/6/2007
Strong story line and an excellant beginning..very real and lifelike.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar 7/6/2007
Part One. Sad but can be expected. Hope there's a future for the girl. We wait for part Two. Victor
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/6/2007

Compelling writing takes you into Allie's nightmare: well done! Look forward to more of her story.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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