Afghan Crud

Afghan Crud …. A name commonly given to a stomach bug that EVERYONE gets while they are here. They say that everyone gets it at least once. Well I got it and I hope that is the only time I get it. It hit me on Sunday AM about 5:30 AM after coming off an all night mission. We were up all night trying to catch bad guys on a road so naturally I had no sleep. We pulled out at first light and came back to the FOB. On the way back I was not feeling great, but thought it was just from being up all night. I came into my room, dropped all of my gear and crashed. A couple of hours later I woke with a bad feeling in my stomach. I hurled what little I had in my system ( I had no dinner the night before), and then rolled over and crashed. I awoke a couple of hours later and hurled again. This time I knew I had to try to get to the medics. One of the guys drove me there, but the medics were dealing with real-world critical patients so I decided to come back later. I woke up several hours later and hurled yet again. Of course after three times it was very painful with nothing left in me. Around 3PM I went back to the medics and got an IV and some medicine to calm my stomach. I went back to my room about 4PM and woke up about 9PM feeling a little better and somewhat hungry. One of the guys gave me some town-house crackers. I ate a few of them and a few chips, and then crashed back out until 8:30 this morning. So except for 1 hour being up to go to the medics and one hour up to eat some crackers I was asleep. I felt like Rumpelstilskin. At 8:30 this morning I forced myself up and went to take shower and have a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I walked to the TOC, checked email and walked back. After that walk, I was exhausted. I just had no energy and was wiped by the time I got back to my room. I crashed today for about 4 hours before waking up and eating some more crackers and other small items. This afternoon I watched a little bit of a movie and just relaxed. I got dressed in uniform and went to dinner and was able to eat a little bit more then. I am currently feeling quite a bit better, but not 100%. I think that by tomorrow morning I should be ok. Right now I feel wiped, but I have no choice as I think that I need to stay up and keep my body moving in order to get my energy back.

Needless to say my Father’s Day was a wash. Not that I would have had much of one here, but it would have been nice to talk to my boys on that day, rather than sleeping it all away. I guess the one good thing about it all is that if that was my only time to get the crud, at least it is behind me now. So I am talking to Christine now and listening to Hunter and Jordan fighting in the background. It is almost like I am there.


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  1. teresa


    thank you for the information on the afghan crud. my son just arrived over there in gardez and got this afghan crud , i didnt know what it was so i goolged it and got your website. again thank you for the information. and thank you for serving our country

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