Greetings from Baghdad

  1. How the heck did we get to mid-October??

    I've been so crazy busy at work the past two weeks, my mind is still back in late September. But thanks to a reminder from a kind member who PM'ed asking how my daughter Melanie and her dearly beloved were doing in Iraq, it occurred to me that I was remiss in failing to update you all on their tour of duty. It's the least I owe you for caring about them and praying for them---and me as well.

    The good news is, they are both safe and sound thus far, and they're having quite an adventure. They've met some incredible people from all over the world, including a number of Iraqis, with whom they've formed friendships that will probably endure for many years. Melanie says it's very Americanized where they are---they even have a Burger King and a Subway! They do hear the occasional car bomb, she says, but otherwise they are actually pretty far away from the front lines.

    The bad news is, they both caught a cold their first week there, and now she has a terrible cough that makes her sound like a two-year-old with the croup, or someone who's been smoking 2 packs a day for fifty years. She tells me that most soldiers develop this cough shortly after their arrival in the desert; it's due to all the blowing sand and dust in the air, and until they get used to it, people sound like they're coughing up a lung. I don't know about that; all I know is that she sounds AWFUL and I'm concerned. She is the only one of my children who never developed asthma, but she sure sounds like she's working on it!

    Of course, I realize that soldiers can only say so much, but other than that bone-rattling cough, it seems like she's actually having a great time........she misses the baby desperately, to be sure, but his paternal grandparents are keeping all of us current by sending pictures every few weeks. They are VERY nice, and I've developed a friendship with his 'other' grandma (who's about a decade younger than I) which is a welcome diversion. They love having Bryan around and are currently working on a video of his doings that they're going to copy and send us as soon as they can. So, being able to keep up with the grandbaby and knowing we won't lose track of him helps the heartache as well.

    It's still kind of hard to believe that my little girl is so very far away, but thanks to all of your prayers and kind thoughts, her dad and I have been able to accept what is, and to continue on with our lives. We still hate this war, and we wish she were home with her little one where (we think) she belongs; but there is a reason for EVERYTHING that happens, and we are confident that she and our SIL will be all right...........and if not, that God will help us bear whatever comes.

    Thank you all once again for caring about my dear ones. I'll try to do better with updating you in the future.:spin:
  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   compassion1
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying for you all. God bless you.
  4. by   sirI
    They are in my prayers every single day, Marla!!!!

    Thanks for the update.

    ((((HUGS FOR YOU)))))
  5. by   suzy253
    (((Marla))) Keeping you and your family in my thoughts & prayers.
  6. by   nursemary9
    Dear Marla,

    Thanks for the update. I've been wondering how they were.
    You know your family is always in my thoughts and prayers.
    They are very courageous and brave to be over there;
    Thank you again for sharing!!
  7. by   TazziRN
    [font=book antiqua]thank you for the update, i've wondered how they were doing. hugs to you and prayers for their safe return.
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    [font=book antiqua]tazzi
  8. by   dianah
    Quote from compassion1
    My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying for you all. God bless you.
    I couldn't have said it better!! Hugs.
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Thanks for the up date. I served in the first Gulf War way back in 91 and the first couple of weeks I was out in Saudi Arabia I had bad sinus infection due to all the dust and sand. I also developed Asthma when I came home and blamed the enviorment.
  10. by   Grace Oz
    So glad to read this news, Marla.
    Have been thinking of you and your DD and SIL and family.
    Prayers continue for their safety and the safety of all serving in those hell holes.
  11. by   SuesquatchRN
    I'm thinking of them all, Marla.

    My brother is with USAID and is in Iraq now.

    I'm glad that she's enjoying her great adventure and making friends.
  12. by   traumaRUs
    Aw Marla - thanks for the update.
  13. by   Joe NightingMale
    Glad to hear things are going well. I hope they stay safe.
  14. by   tnbutterfly
    Marla, thanks so much for the update. I can't even imaginde how difficult this is for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.