Sunday, October 12, 2008

October 12th- Two Years Later

An anniversary is today...2 years ago on October 12th in Mosul,Iraq my husband's FOB (Forward Operating Base) was attacked by insurgents when they fired multiple mortar rounds from various locations from out side the fence. My husband Spc. Rodney A. Price was wounded from a mortar blast that hit outside the door of the building he was standing in. I have heard that he was thrown 20 feet backwards when the blast came through the closed glass and metal door. He and three other soldiers were wounded from his unit. Other units from the Camp Marez also had wounded. Rodney was seriously wounded and was taken care of inside the command post where he was hit by many of his fellow 714th brothers while they continued to be under attack.
He received care from an the med-act who was dodging mortar fire to help the wounded.
He aspirated Rodney who had a collapsed lung that was filling up with blood. He had a wound to his left hip flexer that hit a major artery-and he would have bleed out had it not been for one brave soldier placing his knee and body weight on the wound to stop the bleeding.

This all happened at approx. 4:30 p.m. Iraq time which is 8 hours ahead of central standard time, so he was wounded about the time we were starting out day here in Kansas-8:30 am! I went through my day not knowing what had happened, just that I was feeling weird that day-can't really explain it-intuition?? I hadn't heard from Rodney for about 3 days, which was a little while longer than usual. I found out at 3am when Rodney's parents and sister came to our home to tell me.

Here we are 2 years later-still dealing!Some days I look back and think how can this all still be affecting our lives so strongly...still. It is all day to day-I had a dream last night I was in a mortar attack with Rodney somewhere. The brain is a complicated place full of processes that I don't even begin to understand. Why now do I have a dream such as that?

A year ago I started this blog-it has often been a life line for me. A place to go and share my feelings. A place I go and visit friends in other parts of the US and the world without ever leaving my room. To think 3 years ago I didn't even know what a BLOG was..Thank you on this anniversary day to all the readers and friends that leave "priceless" comments that make my day and help me get through the difficult ones.

I have included last years Oct. 11th post. My very first one!
Trying to Keep Imagining!


Dana said...

You and Rodney are two of the strongest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting...well...sorta meeting. I know that it seems like two years of hell. I am sure it has been, but just think....already two years down! Thank Rodney for his service for me and thank you to you as well.


SgtSudsWife said...

I know that it has been a long hard 2 yrs for you and your family.It makes me very sad to think you all are still suffering from what happened on that day.I am so very happy that he made it though everything and came back home to you.

Thank you to Rodney for his service and thank you to you and your family for your sacrifices.

I have not yet read the first post of your blog.The link did not work on this post.

Tracy said...

The link to the first post should work now-if you go to blog archive and go to oct. 2007 it is dated Oct. 11th.
thanks for all you kind and supportive words.

Alice said...

I don't think any of us realize the real cost of serving your country - unless we have done it ourselves. Can we ever say thank you enough? Not just to Rodney, but to you and your family? Other's freedom has come because of your sacrifice. I am so sorry for the trauma you have to endure. I hope that one day you will find peace. Until then, know there are more of us than you can imagine who are so grateful there are families like yours out there. And we will hold you in prayer for as long as you need.

Tonjia said...

Tracy, I am so sorry that Rodney and the others were put in this danger. We are a military family, and even though I know it sometimes doesnt make sense, I understand his desire to serve.

I am so thankful to the medic who saved Rodneys life, may God watch over him and bless him in his service.

I dont know if it ever gets easier to look back on incidents like this one. Just know that we are all here to help give you strength.

And I am so happy that you decided to join the blogging world, or I never would have "met" you! :-)

jojo said...

I am so glad that you started this blog so I could find you and thank your wonderful husband for his service to our country. God Bless you and your family with strength, comfort, and peace. You are all an inspiration to me ;)

jojo said...

p.s. I totally believe in intuition...especially where our loved ones are concerned. Don't ever doubt that feeling! Stay strong...