It’s Kristen here, and I am sorry for the delay on my part. I have been under the weather for the past several days and have much to catch up on. First, let me tell you a little bit about who I am, besides being one of ten travelers to this great country. I am a 2014 Graduate of the BSN program at the University of New England and a current FNP student at UMASS- Lowell. Currently, I am entering my second year as an Emergency Department RN. Prior to that, I was a medic in the USAF. In 2009 I was deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan where I worked in an ICU step down unit for seven months. It was a unique experience there as there were so many different kinds of people being treated– most of them heavy trauma patients but many humanitarian cases including correction of cleft palates and other facial deformities in children. Shortly thereafter, I went to Joint Base Balad, Iraq for 6 months where I performed Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility Command and Control- but just call me C2– I helped the injured guys (and one lady) get home, by far one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. After that, I have gone on several small trips abroad including one, teaching urban search and rescue and patient trauma assessment to “baby” El Salvadoran Special Forces troops. Currently, I live with my family in NH and we raise chickens, ducks, pigs, turkeys and have five “rescued” cats and a retired racing Greyhound. That’s me in a nutshell. My next post will have lots of pictures!