While I was ‘out-processing’ in Fort Worth Texas to go to Kandahar back in 2011, I had this conversation with the DynCorp Doc:
Doctor asked me, “Did you attend a big drinking ‘going away party’ last night?”
“Nope” I lied. (I never need an excuse to drink me under the table)
“Well that is a shame, because your liver is inflamed. You sure you did not drink last night?”
“Yep. Quite sure,” I lied again.
“Well, you also have enlarged red blood cells. Do you realize what this means?”
“Yessir, I do. It means my red blood cells are capable of carrying more O2, and therefore, this is a good thing.”
*heavy sigh* from the doc. “That means they stick to each other. A bad thing.”
“Yeah, we all stick together… So doc, just sign the papers, ummm kay?”
“But… your BP… is off the chart. One-eighty over one-thirty-five”
“Ya, ain’t that cool? I have always been an over-achiever. High numbers fascinate me. Now please sign me off so I can go to the bar before going to Afghanistan to get shot at.”
True story. There are many more…
I don’t think that doc liked me. But he did sign ze papers like a good little DynCorp sycophant.