This is the story of a forty-seven-year-old Catholic nurse, wife, mother, and grandmother from Ohio who joined the Army Reserves in 1990 to obtain an advanced degree. Only a few months later, she and her fellow medics found themselves deployed to Saudia Arabia to serve in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It is a story of questions and hardships, of emotional highs and lows, and of the stress that war put on this devout woman's religious faith.
The medics were of all ages and came from all walks of life. They were thrown together in the most inhospitable of conditions. They had to learn quickly how to create makeshift tented hospitals in the desert.
They were under constant threat of attack and had to function while wearing heavy, charcoal-lined suits, boots, gas masks, and gloves to protect against chemical weapons. Showers were a rare luxury, exhaustion the most common condition. Patients were from both sides of the conflict, and language and cultural differences complicated the treatment of enemy prisoners.
Coming home and adjusting to life in America again was not easy. This is an interesting and gripping story that is not far removed from more recent experiences in Iraq.