Back From Iraq: A Soldier’s Story
Staff Sergeant Mark Thompson convinced the Army that having type 1 diabetes shouldn’t keep him from serving in Iraq. An exerpt from the cover story from Diabetes Forecast magazine:
Thompson wears an insulin pump, and his main challenge would be keeping the insulin at 86°F or less, all while on the go in a place where temperatures can soar well over 100°F. He discovered reusable Frio pouches, which are made of a special material that is activated when the pouches are immersed in water. They keep contents cool for well over a day in such temperatures. ……..Summer came, bringing a blast of unimaginable heat. ……Temperatures hit upwards of 130°F; even the rock candy Thompson’s mother had sent from home melted.
The desert air, especially if there was any wind, “felt like sticking your head in the oven while cooking the Thanksgiving turkey,” Thompson said.
But Thompson was holding his own, and so were his pouches. He never even needed the refrigerator. And by February of this year, Thompson had completed his tour of duty in Iraq.
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