Do you know…

… what an IED is? It stands for an ‘Improvised Explosive Device’. this is a weapon of choice by insurgents in places like Iraq and Afghanistan – not to mention a whole swag of places where people fight a ‘dirty’ war against others (their own included) – for reasons mostly unknown to the vast majority of us Aussies.

Today I’m thinking of one person in particular, whom I know has been on the receiving end of one of these nasty bit’s of kit. An IED went BANG under or near the car he was traveling in and as a result – the past three years have seen him miss out on the joys of being in control of certain parts of his body once issued to him – his legs.

Over three years ago a horrific event robbed this man of one leg, wrecked the other, peppered his body with shrapnel and near on lost him his eyesight as well. It has seen him undertake more operations than I could care to think on and, sent his family on a roller-coaster ride I’m sure they felt they could never get off.

Last week he gave his fate over to others and underwent an operation aimed at giving him back the opportunity to walk again – under his own steam.

Soon after I received the following news:

“Xxxx walked 5 steps today. The first steps in three years.”

Mate, I can’t even begin to understand how deep you need to reach inside yourself, just so you can drag out that which you need, to make it through another bloody day.

I’m willing to bet though that it has a lot to do with that bloody amazing ‘support team’ you’ve got surrounding ya – all of ’em – ‘family’!

Bravo Zulu to you and yours mate… I’ll drop by and see you soon.

Belongum – Out!

Please note: If you happen to know of this person – please do not name him in this post nor make any personal reference to his family.


About Belongum

People bring 'things' to me. Not necessarily PHYSICAL things as such - mostly just the loose bits and pieces floating around in their 'brain-box'. Sometimes, they also bring themselves - and THAT isn't anywhere near as simple as it sounds. I come here to pass some of this 'brain-box business' on to the ether world, and to empty my head. Besides folks - I love a good yarn - so come and join me!
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One Response to Do you know…

  1. Ian says:

    Stuff like this makes ya almost embarrassed to complain of the various ailments we have to bear as life plays out it’s plan for us.
    G’day Ian… yeah – it’s a fine reminder of certain things eh – I guess though that the things that give us grief in life are all relative to us and our own little foibles. It sure makes a mockery of those pointless grumbles eh… I need reminders like this – just wish it didn’t come at such a cost! Hope all’s well in up top mate… cheers 😉


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