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April 10th, 2014:

Another week of training, more scary stuff

On Monday and Tuesday this week, I attended the “Security Overseas Seminar,” during which invited speakers took turns telling us about all the scary things that can happen to you overseas: surveillance, spying, carjacking, sexual assault, chemical weapons, and bombs. The final presentation was from a clinical psychologist. Her topic was how to bounce back from trauma. At times it felt like the presentations alone were trauma.

Wednesday was a one-day class on emergency medical trauma. Among other things, I learned what a sucking chest wound is. I think that, in general, it’s best to avoid sucking chest wounds.

Now that they have scared the life out of us, we might take precautions when overseas, and be safer. I guess that’s the idea.