By What is Sure to Follow, A PTSD Odyssey by Don Burton – Review

By What is Sure to Follow by [Burton, Donald N.]


Ex-Marine Force Recon Luke Sims is a veteran of two wars: Vietnam and the one inside his head. He’s spent the last fourteen years attending self-help group sessions at a local Veterans’ Center to help him be normal, to cope with the memories and trauma of his tour of duty. On the outside, he seems fine. But looks can deceive and it’s not long before Luke goes to war with his incredible skill set against his inner demons and the depth of his pain is at last revealed-with deadly consequences.

Based on actual in-country events of uncommon valor, unbelievable luck and supreme dedication to brethren, By What Is Sure To Follow: A PTSD Odyssey dramatically follows one veteran’s path, chronicling unknown exploits into North Vietnam during the early years of the Vietnam War. With stark realism, it reveals the potentially devastating aftereffects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) on those who go to war and painfully decries the failure of a nation to protect and heal its warriors when they come home broken.

What is being said –

By What is Sure to Follow’ is a riveting book.  Sadly, as we have learned from those who have returned from war, PTSD  can have a terrible impact on a soldier. If you are a veteran, you will empathize with Luke Sims, Burton’s book informs the reader that the bonds formed in war are permanent and there is a price for everything. It is a great book, but it is gut-wrenching at the same time. I highly recommend it.”  -Leo Barron, recipient of two Bronze Stars, is a former U.S. Army captain who served with the 101st Airborne, has seen two tours of active duty in Iraq.

Donald Burton certainly knows how to tell a story...” Five Stars – Budden Book Reviews

Military Writers Society of America
“A troubling look at the invisible wounds service to our country can inflict. The book… portrays very well the brotherhood of arms.” – Military Writers Society of America
Donald N. Burton

A Southern California native, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1966. During his nearly four years in the Navy, he did three tours in Vietnam, logging over 250 hours as a helicopter air crewman gunner and attaining the rank of Petty Officer Second Class.

His first West-Pac (Western Pacific) tour was on the USS Cogswell, (DD-651), a Fletcher-class destroyer. It briefly performed “plane guard” duty off Vietnam (Yankee Station) for the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk (CVA-63). While on coastal patrol on March 2, 1967, the Cogswell, and the USS Canberra (CA-70), a Baltimore-class cruiser, came under fire from North Vietnamese shore batteries that resulted in a 5-inch gun turret wbeing blown off the side of the Canberra.

Before his second cruise, Don became a Naval Photographer’s Mate and was transferred to the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2), an amphibious assault helicopter carrier. It hosted a squadron of Marine helicopters that ferried the ship’s nearly 2,000 Marines into battle. His duties included documenting the resident Marine Battalion’s activities shipboard and occasionally in-country whenever aerial or on-ground reconnaissance documentary photographs were needed, Don’s duties included serving as a helicopter air combat crewman, manning a .50-caliber machine gun when officially photographing the war.

My Review –

The war in Vietnam was a war that drew everyone’s attention. It was a war that perhaps we should never have entered. Rumors of why we were there were something this country shouldn’t be proud of. It was a war that I remember vividly. I was a student in high school and new boys from the neighborhood who left home to serve their country in this conflict; boys I saw come home changed.

Don Burton describes well the trauma suffered by so many Americans who were victims of the Vietnam War. The horrors our young men witnessed, participated in, and were victims of were nightmares, many would suffer from the rest of their lives in the form of PTSD; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Some have learned to deal with what happened, others have never been able to move past the horrors.

In this book, the reader will experience the everyday life of a war zone where no one was to be trusted; not a woman, not a child. In a country where there were few friends and the enemy could very well be the child standing next to you, soldiers had to be on guard at all times, for to offer aid to an innocent looking person could mean the difference between life and death – your death.

Don Burton has written an amazing account of the war that brought many to their knees, and how our country failed our soldiers upon their return. He exposes the pain and confusion that so many men suffered, to the point where the mind takes over in order to protect. Growing up in small town America, the world did little to prepare our young men for the reality of a brutal war that would forever change their lives and those around them. The book will open your eyes to the true casualties of war.

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A four-man unit brushes up against Mason and his ‘Keepers’ unit. Sparks fly from the beginning as not one of the men are looking for romance. But there’s no choice – cupid has a soft spot for SEALS and he’s lined his sights up on Devlin next. :)The right place at the right time… or the very wrong place…As part of a group helping to training Iraq soldiers, Devin is doing additional training on how to use the latest drones. But when a murder is committed on the base and suspicion is thrown on the drone’s designer, he can’t stop himself from helping her. When they return stateside, another employee in the same company is murdered. Once again suspicion falls on the designer. And as tension climbs, Devin wonders who will be next…

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Daily Journal – Days 15 and 16

Daily Journal – May 13, 14, and 15

Daily Journal – May 12

The last couple of weeks resembles the “Great Science Experiment!”  I originally visited my doctor for a nerve on the right side of my face being sensitive to touch and radiating pain with even the slightest pressure. We had already decided on previous visits that 2017 would be the year to see an orthopedic doctor about the erosive arthritis in my right hand and to see if I could find relief through pain management for my SI injury. This has resulted in me feeling quite overwhelmed. It seems that there is either physical therapy or a doctor appointment every day. Take my advice and do not take a “grocery list” to the doctor! It is not conducive to an introvert personality to have so many appointments in a short time. As you read on, you’ll see how my story reflects my INTJ personality.

For anyone wondering (lol) the MRI did show that I have a brain – and, it’s quite normal! Imagine that! The MRI showed no abnormalities but also no reason for the nerve pain. The nerves are too tiny to be seen on the test. My doctor said it could be something as simple as a kinked nerve and it will straighten itself out – hopefully soon. It’s way past wearing on every other last nerve. Most facial movements cause it to either hurt or send a strange sensation down my face. The nerve originates at the brain and travels through the skull and separates into three nerves, each servicing a third of the face – top, middle, and bottom. It is the upper third that is giving me problems. So, it’s a wait-and-see type of thing. Wait and see doesn’t work well with my personality so it’s a little (lot) trying. I am not the most patient of people.

The back/spine doctor that I had an appointment was nice enough but wanted to give me an injection in SI for the pain. He was explaining how they use an x-ray to insert a tiny needle to inject the medicine into the SI. I will tell you right now that I DO NOT have a poker face. You can read my face as though it had words written across it. He stopped mid-sentence and commented, “that doesn’t appear to be an option?” Dude! You think? Nope, nope, and nope!

For those of you who do not know where the SI is located, I will explain (short explanation). If you look at a skeleton, it is between the hip bones. It separates to allow for the birth of a child. Knowing this information, can you imagine the look that must have crossed my face? My imagination was running wild! You want me to bare my ass (excuse my language) and you want to stick a needle into my SI? Uh…nope, nope, and nope! Now, I have no idea exactly how they do this, but my brain was telling me there was no way that was going to happen! Doc, come down off the ledge and let’s start at the bottom of the ladder!

He was kind when he mentioned that is what they do there (at the hospital). Imagine if you don’t think out the scenarios and just agree to what the doctor tells you. I ask questions and then more questions, and then follow-up with more questions (the personality thing.) He was also kind enough to tell me that it doesn’t always work and some people need a shot every couple of months. What was going through my mind was, you want to stick a needle in me and then it might not even work? Nope, nope, and nope!

I am not one to mask pain. I want to know and understand what is causing it and what can we do about it – sans the needle. I told him that I didn’t know if I should quit walking, go to a gym and work with a trainer, or do physical therapy. His answer was physical therapy and that is where I am with the back problem. I was in physical therapy last summer for four months with a concentration on dry needling, but with no exercising. I decided to try a different place and so far, I am very pleased with the results.

This time, during the evaluation, I let the PT know about my experience last year and what I was looking for – which is pain management and hopefully some healing through exercise and stretching. He listened very intently and answered all of my questions and during our sessions, explains what he is doing and how it affects the SI joint. The last PT I used didn’t like when I asked questions and really didn’t like that I did research when I went home. This PT has been very open and receptive, even giving me things to look up for information. I am finding relief through the exercises and manipulation of the muscle (that did not heal properly from my fall.) He also explained that dry needling is good, but only if followed up with stretching and manipulation once the muscle is relaxed. Information fell into place for me. I have to admit though, the 15 minutes of heat at the end of each session is my favorite!

I know this post is getting rather long, but here’s the story about my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. You know it’s not good when the doctor looks at you like his last meal! First, I saw the nurse for the usual and when she saw my allergy to iodine, she remarked that might be a problem because the doctor used iodine at the injection site.  “?” It took a moment for my answer, “That won’t be a problem” to register. Geez! Why does everything involve a needle?!

First, he wanted to cut open my fingers and scrape what he referred to as bone spurs on my joints by the fingernails (if it has a name, I don’t know it), then fuse the joints. One-at-a-time. This would involve six surgeries! THEN, there would be a joint replacement of my index finger/thumb on my right hand (the one affected by erosive arthritis). I was in pain just listening to him. Once again, it’s like – come down off the ledge doc. When I burst his bubble, the next suggestion was a shot. Again – masking the pain. Nope, nope, and nope! We settled on physical therapy, which I will not begin until I work on my SI. Too many appointments!

The bottom line of that story is I may eventually have to consider these solutions, but not until I’ve discussed with my oncologist how surgery might affect my blood disorders. Any type of blood loss will affect my red cell count and platelet multiplication in a negative way.

This all happened after I made it to the hospital for the appointment only to have GPS route me out of the parking lot, a half mile down the road, u-turn, back to the parking lot I had just been in, and then tell me I had reached my destination. Say what?!

That concludes my “Lucy” adventures for the last two weeks. Thanks for stopping by!

Daily Journal – May 9, 10, and 11

Things have been a little crazy around here with physical therapy and doctor appointments and the opening of trawling season so I’m behind in posting; not journaling, just posting – so here goes!