Ep. 18 Special Forces Medic: Tyr aka Charlie Martel aka @redleader_standingby

Since starting the Medic Up! Podcast it has amazed me what you get if you just ask. I have followed @redleader_standingby since about mid-2017 when he posted a photo essay to his Instagram that depicted an elective field amputation of an Afgan national in 2003 near the Pakistan border. I was impressed by the detail in which he wrote his thoughts about the procedure and how he conducted it in a very resource-limited environment. I was more impressed how he answered questioned posed by many of his IG followers about the medicine. If there is one thing I can attest, it’s that most special forces medics are humble and nerd out over medicine and jump at the chance to pass on lessons hard learned on the battlefield or forward clinic. Mr. Martel also has a way with words. He’s a natural writer and and seems to write the most perfect prose wright when you need to hear it. So, one day I sent a DM through the GRAM and the next thing I know I’m on the phone and pressing record.

Give this episode a listen and pay close attention to his MINDSET. The episode goes off the rails at the end because I timed the interview poorly and had to leave abruptly as I noticed the time was creeping up on me and I had a previous teaching commitment oddly enough, to teach a Stop the Bleed course to local high school faculty. So, hopefully we’ll pick up where we left off if I can catch Tyr before he jetsets off to his next adventure.

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