Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

Happy Tax Day! Okay, maybe not such a happy day for everyone... ;-)

Today was certainly a good day here. Jason was in pretty good spirits and is looking forward to tomorrow's medical appointment. We are all hoping that the doctor is happy with how the wounds have progressed and will okay his getting back into his chair. Getting back into his chair means so much for him (and for the rest of us, too), as it allows him to move about the house and be with his kids more; it means he can get back into a routine of going to his physical therapy, where he has a better chance of doing exercise with a trainer; it means he will be another step closer to getting his own vehicle and getting that extra step of independence; and, it will be a chance for him to finally get out of his room, when he wants too.

Jason received a call to coordinate a meeting, tomorrow, with the folks who do robotics work, for helping the wounded warriors, allowing them to gain some independence. Apparently they will be coming over around 13:30, so we will be able to see just what it is they offer. The possibilities are very high and exciting for all of us, so we continue to be positive about the future.Jason also received a letter from the Gary Sinise Foundation and The Carrington Corporation. They are working jointly to insure that Jason's house is built, and built to his specifications. It was a great letter and what made it particularly exciting is that it was signed by Michael Barrett, Jason's former First Sergeant when he was at Bethesda. We got to know Michael pretty good, and found him to be a great guy to get things done. (Note: This is not the same Micheal Barrett who is the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. - They know each other very well, but are two different people).

When the girls came home from school today they were full of energy and wanted to still get out and play. I took them to the park, and let them play there for about 1/2 an hour and Stacy said she wanted to go back to the house. Jackie wasn't ready to go back inside, so we then all went out in the backyard and they played with the scooter and tricycle, while snacking on some Quinoa and Black Bean Tortilla Chips and humus (Linda introduced this snack and the girls love it). This gave Linda time to fix dinner and when it was ready, the girls were ready to head back in. We had a great dinner and relaxed evening, with me telling the girls stories with characters using their names, and it made them laugh, and finally it was bed time. I hope tomorrow is as good a day as today has been. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Today was a good day for a nice bike ride, and I decided to take advantage of it. I hadn't ridden out to Mission beach in several weeks, and as it turned out, I took a few new turns and found a couple new paths and had a nice 17 mile ride. Maybe not as nice as Monterey's 17 Mile Drive, but still a nice ride for me. 

We got up this morning and Linda made some French toast for breakfast, and it was really good. Jason and I finished off the bread, so we'll have to get more. We continue to get ready for Easter while at the same time still reorganizing the house, as well as can be done. We're thinking about picking up a couple of those metal, adjustable racks that Costco sells, and we think that it will help with getting things more organized, as well as being better stacked. You can only stack boxes so high, and the racks allow for much higher stacking.

Linda went to go pick up Stacy from her pre-school, and I went to pick up Jackie, and when I got there Jackie came running over to great me and immediately wanted me to pick her up. I'm guessing that there was a similar occurrence at Stacy's school, for Linda. It is always so much fun to have the girls with us, and they are always so happy and full of energy. 

The rest of the evening was spent with the girls going to the backyard with Grandma, and they all practiced their art work with sidewalk chalk, drawing pictures of anything and everything. The best thing is when the girls lay down and ask Grandma to draw lines around them, so they can see themselves on the ground. Tomorrow is another quiet day, and I can tell that Jason is getting anxious to get back to the doctor. He is eager to find out how the wounds are healing, and so are Linda and I. Wednesday will be the big day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014

Today was a pretty good day, as Jason is doing well and though we really didn't go anywhere, we had a good time. We did have a visitor, two actually, Richard Rovsek and his wife came by to talk with Jason, Linda and I about a relatively new foundation, The Spirit of Liberty Foundation, and something new they're putting together. It sounds very interesting and has a high potential to do some good for all the wounded warriors, both those with visible injuries, as well as those with things like PTSD and other "hidden" wounds. Right now Jason can not do much, for multiple reasons, other than to possibly advise and being a "sounding board" for when they might have some ideas. Down the road, though, he could possibly help in other ways, that I won't be talking about just yet. I will be learning more about them, over the next few weeks, and getting a chance to speak with them more. Perhaps Linda and I will be able to help them in some small way, as they get started.

Other than that we spent most of the day just being together and enjoying our selves. Linda has been busy preparing for Easter, and I think the girls are going to be very pleased with what they see. Jason rested very well, and Linda and I even took a short nap. This afternoon, Serving Spoons, Annie, came by and dropped off a very nice dinner for us. She comes once a month to basically give us a nice Sunday dinner, and it was. I hope you all had a great weekend, and that the weather is great throughout the week. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014

Not a great deal to write about today, other than it was a good day and we managed to get some things done. I started the day with a nice bike ride up to Cabrillo National Park, and found that it was closed. It was kind of a bummer, because it is actually a lot of work to ride up to the park, and then generally it is much more casual around in the park - as you rest a bit. Of course the ride back to the house was mostly down hill, so I did get to rest, but it wasn't the same thing. And I did manage to get back to the house at a relatively early hour, about 08:45, and it was still quiet.

I guess the big news for the day was that we now have a place to take the cats, while we wait for the house to be built. This is a very big relief, as we effectively have run out of time. The folks who will be "fostering" the cats are very nice people, and they are actually only about 20 minutes away. All we have to do now is to make sure there is food for them, and we take them to the vet when there is a need (and any other cat expense that might come up). We connected with these folks through Dogs on Deployment (DoD), a non-profit group who are there to help military families who find they need to have a place for their pets to go, while they have to be somewhere else. So far we're very happy with them, and see no reason for this to change.

Tonight was pizza night, and we sat back and watched a DVD. We saw, "Unstoppable," the movie about that runaway train in Pennsylvania, back a few years, maybe 10. We hadn't seen it in awhile and it was kind of fun to watch. Tomorrow should be another good relaxed day, though there is still plenty of work to be done around here, after church. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014

Today is one of those days where you just have to take situations, one thing at a time. I had gotten up and was actually planning on getting out and going for a bike ride. About 20 minutes prior to getting ready Jason received a phone call from his primary doctor, who had heard about the situation with Jason's eyes (from his Wound Care visit yesterday). Well, this ended up turning into an eye appointment with Ophthalmology and we needed to get Jason in to the hospital sometime this morning. Okay, so now I need to call the ambulance to get them over to pick up Jason (and me), and that was end of  my ride. On a Friday you don't want to be out on the street, on a bicycle, if you don't have to, after about 14:00 (2pm). People are more interested in getting home and getting the weekend started, and really become rude, discourteous drivers, which translates to dangerous drivers, especially for those on bikes... so I didn't go.

Jason's appointment was actually kind of fast. They were interested in working with him, and the doctor he had, had a great bedside manner. She was both efficient as well as effective. She did an exam of his eyes; made a couple quick tests; consulted with two other specialists and we were out of there in less than an hour, along with the meds Jason is now taking. Well, most of the meds, I had to go back later to pick up one more in the afternoon, and that was simply walk in and it was handed to me and I walked out, maybe 30 seconds. The cool thing about the appointment being short was that we were able to get back to the house before Linda had to leave for Stacy's school play. Stacy had asked both of us to attend, but understood that I had to stay with Daddy, so Grandma (Linda) had to go without Grandpa (me). Linda said it was a fun play, especially for all the kids watching, and at the end there were a bunch of jelly beans given out to the kids (Here comes the sugar highs).

 The rest of the day was primarily spent at the house, with the exception of a couple of errands that I had to take care of, for Jason and for Linda and I. We did get out to Costco and purchased a few things, and that was pretty much the typical Friday-Costco trip. Lots of people moving as fast as they could to get ready for the weekend, and even some getting ready for Easter. Bottom line is that we were in and out of Costco in about an hour, and then came back to the house.

Tomorrow I am going to once again, attempt to go for a bike ride, and if I can get out of the house early enough I can ride the roads much more safely, with far fewer vehicles on the road. I guess I'll have to wait and see how it goes, but then I'm getting used to that. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support you all have been sending. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 11, 2014

This morning, Linda and I woke up a little before 07:00 and as many couples do, we simply laid there and talked. Not for very long, but still long enough to just enjoy the time together, and figure out what we were going to do for breakfast (ended up Linda made French Toast). It was a nice relaxed time and very much needed by both of us, I think.

Linda made the breakfast, and both Jason and I enjoyed the benefit of her culinary efforts. We had to be ready to go to Jason's appointment, at 09:30 this morning, so there really wasn't a great deal of time to just wander around, and the ambulance did arrive a little early. The ride to the hospital was without incident, as we generally hope is the case; completed with the long walk to Wound Care. Wound Care is down a long haul way, and simply from the architectural vantage point, it looks to be WAY down the other end of the hall, once you get started.

The visit itself was pretty much as expected, with all the wounds looking better, with a little more healing to be done; and the surprise issue was Jason's eye. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for his eye, last week, and it is still a bit red and irritated. He will be going in to see an ophthalmologist, probably on Monday, as long as the eye doesn't become a problem. Because the main doctor (the one who did the surgery) won't be back until Wednesday, next week, it was decided that Jason won't need to come back in until then, and it is hoped that will be the last ambulance trip, at least for a long time.

This afternoon, after we got back to the house, we focused on getting a few things cleaned up and put away, and to make sure we had all those little things out of the way, so we could have our "date night." We ended up going to a late lunch and then to a movie. The lunch was much better than expected, and it was at a restaurant we had never been to, though we will go again, I think. The movie, however was the new one with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sabotage. It isn't a movie that I can recommend. The acting was okay, though the story line was a bit of a stretch. It was, however a nice time for the two of us to get away and have our alone time, just like the old times.

Not sure what is going to be happening over these next few days, so we're going to have to be working on getting some visitors to come over and spend some time with Jason. Linda and I want to continue working on the garage, to make better use of the available space, and maybe just get some things done. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 10, 2014

Busy day for us today, and also a very good day for getting things done.

Jackie's ear seems to be better, though she has only had a few of the antibiotic doses so far. She was in a much better frame of spirit this morning and that was a good thing. The girls got to their pre-schools on time and then we had a bunch of stuff to be done around the house.

Linda has been going through boxes of stuff (papers, pictures, etc.) to get them all organized and possibly even reduced, so that there isn't so much here at the house. I took care of some of the running around and picked up some new "bedding" for Jason's pet rat, Mr. Jingles, in the hope that the soars on his feet will go away (he's also on antibiotics). One of the good things is that Gracie is doing well, and we aren't having any issues with her. As for Linda's and my cats... we have a few people who have stepped up, down here, who will be happy to take them for the remainder of the year, and that is exactly what we need.

Tomorrow is Jason's appointment, and we'll be talking to them about his mobility, in the hopes that he can get up and move. Right now it looks like it will be happening around the 15th, so we don't have our expectations set too high, at this point. Anyway, the end of today means that we're just that much closer to the beginning of tomorrow, and we have learned to take it one day at a time. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.