Iwo Gima

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Marine Corps Marathon

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

It has been too long since my last update, and for the most part, that is a good thing. Good because it means there really hasn't been a great deal to post, and Jason has been doing very well. I just wanted to get something out, so that everyone will know that we're all doing well and enjoying life, and that the girls are all growing and getting bigger every day.

The most significant thing actually happened today, as we went in to Balboa and had an appointment with one of his doctors. The good news is that there hasn't been a great deal of change in anything, and Jason is doing well. The "less than good" news is that they want to do a CT Scan as a safety step with regard to the blood clot that they (the medical folks) all got nervous about, last month. The doctor said it should be done as soon as possible, so Jason jumped on the phone and set up an appointment, and it will be done on the 15th. That is the earliest date available, and actually it sounds like there really aren't too many slots open after that, until January. My initial reaction was that it was a reflection on the number of other patients needing the procedure, and then I found out that there is only one system working right now, and so that one system is working double time to keep up with the load of patients.

The girls are doing well in school, and they are getting excited about the coming holidays. I'm not sure which is more important to them, Halloween or Christmas. They seem to be equally excited about both of them. Linda continues to work hard at keeping up with the decorations, and we even did some work today at getting things put away, and also other things ready to be put out. I need to begin getting the decorations for the house, and I am hopeful that the house will look great in a matter of just a few days.

As I said, not much else going on... we're all staying busy and taking care of lots of chores, and school and keeping the fish looking great (Jason has a 75 gal. tank with several fish). The dogs are healthy and happy, or at least I think so - I don't speak "dog" so I have to guess. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Good news! Jason is back home, again. We got up and found out that Jason was doing well (called him on the phone), and that a few "new" doctors had come in to visit with him this morning. These new docs were from Vascular, and decided that he needed both an M.R.I. as well as an ultra-sound scan of the area. There was a possibility of a procedure or surgery so he was not being allowed to eat anything, and initially it looked like he was not coming home.

We checked in again, shortly after 09:00, and I spoke with his nurse. She informed me that he was down at Radiology, getting the M.R.I. done, and he should be back "soon." (I really don't like that expression. "Soon" is so nebulous). Linda and I decided to head to the hospital in the Mustang, since we weren't expecting Jason to be coming home. By the time we arrived (close to 11:00) Jason was back in his room and really wanting something to eat. They said he could have a couple of sips of water, but that's all. Shortly after noon the doctor came in and explained that it had been a difficult exam, because of all the scar tissue, and that they had determined that the blood clot was actually an older one, and much smaller than they originally thought. They still didn't know what caused the clot to form in the first place, but at least they were much more comfortable about what it was and how big it wasn't. There is still a need for blood thinners, but he (Jason) could be taken off the drip I.V. and simply take a pill for the next couple of weeks. They also said he could EAT! And that he would be able to come home today... just as soon as the paperwork was finished and the check out process could be completed.

This was all very good news... except we had driven the Mustang, and now we had to head back home and get the van, and Linda and I were also getting hungry. Originally we had planned on getting something to eat and just relaxing with Jason. Anyway, we both jumped in the car and drove home and both picked up something to eat as well as driving the van back to Balboa. Prior to leaving to get the van we also saw that Jason was able to have a lunch served to him, and that made it much better. Anyway, bottom line is that we got back to Balboa with the van and picked up Jason and the dogs, as well as everything else. We stopped at Mimi's Cafe for dinner and had a nice relaxed drive back home. When we got home the dogs were about as happy as I've ever seen them. They ran all over the place and burned off a bunch of pent up energy.

Jason is now resting in his room and Linda and I are going to get a good night sleep tonight. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

Jason is still in the hospital, only now both Gracie and Kojak are also there with him. We brought them to the hospital, so they could see Jason, and Jason could see them. The nursing staff thought they were both so cute they wanted us to leave them with Jason. We agreed to, after discussing them taking the time to get them outside every once in awhile, and so they remained after we left. I kind of half expect to get a phone call in the middle of the night asking me to come pick them up, so we'll see how it goes.

As far as the treatment goes, they are still running a blood thinner, heparin (I think) and still discussing what can and should be done. We hope to hear something in the morning, so in the mean time Linda and I are going to attempt to get a good night sleep. We stayed with him until about 21:30 (9:30PM), when he was obviously falling asleep, so we said good night and let him rest. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Today began this past Saturday...

On Saturday we took the girls to the High Caliber Equine Rescue Ranch, it is one of the largest in the country, specializing in horse rescue. It was  a great day and Jason had a pretty good time with the girls; learning about the horses and getting a chance to even feed some of them. The horses were all, or at least most of them, friendly and we all had a good day. After the visit we headed back to the house and it was now getting later in the evening and Jason wanted to fix dinner - something he does every now and again. I could tell he was tired and I suggested that he go lay down, a few times, but he wanted to fix dinner. Dinner was very good, as it was chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and spinach. Even Jackie liked the new dinner, and finally Jason got to bed. And yes, there was the regular dressing change and shower.

Sunday, Jason stayed in bed, almost 100% of the time. He complained about sourness, like it was muscles that had been worked hard the day before, and he and I both figured it was because of how much he had done the day before. Neither of us thought much more about it, except that I did notice how subdued he was, and Linda commented on it as well. We had a nice relaxed Sunday, with Linda and I taking the girls to church and me replanting some lemon trees I am attempting to grow - from seed. The day ended very much like Saturday with the girls going to bed and Jason having the dressing on his wound changed and a shower.

Yesterday, Monday, Jason felt a little better, though he didn't want to get up anymore than he needed. He took care of his pets, which included the fish, and he had a nice relaxing day in bed. In the evening he came in to the dinning room and I mentioned that due to his continued discomfort that he should consider going in to Balboa, tomorrow, to see his primary doctor. He said he wanted to do just that and asked if we could head out a little earlier than we usually do. We agreed that Linda and I would take the girls to school and as soon as we got home we'd head in to Balboa, and that ended our Monday. Jason had his shower, and dressing change, and he also told the girls a bed time story that they really all enjoyed. Lots of laughing and playing, the way a good daddy plays with his kids.

Today, I checked on Jason and he wasn't feeling any better, and in fact felt like maybe something else was going on. Linda and I got the girls ready and got them to school, then immediately headed back to the house. Jason and the dogs were in the van and we were on our way. Linda stayed back at the house with the idea that she would take care of a few things and do some cleaning. It did not seem like we were heading to a long day, but it did turn into one.

Jason and I arrived at Balboa, and the traffic to get on base was backed up significantly. I got in the line that we usually get into and we were fortunate enough, because it moved pretty steadily. When we got there one of the "prime" C5 parking spaces was available, so I took it and decided that it was a good omen. We went over to see his primary and she had a few patients ahead of Jason, and asked us to wait until she could see us. Jason had not made an appointment so she was getting us in, as soon as she could. Instead we went over to the PT gym and Jason laid down on one of the tables and Mike, one of the physical therapists started to work on Jason's shoulders. As it turned out, Mike was done long before we got to see Jason's primary doctor. In fact both of us kind of fell asleep for about 15 minutes just sitting there.

Dr. Granney came in and we all went to her office, where we talked and Jason described what was going on. After going over several things she decided that a CT Scan would be good so we went over to radiology, where they do those. This only took about 2 hours and went back over to Dr. Granney's office. Again we talked for a short while, while we waited for information from the scans, and the information wasn't real good. Jason has a blood clot on one of the veins coming from his lungs, and apparently it was critical enough that she walked us over to ER herself and made sure we were seen very quickly. They did a few more tests and more information from CT Scan came in and Jason was admitted to the hospital, for treatment. All total, we were at the hospital for nearly 12 hours and then he was admitted.

They believe they know what is going on and have a plan of action, but won't have a final plan until tomorrow. Linda and I will be taking the girls to school in the morning, and then we'll head over to the hospital. That's when we'll find out if Jason can be treated with just medication or if there is to be another surgery, in order to clear this out. We are praying that the medication will be enough and he won't have to be in the hospital for more than a day or two. As I find out more I will post it here and do my best to keep everyone up-to-date. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 1, 2016

Just a quick update and a thank you, to everyone who expressed concern about Jason and his recent visit and stay at the hospital. He is very happy that he is home and we even had some guests over this evening (It was something we had planned several weeks ago, and Jason was feeling good enough to have them over). The wounds are healing well, and Jason is back to his old positive self, so I probably won't be doing much updating here, unless there is some significant change. Take care and stay positive. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 28-29, 2016

I'm dating it 28-29 because we got home at almost midnight and I was just too tired to post. Actually the dogs were good to us and let us sleep through the night, and now we're feeling much better, ourselves. Jason is continuing to improve and there is to be another discussion with the doctors this morning, though Linda and I won't be there - - - actually I think the discussion has already taken place, or is in the process right now.

Jason has been on an intense regimen of antibiotics and his white cell count is just about back to where they want it. Sorry, I don't have the numbers, just that it is back down. I know he is getting anxious to get back home, so he can get on with his life, and maybe even get out and do a few new things. We got to meet with their Wound Care Nurse (Lt.Cmdr Pickman) and she and I discussed a bunch of different things. She has 25 years with the Navy, and a bunch of that as a Wound Care Specialist. She was able to show me a couple of new steps in treating his skin area, as well as simply the taking care of his wounds. Fortunately we have plenty of supplies here at the house because they don't have much at the Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton. She has only been at the hospital for a few weeks and is a bit frustrated with the lack of supplies and was very pleased with what we brought with us. Funny thing is, Linda went in to pack up some supplies, prior to going and grabbed a couple of things I would have thought were not needed. As it turned out they were and Lt. Cmdr Pickman was very happy to see them. Anyway, bottom line, Jason's wounds are improving, overall, and we are very hopeful with all that is going on. One of the best things that happened yesterday was that Jason was able to get a shower in. We, again fortunately, had a padded shower chair for him to use. The ones in the hospital are all fold down and hard, and Jason can't use them without experiencing pain. In the hospital's defense, they do admit they aren't really set up for patients like Jason, and Jason enjoyed the technology they have in each room - he could control everything from his bed.

Today we'll be heading over there in a little while and getting another update. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

Today started out as a normal crazy busy day, with getting the girls off to school and then Linda and I taking off to take care of some errands. Jason even got up and seemed like he was feeling pretty good, being his regular talkative self. We felt pretty comfortable heading off for a few hours. As it turned out, Jason's "feeling good" period didn't last too long, and he had to lay back down. This happened after we were off taking care of the errands. Just as we were on our way back home, it was close to lunch time so Linda called Jason to see if he wanted us to pick up something for him and all he said was that we needed to get back home as soon as possible, and he wanted to get to the hospital at Camp Pendleton.

We made it back home in a matter of about 15 minutes and in another few minutes Jason and I were back on our way to the hospital ER. They did their regular checks and began some labs when they were able to gather some other information from Balboa, where Jason recently went, for the follow up, of the last ER visit. Turned out that there lab work, from yesterday, indicated that Jason still has the infection and so they decided to treat him with more antibiotics and fluids. Only this time they also decided he needed to stay for a couple of days in the hospital, so now that is where he is. We were in the ER for nearly eight hours before he got to his room, and they have him isolated. I wasn't able to speak with the doctor, before leaving, to find out why the isolation, but I'll get that tomorrow.

I am guessing there will be more updates coming, and possibly a few new posts, so please stay tuned for the latest. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.