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Again, I have no reasonable excuse other than to say I got side tracked. On the last post I mentioned that Jason had gotten injured, while playing in the hockey tournament. Well, as it turned out it was a more serious injury than either of us had suspected. The outcome was that he lost some soft tissue and a section of his pelvic bone was exposed (about the size of a quarter) and he is now required to have a wound-vac so that it can heal properly. This means that he has to spend most of his time in bed and can only be up in his chair for no more than 20 minutes at a time, and that followed by hours of rest time. The rest time is for the injury, and not necessarily for Jason, as he isn't tired. As you can imagine, he gets very board with this "life style" and wants to get up and go do something.

We've been going in to wound-care frequently, once or twice each week, and they keep telling us, "...we'll take a look at it next week, to see what happens next."…

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2019

Today is eight years since Jason came out of the induced coma and he has been on a overall positive trail ever since. There have been a few set backs and the expected twists and turns, but overall he is doing pretty well. The last post talk about the Colorado Hockey Tournament, and it was a fun and challenging event. The down side was that two of the players on the Ducks, Jason's team, were injured and one of those two was Jason.

The first one was the more serious injury, as Sarah, the team captain, was hit in the throat by a puck, at close rang and it took her out of the tournament. Her larynx was hit and it totally knock her out, for a few seconds. Fortunately her husband, Matt, was there and he was able to help her to a moderate level of recovery and then took her to the hospital. She seems to have made a full recovery now and will be skating again as soon as she can get to the ice. The second injury, Jason's, was when he fell over, while making a fast turn, and slid right …

Visiting Colorado - Friday, March 8 2019

Hello! It has been brought to my attention that I am not doing a very good job of updating the blog and to help rectify that I am putting this update in there...

We are currently in Colorado, and are here to play Sled Hockey! This is Jason's outside activity and he loves it. We drove here from Fallbrook, about 1500 miles, and it was an interesting journey. We were able to stop and visit with my brother Lance and his daughter Jennifer, so that made the trip a bunch easier to handle. Linda didn't come with us this time due to the fact that Gracie does not travel any more and she volunteered to stay home with her. From the reports we're getting, Gracie is doing well and following Linda around, everywhere. The games begin today, and I'll be taking some pictures, but won't be posting until we get back home, where I can down load them on to my home computer. I should be able to provide a bunch more information there, as well.

We got in yesterday evening, about 15 minutes…

April 29, 2018

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I know I haven't been keeping up with the blog and posting as often as I said I would, but I guess that's what happens when the days really do start to seem more normal, and don't feel like there is much to update about. Then when there is something exciting going on, by the time I can get to the blog I'm pretty well worn out for the day and then I'm slow to get to it afterward. Well, I will continue to provide updates, as I can and we'll just have to see where it takes us.

Jason's sled hockey season is over and he had a great time with it. He was not able to go to the final tournament, in Chicago, due to travel challenges. First challenge was simply getting there - there really isn't any way to get there, that doesn't simply totally wear him out, and then he needs the next day to recover. We think we may have figured out a way around this, though it actually means more travel time, rather than recovery time. We have found a van that can provide a r…

April 1, 2018 Happy Easter

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Hello to one and all, and a Happy Easter to everyone. He is risen...

It has been a little while since my last entry, and a few things have happened. Jason has become much more proficient with his sled hockey and he really enjoys getting out on the ice. It is a feeling of being more equal, when everyone is on the sled, and he is slowly learning how to get around with more skill and effectiveness. Below you will see some pictures of when he was playing in a tournament, and in one of the tournament games he really got into some of the play - more so than he had prior. A basic description of that particular time was that the Ducks were playing a team that had a particularly rough player. This player was quite skilled, and knows how to cause trouble for the others (he is also the most penalized player on the other team, I'll just call him B).  There was a loose puck and B was going for it, with two of his teammates right behind him. One of the Ducks was also right there and the three w…

March 8, 2018

Apologies to one and all. I know a bunch of you were wanting to see an update, especially yesterday, but I just didn't get to it. YES, we did celebrate, in a very low key way, Jason's seventh year since the blast. It was his 7th Alive Day, and we were quite busy. The girls were with us and due to their busy schedule, we decided not to go out and do anything and just stay home and be the simple family that we are (okay, maybe not so simple).

Over these past few weeks, Jason had a Sled Hockey Tournament, in Arizona - Scottsdale - and the Ducks took third place. It would have been nice to do a little better and it was recognized that what we need to work on is a better defense. The offence is actually pretty good, and thus that is why we did as well as we did. One other thing was that we found out our goalie, Joe, was quite ill and really should not have been playing, especially that last game. He ended up in the hospital with a real nasty infection. They kept him for a couple of…

February 2, 2018

So, Happy Ground Hog Day!

Today has been a very nice and enjoyable day. The girls came back from their mother's place and will be staying with us for the next 5 days; we were able to get some pictures hung in the house (Linda is redecorating one of the rooms in the motif of Western; we got to sleep in a little, okay, we were still up a little after 07:00 this morning, but that's still better than 06:30; AND, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

Next weekend Jason has a sled hockey tournament and it is actually pretty close, considering the previous one was in Minneapolis... We're all looking forward to the tournament and we've invited a bunch of folks from around here to come and see him play (yeah, I'll do my best to remember to post some pictures). Jason really enjoys the action and I believe the social interactivity he gets into with the other players, both on his team and those of the other teams. Most of the players are there and just want to have fun, some of th…

January 2017

January 2017
Jason gets a visit from Gen. Jon Monett

January 2017

January 2017
With Gary at the GSF Office