Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017

Well, we got some good news today, and that is that Jason will be heading back to Colorado for a new prosthetic device, next month. At least that is the plan for right now. I spoke with Jason's coordinator and she said she is doing her best to get all the right players coordinated, so we can have another one of those group meetings, getting the final details. When we did this last time (about 18 months ago) the meeting itself went pretty smoothly, and most of the required people were able to make it. Because it is still a hospital type environment sometimes things happen that don't allow everyone to be at the meeting, no matter how much they want to.

Jason is doing well, and he has just about all the needed things in place for his chickens to survive. The last thing is an invisible fence to help keep the dogs back. Even when the dogs are simply being curious about the chickens it causes them to be frightened. The invisible fence is going to keep the dogs back at a safe distance... or at least that's the theory.

Otherwise all else is going well, the girls are with their mother for a vacation so we won't see them for two weeks (well a good portion of that time is gone, so it is more like just over a week now). We are in the process of putting together our own plans for a two week vacation with the girls, but it looks like that isn't going to be happening until August. There is a small lake, not too far from here and we're going to take them there with a motor home (a rental).

Finally, this weekend we're having that much needed garage sale, to clear out a bunch of the stuff we have collected over the past few decades. Linda has been sorting and marking and organizing, for the past few days, and I've been doing my best to be helpful (I do a bunch of the heavy lifting). The good news is that we'll be getting a bunch of space back in the garage, and that will make all of us very happy.

I know I was supposed to be putting new pictures up, and I really do want to get that done, its just that I will need some time to focus on that, and to select some of the pics that we have on the computer. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

Well, so much for schedules... I really had planned on posting something yesterday, but we ended up travelling all day and then socializing a bit more than I had planned. It was all good, but no post was put up yesterday. Anyway, I'm posting now.

Jason is still in Fallbrook, at home, while Linda and I are traveling in Kentucky. We're here because we've been invited to participate in a wedding, and it is one of our nephews (Linda's side, her brother's son, Ben). As you might expect the humidity is quite high, and the temperatures are up a little over 90, so it is muggy, and so we stay in side most of the time. It is good to see the family and be able to spend some time together, so we'll survive the weather.

Jason is doing well, and we have wonderful help for him. Joselynn is spending a few days with him, and then Isaac and Kami will be staying there at the house to help take care of some of the needs as well as take care of the animals. Then we should be home shortly afterwards, so that he won't be alone for too long of a period. Also, we have met another Marine, who is named Jason and is a part of the 2nd EOD Company, and he is coming over to visit with Jaosn, from time to time. The really cool part is that he (the "new" Jason) and his wife are members of our church, so we get to see them frequently. As they say, God has a plan for us, we just have to pay attention to his messages.

The biggest thing we, Jason and I, did was to finish the Chicken coop and caged area for the chickens to roam around in. It has a good solid structure, as well as a roof, so they should be relatively safe. Besides, the area is in the larger dog area, so not too many criters come back there... something about the dogs I guess... ;-)

Not much going on, otherwise, so we'll be back home for the next post, and I will get it done on Thursday, WITH some pictures. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

Well, there have been a few things that have been keeping us pretty busy, over these past few days, and  unfortunately I don't have time right now to go over all of them, but I'll touch on a couple of them so that you have some idea of what is going on.

Jason has gotten the girls signed up for Taekwondo classes, and they are really doing well. Both of them past their first "test" and were pretty excited about moving up to the next level. Both of them are still very much in the basic level of training and education, but it seems to be good fun for them, and we believe that it is helping to build their confidence.

Jason's wounds are not doing as well as we would like, and most of that is due to the fact that he no longer has a prosthetic that he can use. The scar tissue is breaking down more and it seems we're moving backward more than forward. A new prosthetic is coming in about a month, but that is going to require a trip to Colorado, and a new device will be created at that time. Once he has the new device his wounds should begin to heal better and we can get back on track. On my next post I will do my best to get some new photos posted and do a little refreshing of the way the blog looks.

Speaking of the way the blog looks. I am thinking that the best way for me to continue with the blog, and to make it a little more interesting for all you readers out there, is to have a more regular update. With this in mind I am thinking that I will begin doing updates each Thursday, with more if there is a reason, and this way you will know when to grab the latest information. So with that, this Thursday (yep, just a couple days from now) I will be posting and hope to have some new pics in place.

Otherwise, everybody is doing well and we're keeping up with everything. We're finally having a garage sale to get rid of a bunch of our things, that there just isn't any real room for. We want to get the garage back to where Jason can keep his vehicles in where they are supposed to be, and we won't have too much clutter all over. Anyway, thanks, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

Another quick update - - - Jason turns 34 tomorrow, and we're planning on a very low key celebration. Mostly because we already had a gathering of some friends yesterday, Monday. It was kind of relaxed and very nice to see the people here, and Jason getting out and doing some socializing. The down side is that Linda is in Hawaii right now, helping a friend. It was one of those difficult choices she had to make, but the friend did need her there, and I assured her I would be able to take care of things at the home front... and so far I've been able to.

The girls got up this morning, and we went through our regular routine of getting ready and having breakfast. Not having Linda here made it a little different, but they seemed to deal with it pretty well. I got them to school on time, and they were in good spirits when I picked them up. I even managed to get a couple of errands out of the way, and a load of clothes washed. If I can manage that for another two days, then we'll be home free and Linda will be back home. Actually, I'm glad that Linda had this time with her friend, and it was in Hawaii, as it like a mini vacation for her, and it lets her wind down a little.

Jason has a regular Wound Care appointment tomorrow, so after I get the girls to school, we'll be heading off to the hospital at Balboa, and by the time we're done there, and back home, it will be time to pick the girls back up. We have a garage sale coming up in a matter of 10 days or so, and I have not been able to work on any of that prep work, yet.

Jason is still working on his hobbies and has started making Mead. It seems he is a natural at it, as the first few batches he's made are excellent. Everyone who tries it compliments it and says how smooth it is. I think that he hopes to eventually get to the point where he can consider turning it in to a business, instead of a hobby. As a hobby, he can make a little but as a business he would need to make a bunch. It keeps him happy, so I'm happy with it. That's about all for now, so thank you for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

I was thinking that it was about time to get a post out and provide an update on things going on, when I finally logged back on to my own blog. I didn't realize it has been over 3-weeks since my last post, so please accept my apology for taking so long. Part of it is simply that when there was time I was tired, and then there wasn't really a great deal to update about. Then, when there was some news I just didn't seem to get the needed time to get to the blog. Enough excuses... on to the post.

First, Jason is doing well. He is much happier not having the SP tube, going directly into his bladder now, and being to go pee, just like everybody else. The very strong up side to getting rid of the catheter and SP Tube is that it was the main source of infection, and now it is gone. This in itself, is going to make life so much better. The down side is that it is going to take a little bit of time to get his bladder back "into shape" so that he doesn't feel like he has to go find a restroom every hour - makes watching a movie a bit of a challenge. The rest of the changes he is dealing with now are very minor in comparison.

We haven't been able to get out to go do much, for the past several months. That's because his wearable prosthetic is no longer "wearable." We are working with the VA and Aspen/Ride Design on getting him a new one, and it looks like that will be happening sometime in July. Originally it was supposed to be in June, but Jason received a call today, from the folks at Ride Design, that they would be able to get the new wearable sometime in July. He told me they were going to be calling me later today, but I guess it will have to wait until next week now - unless they call me on the weekend, a holiday weekend. Regardless, it will be good for him to get the new prosthetic, so he can get back to a more active life, like he had before.

The girls are growing and Linda and I are doing well. We continue to keep up with all the things going on around here, and we're even trying to put together a garage sale. We still have a bunch of things from our old house, in Livermore, and we need to get rid of it, so we can get the garage back. It will be strange, indeed, to have both the truck and the van in the garage. I think it will make the house look a little better as well. Anyway, that's about all the big news for now. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017

Another exciting update for the blog... Jason is doing well and going in to Urology on Tuesday, for his follow up from the surgery. He has been doing very well and on top of that the other wounds are closing up nicely. He had four small wounds prior to the surgery and now he is back down to two, with one of those looking like it will close pretty soon as well.

Jason spends most of his days resting in bed, as he should, though he has been out to fix dinner and enjoys telling the girls their bedtime stories. Actually, this is one of those areas where he really excels. I still think he should take up writing, as he has quite a good imagination and does a great job of telling his stories to the girls. He bases his stories on either a fantasy story he is familiar with or something that happened to  him, somewhere along the line of his own life. Bottom line is that the girls really love listening to him.

Today was an interesting day, especially for Southern California. It started to rain yesterday, and has not stopped. The weather outside is cold, and the Men's Retreat, from our church had snow this morning... 4+ inches. I had hoped to get some time out on the bike, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Perhaps I'll be able to over the next couple of days, or maybe into next week sometime. The challenge there is that we're coming into a very busy time for the entire family, and I may not get any "extra" time to just go for a ride, until sometime into July.

Next month we're supposed to be headed to Colorado, to get Jason a new wearable. We're waiting to hear what the final plans are so we can get some schedules coordinated. My guess is that we'll be out there for a week and then get back here. Once that happens, I am hopeful that Jason will be able to get back to the gym. The few times we went I could see a subtle improvement in his attitude and I can only attribute that to the fact that he enjoyed going there, very much.

The girls have been with us for almost two-weeks now, due to a schedule need from their mother. As far as we're concerned they could stay with us all the time, but that isn't going to happen anytime soon. Jason is quite a good dad for them, and they definitely show that they like it, and they love their daddy. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

I know some (all?) of you are wondering what happened with Jason's surgery, yesterday. Well, it was a little more complicated than initially expected, by the good doctor, but all was taken care of. It was all good news and after five hours of surgery, Jason was resting comfortably in his hospital room. He is in good spirits and we are expecting him to be back out of the hospital in a week (7-days) and then it is a matter of completing the healing.

All of his wounds are doing well and it looks like they want Jason back in Colorado to get a new prosthetic device, which will be yet another positive step for his mobility. All-in-all it has been a very positive past couple of days... except for the dogs. They are besides themselves wondering what happened to their master. They keep looking for him and don't understand why he isn't home.

We, Linda and I, are looking to arrange it so that we can stay closer to the hospital, for the next couple of days, and thus have the dogs closer as well. We want to do this through the weekend and maybe for the entire week. A great deal has to do with the girls and their schedules with school. I guess we could get up at 05:00 to get them to school... ;-) Okay, maybe not. Anyway, right now we are all feeling pretty good about the future. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.