Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Happy Fall! Jason has gotten past the infection and is doing great. I wanted to let everyone know so that there wouldn't be any worries about him. He is still taking some antibiotics, and that is going to be going on for a few more days, then life back to normal. We have been busy around the house with some minor chores and looking to make a couple of additions. We had the cabinet guys come over and we all talked about a couple of shelves that would be useful, especially to Jason, and then Joselyn and Bobby came over to help hang a bunch of pictures. With all that done and out of the way, we can now focus on whatever else we need to accomplish. I will not be making many updates to this blog, going forward, unless there is a specific issue that needs to be shared. Thank you, all for all the support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016

A quick update/follow up on Jason and the infection. Yesterday he didn't ever really get to feeling very good, and in fact we had to cancel on a GSF event that we really wanted to attend. That's okay, though, as he felt much better today and by the end of the day was definitely improved. I am hopeful that he will continue to improve and quite possibly, by the end of the week, he will be back to his normal self. We will be headed to see the doctors at Balboa tomorrow, but that won't be until later in the morning. Linda and I will be taking the girls to school first.

BTW - both Stacy and Jackie are doing well and continuing to grow way too fast. We love having them here with us, and just wish it was 100% of the time. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

It has been a while since my last post, and for the most part that is because not much has been going on, and Jason has been doing generally better. That all changed on Thursday when Jason started to feel poorly. He wasn't sure what was going on, as it felt uncomfortable (his words) and almost like he was catching the flu or something. He did have a slight fever with it bouncing around 99 and 100, then in the evening it shot up to 103.6. I took him in to the ER at Camp Pendleton and Linda stayed home with the dogs (I think I had the easier job, the dogs get very anxious whenever Jason and I are both gone). They got him in pretty fast, and fortunately there wasn't much going on at the ER, so that made it a little easier (plus it was almost 11PM). They did some blood and urine tests and quickly got some fluids going. A short time later, after the labs came back they got antibiotics going, and a few hours later we were back on our way home. It was now almost 06:30 in the morning. At this point, I could see that Jason was feeling better, and that allowed me to feel a little better. Fortunately the traffic was counter commute, so the trip home was relatively quick.

The dogs were very excited to see us, as was Linda. She was not able to get much sleep since Kojak was howling most of the time, and when not howling he was scratching on doors and window blinds. Finally got things settled down and everybody to bed for at least a little sleep, and then I went to bed. We had to pick up the girls from school today, and it was a half schedule today (of course). The girls didn't even know anything happened, and just thought Grandma and Grandpa were a little tired.

Got up this morning, after a good nights rest and Jason is still not 100%, though doing better. We are supposed to be going to a GSF event, later today, but that remains to be seen. At best, I think we might go, show our lovely faces and then come back home. We haven't seen Gary in a few months, so it would be good to see  him and catch up a little. If anything else happens I'll be sure to make another post. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016

We recently (yesterday) got back from a short vacation that took us to Ohio and W. Virginia. Linda went out ahead of me, by about five days, so that she could participate in the Blue Star Mothers convention. I came out the following weekend and we then drove to West Virginia and visited with my brother, and his wife. We had not see Bruce and Sharon (my brother and his wife) for nearly seven years, so it was well past due. We stayed with them for a few days and then headed up to Burton, OH to visit with the folks at Sheoga Floors. They are the company that manufactured the hardwood flooring that is in Jason's home. They donated it to the build of the house, and it looks wonderful. It was wonderful seeing family, and then getting to see caring and wonderful people. The people at Sheoga put us up in a B&B for a few days, then we headed off to Cleveland, which was a couple hours away. We caught our flight out of Cleveland, to head back to San Diego, and when we got here a friend picked us up and it was great to be back home.

While we were gone we had Jason's god-mother come stay with him, and we engaged the help of two corpsmen, to take care of his wound dressing changes. Everything went very smooth, and Jason was in great shape. We did have a few conversations with Jason, while we were on the road, so we weren't totally in the blind for the entire trip. It was also very comforting to recognize that both the corpsmen were competent and did an excellent job. Yolanda, Jason's god-mother, was able to stay for the entire time, and that lifted a major concern off our shoulders. We're actually hoping to be able to do the same thing again next year, but that remains to be seen. I'll see if I can get some pictures posted, from the trip, so that you all can see. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayer. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016

All, first, a big THANK YOU, for all the dedicated visitors/readers of this blog. I apologize for the length of time since my last entry, and am making it now. We have been quite busy with many different things, some that have kept us up later in the evening, and even today it is now after 22:30 (10:30 PM). The main point of this blog is to provide status and updates on Jason, and his progress, well, he is still doing well, though there hasn't been a great deal of progress with the healing. In fact he has developed a pressure soar that isn't going away. We'll be working with the folks at the VA to see what can be done, as well as the doctors at Balboa.

The reason for working with both teams is simply because we feel that the prosthetic he now has is no longer providing the kind of support he needs, and they need to make adjustments. The doctors and medical staff at Balboa seem to have a better handle on the treatment side. Together we need them to merge talents and help get Jason to the next level. If we can just get these wounds to close and stay closed, then Jason can finally get to doing some of the other things he would like to do, like get back in the water.

Right now, George, Jason's oldest brother is with us, and has been with us for a few days. It has been good to have him here, and for Jason to be able to spend a little time with him. George doesn't get a chance to come down that often, as travel can be a challenge for him sometimes (George has cerebral palsy and other challenges), and it is truly a team effort for him to get from point A to point B. Thank you, to Rick for getting him to the air port and picking him up when George returns. We took George whale watching yesterday, and had a great time. Didn't see any whales but still had a great time.

Not much more to update about, right now, other than that Jason is "Fostering" a puppy, and is considering the dog as a replacement for Gracie. Gracie is now middle-aged and will need to have a replacement in the not to distant future. We will see how this new dog works out, and go from there. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.