Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 30, 2014

Today was a good day, though a bit of a challenging one. We got the girls off to school just fine, and then came back to the house. I had the colonoscopy scheduled for this afternoon, so I continued to not eat - the toughest time was when I was making the girls lunches. I managed to deal with it, though, and focused on other things.

My appointment was at 13:00 (1pm) and Jason also had an appointment at 13:40 (1:40pm), so Linda took both of us to the VA. This is where it got to be a little challenging. Jason's appointment should have allowed for plenty of time to have whatever they were doing, taken care of, and still be able to get back to the girls when they got out of school. My situation was much more relaxed, since I was going to be in recovery for a little while, Linda could take Jason back to the house and then come get me.

Well, as it turned out, my appointment was delayed a little, as most of them are with the VA, and this was no big deal. Jason's, on the other hand, was also being delayed. This means he is just sitting in his chair, and THAT is a big deal. He sat there for almost two hours and they were still not ready to see him. The girls were getting out of school soon, so Jason simply decided to cancel his appointment and he and Linda drove back to the house, to drop Jason off and to pick up the girls from school. Once they were all settled at the house, Joselyn was there, and she was willing to help where ever it was needed. Linda came back to pick me up, as I was done now and ready to leave the recovery area. Tomorrow, I will be letting somebody know that they seriously screwed up.

The rest of the evening was fine; the girls were all happy and having a good time; I managed to get through the rest of the recovery, which took about two hours; and, Jason was resting nicely in his bed. I am hopeful that we can get everything in order, as it should be, for Jason, because the idea is to have the wounds heal, and their actions could be detrimental. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

We got up this morning and I decided that I'd like to go for another bike ride, since we didn't have the girls this morning, and Jason's appointment wasn't until this afternoon. I jumped on the bike and Linda jumped on to her elliptical trainer, and we were both exercising (I told you, we are serious about loosing some weight). I got in a nice 18+mile ride and then, after getting back to the house, cooled down and took a shower.

Linda was going to be focusing on some personal matters and taking care of the girls and I was to help get Jason to his VA appointment. His appointment today was with Dental Care. I have absolutely no experience with VA Dental, so I don't know what it is like. We arrived on time, and they called him in, only after waiting about 5 minutes. So far I am impressed. When finished, about 15 minutes later, Jason told me that he has to come back for a follow up cleaning and that today they only examined his teeth. I hope this is the level of care and performance we can expect all the time.

Tomorrow I get to go in for a colonoscopy, so the only meal I had today was breakfast, and that was a small yogurt and an apple (that's typically what I eat when I go for a ride). Because of the timing of the procedure I won't be eating again until tomorrow afternoon sometime, possibly early evening. Funny thing is, I am not that uncomfortable from lack of food. Perhaps the laxative they use allows the hunger aspect to be controlled or suppressed. Anyway, tomorrow is going to be another fun day for us.

The rest of the evening was preparing dinner, and yes that was a bit difficult, as I was hungry at that time, and then relaxing and finishing up with Stacy's homework. She is very good about keeping up with all her homework. Kindergarten doesn't have much homework, but still it is good to stay on top of it. Linda and I finished the evening by watching something on the television, and then we went to bed (me, right after the blog was finished). Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014

Linda and I got up this morning and the first thing we wanted to do was to get some exercise in. Funny, how your life adjusts when you start exercising regularly. Anyway, it was early enough that we could get some calories burned and get our bodies moving, and still have time to get ready for church. It felt kind of strange going to church this morning, and not having the girls with us, but they are not so we couldn't bring them along. Also, today was the last day for the Aloha Shirts and next week the pastor will be wearing his more traditional robe again... Summer is officially over now.

After service we came back to the house and jumped on a few other things that needed to be accomplished, and we worked pretty hard, all day, at getting them done. We didn't get everything done, but we did make a serious dent, so I'm pretty happy with the way things worked out.

Jason is doing well, and his wounds are still making some very good progress. He has been staying down more, and except for the time with the Blue Star Moms yesterday, over these past couple of days he has been taking it very easy - and that is a good thing. Tomorrow he has another appointment with the VA, at their dental section, and then possibly a visit to his "new" primary (all depends on how the schedules work out). I put new in quotes because we have been told that he would be seeing Dr. Peo as his primary, and the good doctor is the same primary Jason had when he was active duty. Dr. Peo left the Army (he was an Army doctor working at a Naval Hospital, helping Marines heal) and came straight to the VA. Jason was happy to hear about the primary assignment. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27, 2014

The year continues to move forward and time just keeps on moving along. We are already coming up on the end of September, and time just seems to fly by now. But I guess that is what we should expect to see as we move along with it.

I got a nice bike ride in today, about 17 miles, and then Linda and I continued to work on our projects, mostly finally getting our 2013 taxes filed. There were a couple of other smaller projects we got involved in, and that was a nice break; and, Linda used one of those "smaller" projects to fulfill an obligation with the Blue Star Moms.

The San Diego North County Blue Star Moms (Linda has gotten involved with them) held their annual fun raising dinner tonight and they wanted us to be there. Especially Jason, as they wanted him to read a message to the guests - about the POWs and MIAs that come from every war. Jason did an excellent job and showed that he really enjoys being in front of a group, no matter what size.

That was pretty much all the moving around that Jason did, and I was glad about that. He is making some solid progress with the healing, and I like it better when he is laying down. I am going to do my best to make it possible for him to stay in bed most of the time, over these next several weeks, and that is even considering our busy schedule.

Tomorrow is going to be another quiet day, and about the only thing he will really need to do is to take a shower. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014

Today was a much better day for us, and Jason has his truck. Actually, the Ability Center brought it, and his chair, by at about 08:50 this morning. It was pretty exciting and we did take some pictures, but for some reason I am having difficulties getting them down off the camera right now, so I'm going to have to wait to share them - I'll do my best to get them to you this weekend sometime.

Linda and I worked on some paper work, most of the day, and Jason relaxed and played his video games. There was also an appointment that Jason had to get to, with Wound Care, and that went very well. They were pleased with how the healing is coming along, and it was very visible just how much has healed up. So much so that the wound on the left is just about closed, and the one on the right is now only about half as big as it was just a couple weeks ago.

Jason and I did head over to Costco, to pick up a few things... really, there were only 17 things on our shopping list. He was still surprised at the total when we were done, but I guess that is just the way it is when shopping at Costco. The fun part was that we took Jason's new truck. We drove in some heavy traffic, and then got into the Costco parking lot, and Jason did an excellent job of maneuvering around. I think that in another couple of months, once Jason has become much more comfortable with the operations of the hand controls, he'll be driving it like any other vehicle. If nothing else, he has to get used to driving the truck simply because of its size. It is larger than most vehicles and sits high, so his view point is higher than most drivers.

We got back to the house and unloaded the truck and I went inside. I did take some time to sit down and relax a little, then started dinner. Linda is still sticking with her diet, and she is doing an outstanding job of it, so the dinner was basically just for Jason and I. I ended up going with burritos and that was good for Jason also. They're easy to work with, and they can be mighty tasty. That was pretty much it for the day, and except for taking some time to just be together and the day was over, and I headed up to take care of the blog. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

Today was a rough day for us - with a number of things that went wrong and errors made. I went for a bike ride and the ride took longer than I had originally planned. It was a matter of construction and obstacles that contributed to my delayed arrival at home, but bottom line is that I shouldn't have gone on the ride in the first place. Linda needed to get to the base so she could attend an event, and so she left on her own, and that caused problems for her to be able to get on to the base. Not being able to get on to the base made her late for the event, and by the time everything got straightened out she was no longer able to go. She came home just as Jason and I were getting ready to leave, to go pick up his new truck.

When Jason and I arrived, there were no handicap parking slots left, so we had to improvise, and it worked out okay. We met with Terry, at the Ability Center and they took us back to see Jason's new truck. He got into the truck and with Terry in the back seat the two of them took off for the official test drive (Gracie, the dog was also along - I waited at the dealership). They came back and it was determined that a minor adjustment needed to be made, and when they were done Jason was asked to get back in the truck, to make sure the adjustment was in the right place. As he was getting in position to get into the truck his power chair stopped working. There was no obvious reason for the chair to have stopped, and nobody seemed to know what to do to get it working again. We were at the Ability Center, so we thought it would be alright, then they asked Jason if he could get out of the chair. At this point Jason had been up for a few hours now, and the techs there wanted to take apart the seat, meaning Jason couldn't be in it. The solution, I would have to take Jason home and bring the chair back. With no power the chair is quite heavy, and I had to get it into the van, and then into the house; then back into the van again.

As I was making my way back to the Ability Center, the tech from the VA came by, to put the belts on to the chair, with more secure buckles. This took about an hour, and we even talked with him about what we needed to do to get the chair working again. He took a look at it and couldn't find anything wrong, though he didn't have any diagnostic tools with him. When he was done I was again off to the Ability Center. In a matter of about 15 minutes they determined that there wasn't a short or disconnected wire anywhere. Terry came out and asked that they be allowed to keep it over night and they would work on it until it was working again. As it turned out I did leave the chair with them and in a couple of hours they had determined that there was a problem with the controller, and once that was fixed they chair was operational again. It was now after 17:00 (5pm), so Terry let Jason know that he would be bringing the chair and the truck to the house in the morning.

There were a number of other things I was hoping to get accomplished today, and eventually I did get some of the tasks accomplished; just much later than I had first hoped. This evening has been much more relaxed and knowing that Jason's truck will be here in the morning made it a bit easier to deal with. Both Linda and I requested a "do-over" for today, but it didn't happen... ;-). Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive. Oh, yes, one more thing - I was hoping to post some photos today, well it looks like it is going to have to wait until tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

Today was an excellent day, though it began a bit shaky. Typically I am the household alarm clock, and I'm usually awake no later than 06:30. This morning I woke at 03:00 and realized it was a bit too early to be up, and managed to get back to sleep; then I woke again at 06:00 (almost exactly) and thought to myself - "this is still a little early, so I'll just lay here for a minute or two" - I fell back asleep and woke again at 07:03. The room was all lit up by the sun light coming in and I immediately knew it was later than I wanted and grabbed my phone to check the time (that's why I knew it was 07:03). Anyway, I jumped up and also woke Linda. I told her we were late and needed to get moving right away. We had to get the girls going because it is a school day. Turned out that it was okay, and the girls got to school on time, looking as cute as ever. Linda and I work pretty well as a team getting them going and off - just like the old days when we were trying to get our own boys out the door.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, compared to that first couple of hours of excitement. Jason had an appointment, and then the rest of the day off. Linda and I ended up working on some personal chores and then we both jumped into the garage and began going through some of our stuff. Actually we were looking for some things, and just kept getting more and more into the boxes. We ended up getting rid of a couple of boxes (big ones) and reorganizing parts. We found some things to donate and were able to consolidate other things.

 I wanted to let everyone know that everything else is pretty much back to where we were, yesterday, and we're not concerned about them coming to throw us out of the house. Jason still has to work it through the Marines, and that is going to be a pain in the posterior, so it isn't over, we're just in a better position now. Tomorrow is going to be a special day as Jason is going to be picking up his truck! At least that is the plan right now. If he does get to pick it up I will be sure to put in a couple of pictures for all to see. Thanks, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.