Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014

Another day in beautiful San Diego, and now Linda is up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Heck, with her up there maybe the Giants can start winning again. I have no idea what has gotten into those guys. I really thought they were going to be doing great this year, and now they can't seem to win a game - but that's another story and I have other, more important things to cover in this blog.

Like I said Linda left this morning and flew up to San Francisco, to spend almost two weeks up there. When she arrived, only half her luggage came with her. Southwest managed to split the two pieces and the second one came up on the following flight. I have really become disappointed in airline travel, anymore. They used to show some customer service, and now you're lucky to end up in a shorter line that seems to be moving. Anyway, Linda made the trip safely and won't have to deal with them again until her next flight. Linda will be driving back down with our friend Karen Ryan, and that should be a wonderful adventure in itself.

We took the girls to the library (that's Jason and I), and Stacy turned in some of the books she had checked out earlier, then she checked out a bunch more. She and Jackie both love for us to read to them, and they have some favorite stories that cover several authors. I'll probably have to get her back over to the library, in a few more days, just to be sure none of the books are late. I don't know how Linda was able to keep track of all of them, and where there were, but I'll do my best to keep things going.

Jason took some time to rest and relax the rest of the morning and early into the afternoon, then decided to head over to the gym again. He is making some interesting discoveries about riding in a wheelchair... Like how rude some people can be, and how difficult it can be to get around. He told me that he had accidentally dropped something, and could not easily pick it back up. There were a number of folks who saw him, and simply went on past, while he struggled to pick up a towel. He said he spent probably 10 minutes working to get himself into a braced position, to be able to lean forward enough to pick it up. Because he has no legs at all, it is more difficult for him to get the right balance, and if he falls out of the chair, he won't be able to get back in (this is one of the things that makes me nervous when he goes off by himself). Anyway, he did find a way to brace himself and still able to reach down low enough to pick it back up. When he came in he was still sweating from the work out and then told me about his adventure.

Dinner tonight was pretty simple as I cooked some chicken with rice and vegetables, and the girls seemed to be very happy with my selection. I cooked drumsticks/chicken legs and Stacy ate a pretty good sized one, along with the rice and veggies. Jackie, on the other hand, had three plus the rice and veggies. That is the one thing we don't seem to have to worry about, Jackie will always eat her food. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

Not much to report today, other than everybody is doing well and that Jason did go in to Balboa for an appointment with PT. When we got there we discovered that the appointment hadn't been made, and so Mike, one of the therapists there, stepped up to fill in the time for Jason. Actually, Mike is pretty good and knows Jason pretty well, so it wasn't too difficult for him, and Jason was comfortable working with him. A short while after getting there the woman who basically runs the shop came up to Jason and apologized that it happened and immediately set up appointments through to the end of August, and now Jason has a print out of all the dates.

Linda will be heading back up to Livermore, well, to the San Francisco Bay Area, and will be up there for about 11 days. She is going up to do some things with the Blue Star Moms in San Francisco, and then head over to Livermore to spend a few days with some friends and take care of more personal business. She will be then driving back down with our close friend, Karen Ryan. We are going to miss Linda, around here, but I think the time away will be good for her. She really misses all her friends, and this gives her a little better opportunity to have closure. The way we left last time was very rushed and this time she won't be so rushed. She will be busy the entire time, just not too rushed... I hope. I will be taking care of Jason and the girls and I think it should be both challenging and fun. The girls are a little bigger now and Jason is doing better, so I don't think I'll get stressed out, just tired. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.




Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 27, 2014

A wonderful start to a good day. We took the girls to church this morning, but not until I had gone to the gym and did a couple of miles on the treadmill (I wanted to get my cardio in, since I wasn't able to go for a bike ride). They also had breakfast and a bath, and fortunate for me, Linda helped with that, so that I would get a chance to cool down a bit. We were planning on heading up to see Linda's parents, and the girls were very excited to be able to go see Nana and Tata.

Jason did not go with us, as we were also going up to see just how we could arrange for him to get into their home, as it is not ADA friendly. I brought up a ramp with me, and found that it wouldn't work on their steps, so I talked with Linda's dad, Joe, and we think we can easily build a ramp next time we're up, we just have to do it while we're there. What we figure is that there is a community club house that everyone, including Jason, can go to while the ramp is built, and then Jason will be able to get into the house. Once in the house he would be able to get out of the chair, and relax a little. The building of the ramp shouldn't take too long, so it might be the best solution for right now.

We had a great dinner while there, and Jason had time alone, to get a little more independence for himself. Before we left Linda made sure he had a meal ready to go, and prior to leaving we all had lunch. This worked good for him, and for the girls. On the way home we called and found that he was doing just fine, so we had a nice ride back down, much faster than on the way up (traffic was terrible), and the girls were singing songs and having a great time. They did get to bed kind of late, almost 20:00, but that doesn't happen very often, and they did have an earlier nap, so it should all balance.

Tomorrow is the beginning of another week here, and Jason has an appointment. Linda is planning on taking Stacy out, while Jackie will be heading to her pre-school. We'll be busy, just not crazy busy and I am anticipating another nice day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 26, 2014 - A little catchup

I hope all are doing well, and that you didn't mind not having a posting yesterday. At the end of the day I was kind of tired and just went to bed, rather than do my normal blog entry. On top of that I realized I left out an important item from Thursday post, so I'll simply start today's blog post with that one entry from Thursday.

On Thursday, we all went to the Library. Well, actually, Linda had taken Stacy to the Library while Jason and I were over at the hospital. I called her when we were done and she asked if we would be able to come over to the library, and Jason was up for that. We got to the library and Stacy was very excited to see us, especially Daddy. She took him around and showed him some of the things she was involved with (they have a reading program for the summer and she is attempting to get 100 books, in this case, since she doesn't read much yet, she gets us to read the books to her). She has won several of the prizes already, and today picked up another one. It was especially nice for her, because she was able to do it in front of Daddy. I think it made Jason's day too...

Yesterday was a bit of an exciting day because of a couple of things. I was able to get Jason's manual chair all set up for him (wasn't much to do, really, just needed to get it in the house from the garage, and the garage is kind'a packed right now), so that he could head over to Marine Corps Recruit Depot and try out their gym. He went and had a great work out, at the gym, as well as a good cardio workout getting to and from the gym. He went on his own and when he came back he had that look of accomplishment. He plans on going 3 times a week, though that depends on all the other things that he has going on, so we'll see if that fits in his schedule. The other exciting thing that happened was that I took my bike to get the tire fixed (I had purchased a package deal that included tire fixes, as well as another couple of tune ups) and brought Stacy with us. She found a Schwinn bicycle there that really looked good, and was just her sized. I helped her ride it around the store, since they weren't very busy just then, and she did pretty good. I think she will be ready to get on "her own" bike soon, and then who knows, maybe we can go riding together.

Today was a good day, as it began at a more relaxed pace, and then at about 09:00 we headed up to the dog training, up in Oceanside. While Jason was at the training Linda and I took the girls to the play area, where they immediately went for the swings. Jackie was more adventurous and willing to get on a regular swing before Stacy, and they both still need to learn the correct way to swing, without having to be pushed. We stayed for about an hour and then headed on back to the house. We thought the girls could possibly fall asleep, since it was close to the normal nap time, and they had been playing pretty hard for about an hour... We were wrong. They not only didn't fall asleep, when we did finally get home they didn't want to nap then either. Linda fixed them lunch and we had them lay down, but each time we closed the door, it was like a green light to more play. We finally let them get back up and not until this evening did they go back down.

Linda got some free time to go shopping (she loves to browse through thrift stores and look for the nuggets that can be found sometimes). She came home and then we fixed dinner. After dinner we say down to watch a movie - - Flight of the Navigator - -  We had not seen it in quite a while, and the girls had never seen it. We talked about when Jason first saw it (I think he was about 6, or close to Stacy's age right now) and how he and his brothers all loved to watch it. I was just excited to find it in Jason's collection. After the movie the girls went to bed, and I think we might go to bed a little earlier also. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014

Today started out with a message that let us know that Stacy was not coming over to the house, as she was going to be taken to the doctor - she wasn't feeling well. We didn't hear anything else, so we can only assume that she is okay, and we'll find out tomorrow morning what happened. She and Jackie will be coming back to the house tomorrow, as it is Jason's time with the girls, beginning tomorrow. We were just going to be taking care of Stacy today, to help out, while her mom was at work.

As it was, I was able to go for a longer bike ride and at about the 20 mile mark I got a flat tire. It was the front tire, and there was still a couple of miles to go, to get back to the house - actually it was almost 3 miles. I had done a few good hills today and was feeling kind of tired, so I decided to give Linda a call and have her come pick me up. I think it was faster doing it this way, anyway.

Once I got home I cooled down a little bit and then took a shower. Jason had come out and said that he wanted to take care of a couple of errands today, and Linda and I also had a couple of errands, so we decided to tie them all together and we got them all accomplished in a much more efficient manner. Actually the biggest effort was to go to Target to pick up a few things, then we headed over to the pet store, Target doesn't carry the brand of cat food that we use. While we were at the pet store Jason went over to the sports supply store to pick up some weight training gloves, and then we all got back together.

Jason has decided that he wants to try out the gym over at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). He said he wants to go over there tomorrow, and will be going on his own, so that means I won't be driving him. I think it is actually going to be a little strange not going with him, but I'm also anxious to see this happen. I like seeing him get a little more independent, especially while doing something that he is really wanting to do.

Later this evening we, Linda and I, went over to see the cats, at their foster home. They are being taken care of while we await the build of Jason's home. Once the house is built we will be able to finally bring them back home with us, and they can rest and be happy in their new home. They are staying with Glenn and Ann, and their son Nick, and today only Glenn was there. Ann and Nick are off at Comic-Con, and being a part of the crazy scene that is happening in San Diego. Perhaps, one of these years we will go, just to see what it is, but right now it isn't a high priority, we just have to deal with all the extra traffic. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay  positive.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Jason didn't have anything going on at the hospital until later this morning so I took off for a quick bike ride. I am starting to feel like I'm finding my stride again, and did a quick 12 miles. I call it quick because it took me well under an hour to do - of course the hills were limited, so that allowed me to move along pretty good, and there were only about six traffic stops along the way. I might have to put a little more focus on these short trips and put in longer ones as I can.

The appointments at the hospital were good, with a particular focus on the Wound Care meeting. They are happy with how Jason is doing and with the planned laser treatment. We all are hopeful that things will continue in a positive direction, and that is pretty much what we expect most of the time. The real point of excitement today wasn't about his care though, it was about his hair cut. He received a bunch of complements about how good he looked. He got a hair cut yesterday, and left the beard. I just wonder how long he will be keeping the beard, and will he keep it up as I do, or let it grow longer, we'll just have to wait and see. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

Jason and I took off relatively early this morning, first to drop Jackie off at the day care, and then for Jason to go on to his dental appointment. Jason has a cavity, well, I guess it is "had" a cavity now. Actually a small one, but still it was something they wanted to fix, so it was done. When he was done he was scheduled for another follow up appointment, for six months from now. If we have fortune on our side it will be prior to our move to Jason's new home, as I think that will happen close to that same time, otherwise we'll be driving back down for another appointment.

Not much else going on, other than catching up on some of my email and getting some relax time in, and did my best to make Linda a little more comfortable. She picked up some sort of bug and wasn't feeling to good this afternoon. She didn't finish her dinner so I basically told her to go lay down and relax, while I took care of the rest of the evening (cleaning up after dinner and getting the girls their bath). Linda went up stairs and began to watch a movie, and by the time I was done with the girls' bath, and got them to bed, she was asleep. Actually, getting them to bed was pretty easy, as Jason read to them just prior to bed time. Tomorrow is going to be an easy day, with only a couple of appointments, and then the rest of the day at home. I'm going to see if I can possibly get a bike ride in. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.