Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

A relatively busy day for me, as Jason had to get into Balboa this morning for a procedure (laser), and before I could get that done, Linda and I had to get the girls to school. Actually, when I woke up this morning I fell victim to the morning being later for a sunrise. I woke up and thought it was earlier than it was. I intended to get up and head over to the gym to get a little bit of a workout in, since I had not been doing much lately. I got out of bed and headed over to the bathroom, and looked at the clock. It was already 06:35, and that meant we needed to get going anyway. So much for the morning work out.

We got the girls up and going, and after breakfast, off to school. Linda and I walked back to the house, and that was about the only real "alone" time that the two of us had. It was kind of nice just walking back together, though both of us were going about 90 mph in our heads. I needed to get Jason to Balboa by 08:30, and as it turned out we made it, in time... sort of. We got to the gate and that means we're subject to the same delays everybody else is. If there is a vehicle ahead of you, and the guard wants to talk with them, then you just have to wait. Unfortunately, for us, there were two such issues, and that in turn made us a little late. Fortunately, it was only a little late, and everything else went as needed and planned.

The procedure lasted for about an hour, and the doctors were very pleased with everything. Jason's left side is just about closed, and the right side is doing much better. With this treatment we are hopeful that the skin will be durable enough to take the pressure and the wounds will close for good. All of us will be very happy about that situation.

Jason and I got back home and then there was the need to go pick up Stacy, and an hour later to pick up Jackie. At about 15:00 (3pm) the new support person showed up at the house, and she seemed like she really wants to do a good job. The problem is that the company she works for did not bother to call us to tell us she was on her way. Again, we managed to get through this interrupt and both girls were home with enough time to get Stacy over to her doctor appointment. Tomorrow should be a bit easier, but I'll just have to wait and see. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014

Wow, just to think, this month is almost over, and that will bring us to the final two months of the year... and that'll take us to 2015! That is an amazing thought as those of you who remember Marty and Doc, and their travels through 2015. We should have flying cars in the next couple of weeks, I guess. Anyway, today has been a nice day.

We got up and we got ready for church. Actually, it was more like the girls came up to our room (we sleep upstairs, like it is almost a separate apartment) and jumped on us, just to see if we were awake, I guess. Jackie was up first and then Stacy came up a short while after. They love to play on the bed, with the two of us still trying to wake up, and hoping they will retreat back down to their own room - but that never happens. Linda usually gets up first, as the girls are usually sitting on top of me, or even jumping on me. They followed grandma down stairs and I started to move.

Within a matter of a half an hour I was making breakfast, or something like it, and then we all got ready for church. Jason wasn't going with us, as he doesn't want to move any more than he has to. We went to church and enjoyed the fellowship there, and found out they had a pancake breakfast going on after church. Of course the girls wanted to see what it was, since this also meant there were no doughnuts today. We ended up have a "second" breakfast, and it was pretty good... then we went home.

About the most stressful thing that happened today was working with Sprint, and their "customer support" team. I always enjoy trying to communicate with someone who does not speak English very well, and then half way through a sentence they hung up on me. I wasn't even yelling at them...yet. I have come to the conclusion that perhaps we should have stayed with AT&T. At least I knew how they worked.

The rest of the day was fun and we all were having a great time at the house. I didn't even stop to watch the 49er - Bronco game. I did catch a few updates along the way, and I think it is probably better that I didn't watch it... 49ers lost.

Linda gave the girls a bath and then it was time for bed. Tomorrow Jason has an appointment with Dermatology, where they are going to be doing the laser treatment and then the filoplast treatment. My guess is that it will take a few hours, so I'm not sure how the rest of the day will go, but I'm sure it will be good. Things are moving in a positive direction and this can only be a positive affect, so I'm all for that. I'll let you all know tomorrow how it came out. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014

As you may have noticed, I am starting to back off the daily posts, simply because I don't feel there is a great deal to post about. Like yesterday - it was a good day, and we did have some general fun around the house, but not much to write about. I did grill some burgers, and just as I was finishing the cooking we ran out of fuel for the grill - but that really isn't too exciting. The food was done and they tasted pretty good.

Today wasn't much different, though I did get in a short bike ride - and that was the first ride in several days (a few weeks?). I am still recovering from whatever it was that hit me, and I just really wanted to get out on my bike for a little ride. I went about 7 1/2 miles, and didn't go too far from the house. I felt pretty good afterward, and surprised myself in that I wasn't sweating too much.

The rest of the day was again spent around the house for the most part, and just relaxing and doing some of the things that need to get done. Linda did take the girls to Lakeshore, to check out a few things, and to do some window shopping. Jackie was having a little challenge with all the great things and wanted to take all of it home. She was a little upset when told she could buy everything in the store... ahh, the life of a four year old.

I made some popcorn for everybody, and we all watched a movie. Actually, the movie was Frozen, and we've seen it a few dozen times, but the girls enjoyed it just the same.  My guess is that about the only thing we'll do tomorrow is go to church, and maybe do some clean up around the house. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16, 2014

I'm feeling much better today, and I can say that after a good rest tonight, I should be back to just about 100%. That means I might even want to see if I can get back on the bike, and get going again. I am so glad to have the awful feeling go away - well, at least most of it. The doctors said that the numbness may linger on for a while longer or may not go away at all. I guess they're hedging their bets, so-to-speak, because they aren't sure what it is. You just got'a love the world of medicine.

Today was a nice relaxed day, with Jason and I going in to Balboa Hospital to get a prescription going and to visit with a couple of the medical teams. There is going to be another procedure done on Jason, on the 20th, and he wanted to be sure he had all the right things taken care of. He could have done it via the phone, but being there, face-to-face is always better, if you have the time. The funny part is that we got to the base and realized we had transferred all the placards to the truck, and we were now in the van. I had to go up to the drop off area and let Jason out, and then go park in the regular parking. That's where it got really strange... Traffic has slowed significantly in the past few weeks, and there were a couple of regular parking places available, relatively close to where Jason was dropped. I was totally surprised, and VERY happy.

The visit didn't take too long, and we were back home before 11:00. Jason was hungry, so I fixed him something to eat and then went up to take care of my email. Linda saw us come back early, and that allowed her to take care of a few other things, and also to get some needed rest. She has been working too hard lately, and now that we have the girls for the next couple of weeks she will be working even more. The girls wouldn't be back at the house for several hours, and I had stuff to keep me busy so I told her she could get some rest, and she did (I was happy).

The rest of the day was relaxed, very much the way we needed it to be. Joselyn came over for a visit, and to catch up with Linda, and then even went with Linda to pick up the girls. Tonight I fixed a nice dinner for everybody and then we finished the day by watching the Giants win the Pendant for the NLCS. I have to admit, I thought St. Louis was going to take this one, but Linda told me that the Giants would win, then the boys came through in the end. Stacy even informed me that she still wants to be a cheer leader for the Giants, and how come they don't already have some. A few years down the road and I guess we'll be petitioning the Giants to allow her to become their official cheer leader. The game ended real close to their regular bed time, so it all worked out very well. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

The crazy schedules seem to be continuing for us. Jason had an appointment with the VA today, so we went in at about 10:00 this morning. This, in and of itself is no big deal. What happened is that we were contacted by Urology, and they wanted to also meet with Jason, at close to 14:00 (2pm). This gave us time to get lunch, and then make it to the appointment, so that's what we did and didn't go very far away from the hospital. The appointment was very thorough and the doctors (there were three of them) all seemed very interested in finding ways to help Jason. The idea is to allow him to get away from the suprapubic catheter, and to find something that is less irritating to the body. My guess is this line of investigation is going to continue on for several more months. With the appointments being as they are, it provided time for Gracie and I to just sit back and wait... the challenge with this is that I really can't afford to just wait. Anyway, we were on our way back home after the initial visit, and more visits are on their way.

The cool thing for today is that the Giants won the play off game with the Cardinals, and now lead the series 3 to 1. I got to watch most of the game today, and it was very exciting. Tomorrow there is going to be yet another game, and we'll probably get a chance to watch that one as well. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 10, 2014

I guess I'm probably back to about 95% and should be back to normal tomorrow. I got up this morning, feeling pretty poorly, and fortunately that only lasted for about an hour or so. I was thinking that I was suffering a relapse and going the wrong way with the healing, and then started to feel better. by the middle of the morning I was doing okay, but feeling a bit weak and awkward. As the day progressed I gained more strength and stability and was playing with the grand kids by this evening (not too much, but much more than in the past several days).

Jason is feeling pretty good, and his wounds are looking better again, with the left side almost back to where it was a couple of weeks ago. The real positive is the right side continues to progress, and is much better than it was a few weeks ago. We didn't have any medical appointments today, but will be looking at a couple with the VA tomorrow. A real special happening for today was that Linda got to ride in Jason's new truck. We went to Costco and Jason drove (I rode in the back seat with Gracie). We didn't spend too much, so I was happy, too.

Not much other stuff going on around here, other than regular chores and stuff like that. Linda was having fun with the girls, as they get more and more excited about Halloween. Linda has helped them get into, and out of their costumes a few times, and they both look great. We are now beginning to look at things with Jason's future house, for his interior, and I think this is going to be one of those areas that Linda really enjoys. Finally, it was a very close game, and everything that makes baseball special to me - and to have the Giants win today made it an even better game. Both Stacy and Jackie watched the game with us, and told us that they want to go to a Giants game, so we're going to try for next year. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

What a very "different" kind of day for us.

I got up this morning, very early, as I still wasn't sleeping well through the night. Because of how I have been dealing with this intestinal infection/virus, it has really been starting to get to Linda. I finally agreed to call the V.A. hotline (24-hour Nurse support), and I figured I'd end up getting an appointment set for Tuesday or something. Well, there was a new development with my symptoms, a sort of a numbness on parts of my back and left side, and even down my triceps on my left arm. When I began talking about this the nurse immediately thought I had either experienced a stroke of some kind, or was in the midst of having one. She insisted that I get down to the VA hospital as quickly as possible (she quickly determined that if we drove it would be faster than taking an ambulance).

Linda was getting ready to go work out on the elliptical so it really didn't take long for us to get out of the house and down the road. Jason was feeling pretty good and knew he would be able to take care of himself, at least for a few hours. We arrived at the ER of the VA Hospital and they quickly took me in (the phone nurse had called ahead) and that is when the exams and testing and X-rays began. I was fortunate to have a more senior nurse as my care giver, as she was able to put an IV in with little discomfort. I felt like the drew about a full unit of blood for the lab work. I was to go through several exams, and be sent to the radiation area for several pictures, and while all this took a great deal of time Linda was able to go take care of some other things that were still hanging out there.

Jackie needed to go to her speech therapy, and then back to school, and later both girls would be getting out of school and Linda was supposed to pick them up. Needless to say, Linda drove back and forth a great deal today, and we were able to make all the correct times and appointments. Jason was even able to head over to Target, by himself, and that proved to be an adventure in itself (perhaps I will go into it tomorrow). The day was finally over at about 16:00 (pm), and Linda came back to pick me up.

One of the more interesting, funny, sad things to happen was that two of the doctors who came in to examine me, asked if I had been to Africa recently. I guess the Ebola issue is worry more and more of the medical community, especially when a patient comes in with something they can't figure out. They finally sent me on my way with some medication and instructions to monitor a couple of areas, and watch for specific rashes. There is a chance that what has happened is that early on-set shingles has raised its head. Anyway, I'm doing okay right now and we're getting ready to get to bed. Jason had a great day and Linda spent the day as a shuttle service as well as helping me get through the day, as best she could. Thank you, all, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.