Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011 11:20PM

It has been a very long day and another trip up and down on the roller coaster, with a final little up, here at the end. Linda and I visited with another family, whose Marine has injuries similar to Jason's. The family was both honest and realistic about how the treatment and progress would be, and it felt very positive. David was up with Jason already, and had been for over an hour when we came in. We really don't know what we would have done if David and Miriam hadn't come. Jason was a bit more alert, and this was both good and bad, though I guess the reason it was "bad" was an inevitability. The good was because we were able to communicate better with him, and the bad was that it seemed like Jason was beginning to recognize that he was seriously injured and that he wasn't physically the same. You could see in his eyes and facial expressions that he was distressed, and not just from the pain. He answered some of my questions with blinks of the eyes, and we could tell that his vision was much better today as he could focus on who was talking to him. When I asked him about having visitors he indicated that he did not want to see any. I think it is directly linked to the fact that he understands some of his injuries. This is going to be difficult for him (and us) so we need to be prepared to work even harder to keep his spirits up.

Tomorrow he goes back in for another surgery, and from what we have been told it sounds like it is going to be a very long set of procedures. We were spoken to by five sets/teams of surgeons, all of them wanting to be sure that we fully understood what they were going to be doing. By the time we were done talking to them all I felt like I had a pretty good idea of exactly what was going to be happening. They all seemed to take painstakingly detailed explanations so that the families do understand and they are so very patient to answer questions - completely. Jason will be going in by 7:30AM, so they'll come and get him by 6:45AM. The surgery will be for about 6 hours, and possibly more. This is probably a good thing as we need to take care of some personal business and there is going to be a Family Wounded Marine orientation that we need to attend.

From what we understand, this first week is by far the most difficult, and I am so glad that we will soon have it behind us. We are so anxious to be able to talk with Jason, and yet understand the need for him to be kept the way he is for right now. It is heart warming to see the blog is being followed by more and more people. Miriam had to go back home yesterday, and David needs to get back to his job tomorrow. They will be missed greatly, and especially by Bridgette. Bridgette has been a real trooper in dealing with all the challenges at hand, and though we do our best to help her out, she relates better to David and Miriam - IMHO. The good news in this is that David and Miriam will be coming back, as time permits.

7 comments:

  1. Praying for a good outcome today.

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  2. One day at a time, keep up your strength, and when it is just too much to handle, fall on Jesus and He will see you through it.
    We are still praying every day and night for Jason, and you and Linda too.
    We will be watching for the news of this new round of surgeries.
    Know that we are supporting you, lifting you up in prayer, and our thoughts are constantly with you and Jason.
    Semper Fi

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  3. I’m sorry yesterday was such a rough day. Let Jason know that we’re all praying for him. Hopefully, today is a lot better. Hang in there.

    -Jeff & Kitty

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  4. You are all in my thoughts and constant prayers. God is in control. It's not for us to question why, but to say okay Lord help us get through this and what is to come. He will give you the strength and courage you need. My love to Jason. Tell him Nina loves him and is praying for him.

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  5. Jason and the entire Ross family are in our thoughts and prayers here in SoCal and in San Diego. We were glad to hear that Jason was moved to the US and that Dave and Miriam were able to come out.

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  6. Your entire family are in out thoughts and prayers everyday.

    Always, Becky and LaMar, A USAF family from Pleasanton

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  7. You write so well and seem so strong. I am so glad that Linda has you to lean on. I am praying for continued strength for you and your entire family as you try to stay positive for Jason. Praying for you all each day!

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