Jason had a very long surgery today, and it went well. The doctors were pleased with what they found and only had to remove a minimal amount of tissue. The wounds are all still open, and will remain that way until they find that the fungus and bacteria has all been taken care of. We were over to visit with Jason prior to the surgery and at that time he was actually pretty well awake, and only had a minimal amount of affect from the drugs. As a result he was able to communicate with us for almost a full 30 minutes and he was able to focus on us with clear eyes.
Once they took him into surgery we had other things to attend to. Laundry had to be done, and then we had our "official" orientation. As it was, I was the only one in the laundry area and was able to use multiple machines all at the same time and was finished in just over an hour and a half. Then we had to head back over to the hospital for our orientation, that lasted another two hours. So now we're getting hungry... We grabbed a quick sandwich and went back up to see if Jason had come back.
Jason was there, but now he was back under the affects of medications and drugs, and wasn't able to communicate again. We were only there for a short while when they said they wanted to do an MRI on his neck and shoulders. He has been wearing a neck brace since he first left Afghanistan and they aren't comfortable removing it until they know there is no damage. THEN, they found out that he still had shrapnel in both arms and said we can't do an MRI if they have shrapnel. Now they want to go with a Cat Scan, but by now it is getting later and David is going to the air port, and I need to go take care of some other things so at this point we don't know the results, and probably won't know until tomorrow morning. We'll be headed back over early tomorrow morning and then start again. We go through each activity and some times progress is good, and other times progress is not quite as good. We feel Jason is showing just how strong he is, because he hasn't had any set backs. There are others here who have not be as fortunate.
Bridgette plans to return on tomorrow with Stacy and Jackie; Stacy has been sick with and ear infection and has been unable to travel. Please keep Jason and his family in your thoughts and prayers.