Iwo Gima

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20, 2011 - Spring Time has come

With Spring comes new life and it seems to be very appropriate with the advent of how Jason is doing. Today marked a number of miles stones for our Marine Hero. Jason can now speak fairly clearly and hold a conversation with people; Jason can now move both of his arms by crossing his chest and lifting them up (about 5 inches) without causing him much discomfort; he can move his fingers on his left hand and even touch his thumb to his pinky, and he even showed the doctor that he could "flip him off." That last part was actually a part of the exercise that the doctor wanted him to do. Now the big thing... he was able to plant his arms down on the bed and push off at the elbow and lift himself up slightly off the bed. That is huge in the recovery process. I'd rather he not do it too often, until after they close up the wounds, but it is nice to see that he has the strength to do it.

On top of all those achievements, they have allowed him to begin eating "solid" foods, and drinking. The VERY first thing he asked for was a lemonade, so I went out to the store and found some real lemonade and brought it back to him. The nurse said it would be kept in the refrigerator, and that as long as it was okay for him to have it, they would bring it to him. His attitude is pretty positive, though I can see a great deal of discomfort on his face, and sometimes I worry that he is trying too hard to get out of the I.C.U. I want him out as quickly as possible, but I don't want him to cause a set back by showing how strong he is. Perhaps that's a parental thing, and I'm being too concerned, but none-the-less, it was good to see him up to the challenge.

Thank you, for all the continued thoughts and prayers, and it is good to see that we are getting hits on the blog from people from all over the country.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the daily updates. I look forward to reading how Jason is doing and am especially excited to read about all his positive progress. We are keeping you all in our thoughts daily and hope Jason continues to improve. Michelle & Family (Friends of Mir & David)

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  2. I just learned of Jason's accident during church today. Please know that all of you, and especially Jason, are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for strength for all of you.

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  3. I can not tell you how happy we are to hear how well Jason is doing! Thanks for all the updates and we continue to pray for everyone.

    Danny and Casey Ellegood

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  4. Wow! I am proud of Jason regardless, but his perseverence is amazing. Give him our love and kudos. Eric and I check the blog regularly and several times a day the kids ask how Jason is doing. You all are always in our thoughts and prayers.
    Eric, Nina & Family

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  5. We went to your church today, gave them an update, and passed out your address and blog info. We are happy to hear that Jason is progressing. Give him our love.
    Love,
    Dad and Mom

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  6. Such good news to read!! We will be sending cards your way.

    Thanks for posting the picture of Jason, He is a handsome young man!

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  7. Praise the Lord! Great news! My mijo is so handsome. Our prayers continue to be in all your favor especially Jason. I know he has always been so positive and I am happy that continues to be his attitude. Remind him one day at a time. God is in control of everything.
    Love you all. Please tell Jason Nina loves him.

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  8. Linda and George,
    Please give both Jason and his family extra loves and hugs from his extended Tri-Valley faamily. He has been added to prayers lists all over the Valley and beyond. Yesterday we heard how Nicodemus was strong and brave and helped to defend Our Lord to the end. Jason, while defending our country fought hard and now we can all surround him with our prayers and love. Jeanne Virgilio

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  9. Linda and George,
    I'm a friend of Bonnie Sun's and she's been keeping me up to date. Even though I only know your son David, my heart goes out to you and Jason. I'm a children's book writer and if you tell me the names and ages of his children and their address, I'd love to send them some of my books in hopes they might be a distraction and give them some pleasure.

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  10. Dear George and Linda,

    I can't express how happy I am to hear your daily updates. My prayers continue for all of your family. Although I don't know your family except for Linda, being a mom my heart goes out to all of you. I will keep the prayers coming and rejoice with all of you the day your Jason gets to go home to be with his family. My prayers for his wife and children as well are always there. May God continue to give you comfort and that you all feel His loving arms around Jason and all of you.

    Love,
    Teri Wendt
    VFCCA

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  11. It is all sounding positive! Hugs to all of you...know we are all there with you in spirit, and sending prayers and good thoughts.

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  12. Still in our prayers and it's so great to see the positive improvements. Jason is so strong and brave!

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  13. It is so wonderful to see the updates and most have been so good. Let's keep Jason in God's hands for a full recovery. Prayers will continue for Jason and the entire family. Thank you so much for keeping us posted. God bless!

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