Jason was to have received his Purple Heart today, but early this morning they had to take him in to emergency surgery, due to problems with his bowels. There was an obstruction (scar tissue) that needed to be removed. It was the culprit that was causing him so much discomfort. It was a short surgery, but one where they had to open him up again, and as a result he was very uncomfortable, and experiencing some significant pain. Because of this, it was decided that he wasn't in the best of conditions to go through any ceremony, and when we spoke with him he was in agreement to delay the presentation.
By the end of the day you could see a marked improvement in his condition, and perhaps if the presentation had gone on tomorrow, he might have been able to go with it, but that is a mute point right now. The next presentation is set for a couple of weeks from now, and by then he should be in much better shape for it. On the bright side, with the correction to his bowels, he should be able to SLOWLY begin eating again, and not become uncomfortable or backed up. That is a terrible feeling and any time any of us visited with him we couldn't help but feel like we wanted to do something, but couldn't do much except try to make him a little more comfortable.
Please keep him in your prayers, and rest assured, we are letting him know about all the good things coming his way, and that once he is able, we have a bunch of hugs for him. Thank you, all for your continued support, believe me, it is appreciated.