A Milestone has been achieved - April 14, 2011

Today was a good day for Jason. He had surgery, and it was a little longer than first anticipated; and, that is all the "bad" news there is today. They got everything done they wanted, and actually you might say a little more. His wounds are all healing up just as they should be and everything looks good, going forward. His mood is a little more up beat, and he was allowed to get ice chips this evening, and that made him happy. They seem to be getting better control of his pain and that is a very good thing.

So, what is this Milestone? His next surgery won't be until Monday - the longest he has gone between surgeries so far. In fact, the surgeries from now on are going to be set for Monday and Thursday, so he is only going to have to deal with that recovery twice a week, as long as they don't run into any problems, and I don't think they will. Jason was obviously happy to hear this, and I think this is what helped to bring his spirits up a bit more today. On top of that Bridgette said she was so happy with being able to talk with Jason today, because it was the longest conversation they have had since this started over a month ago. Now we need to continue with Jason's progress so that he can move on to physical therapy and occupational therapy, because with that he will be able to move to a wheel chair and then start moving around more, and even getting outside - but that's a little ways off.

It looks like he will be receiving his Purple Heart in about two weeks, and I am afraid that that is as good a date as I am going to get until it gets much closer. I am guessing the ceremony will be on a Tuesday, but it could be on just about any day of the week, so don't hold me to it. As I learn more I'll be putting it in the blog, so rest assured he will get it - we just aren't real certain as to when.

Thank you, to all of you for your cards and letters (and packages), as it is still amazing me just how many we are receiving. We still haven't opened them all, because of all the other things we're doing; and, we have agreed to focus on getting to them by this weekend. Thank you, also for your continued prayers and keeping us in your hearts.


  1. Praise the Lord! I have the biggest smile on my face so I can just imagine you all. Let Jason know I really hated coming home, but am thankful to have been there with him. My prayers continue in everyones favor. I look forward to hearing good news. Stay positive.
    Love you all.

    Yolanda ( Nina)

  2. Wonderful news! As always, you are all in my prayers.

    Roseanne Phillips
    Blue Star Mom, Danville, CA

  3. Praying each day...glad to hear things are going better. I appreciate being able to read about Jason's progress and how the family is doing. Thinking of you and Linda!

  4. I love how upbeat you all are as you go through these surgeries. I read this blog everyday and I still have trouble finding the words to put on a comment (much less a whole post.) You are one tough family. I can’t wait to see you again.

    - Jeff


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