Jason started off with PT early today, and they worked on his core strength and balance again. He is getting better in his ability to move around a bit more, and that is a good thing. He is also showing that he is able to stay out, and away from his bed and disconnected from his meds for a little longer periods of time. The doctor said he was comfortable with Jason being off the medications, hanging on the I.V. poll for as much as 1 1/2 hours, though Jason isn't quite that far along just yet. After his PT workout Jason wanted to get back to his room and into his bed.
Once he was in his bed and hooked back up to the poll, he soon became much more comfortable. With Walter Reed merging with NNMC there are more Army nurses and corpsmen around, and because it is still early in the merge there are a number who are still just learning where everything is. Today Jason had a nurse who was not only looking after him, the nurse was also "mentoring" one of the new Army nurses. If they are all like she is then I would have to say the merger is going to be a good thing. She was very friendly, and Jason enjoyed talking with her.
There were a few visitors today, with one of them being a former Walter Reed patient, who is a double amputee and has gone through almost a year of rehab work. He came walking in on his "new" legs and seemed very comfortable with them. He and Jason talked for about 20 minutes, and then Brian (who is also EOD/Army), the visitor, left. A few moments later Mark came in for a visit. Another former patient who has gone on to rehab. He was injured on his left arm and they were able to save it. He is now able to move his arm and hand almost as if nothing happened. No other visitors, except Mom and Dad, so Jason was able to get a little extra rest, and that was a good thing.
The updates for the remainder of the time here are going to be pretty much like this one (relatively short), unless there is something new to report. Thank you, all for your continued support of Jason, and for praying for him and all the others.