Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 16, 2011

Today was a busy day for Jason, with it starting out with me coming over to finish up the packing of things in his room, so that we'll be ready for the move to the 4th floor next week. We ended up with a bunch of boxes of stuff that he has accumulated over the past 5+ months, and we had it shipped out to California so he won't have to deal with shipping more stuff later on. After the packing was done he wanted to get out on his cart. He is getting more confident in being able to move around, going from his bed to the cart, and that is a big step for him. It shows that he is more confident with his balance, and in his ability to move himself. I think he would have liked to have gotten several laps of the floor, and he did do four laps, but the challenge is that for some reason today was especially busy with people, and they all seemed to want to hang around in the hall ways. Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but the hallways did have more people than usual. With more people one tends to get more "opportunity" to socialize and that slows one down when one is out to make laps. (Yeah, Jason is "one" in that last sentence). Anyway, once he was done with that he headed back to his room where he rested a bit, and then ate lunch.

He wanted to rest because he knew he was going to have to get back to his chair and head down to the PT gym, where MJ was waiting for him. Again they wanted to work on his balance as coordination, as well as strengthening of his arms while reaching. He is able to do some "walking" while on the mat, and that was a pretty big thing. He didn't go too far, but it was a first and I'm not sure who was more excited about it, as a few of us were cheering and Jason was smiling. They had him doing some extended arm exercises that were meant to do a few things, such as build a little strength; help with his balance; and development of his confidence while being in an upright position. When he was done he headed back to his room where he got back in bed and slept for a couple of hours.

There weren't too many visitors today, and that's probably a good thing. As much as he was out today, he wouldn't have had a bunch of time to spend with too many visitors. Of course the flip side of that is that while he was out people came by and he wasn't around to see them. Tomorrow is going to be another busy day for Jason, though I don't know if it will be as busy as today. When I did leave his room tonight, he was asleep, and resting well, and he deserved it. A little earlier in the evening he was dealing with some pain issues, and the nurses worked to get it under control, and I also think their efforts contributed to his sleeping so restfully.

Thank you, all for your continued support and for keeping all the Wounded Warriors in your prayers.

3 comments:

  1. Jason, I'm so excited to read how active you are becoming. I have read the blog every single day from the first day and you are just incredible. I am so inspired by you. Keep up the good word and I hope one day to be able to meet you in person. Thank you for everything!

    You are in our prayers everyday, as well as your family.
    Karen and Rob Weaver
    Livermore, Ca.

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  2. What's the cart you keep talking about? How's that different than a wheelchair?
    The passage today is a little different. But the way I look at it, life itself is a battle and the Lord doesn't change. He was with the Israelites as they headed into the Promised Land, and He's with you, helping you and giving you strength to face whatever lies ahead. Always here praying!
    Deuteronomy 20:1-4: When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
    Prayer Bears
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  3. HI Jason - hope on Thursday you can make it out to Mercy Hall for some good Marine Mom cooking. It could be a nice outing for you and wonderful change of scenery. I would love to see you again.

    Katie
    Marine Mom

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