Today began with a bit of a drizzle outside, and as far as I am concerned, that is a good thing. It seemed like it dropped the temperature down a good 10 degrees, and it was kind of nice walking over to the hospital this morning. I went up and had breakfast with Jason (Linda was tired, so I let her sleep in), and we both just relaxed and enjoyed each other's company. We talked about some of the PT work that he has done, as well as what he was going to be doing. He was anxious to get to PT today as I think he is starting to feel much better now and he likes the fact that he is gaining some of his strength back. Linda came in just a little while before we were to be headed down to the gym, so while Jason and I did a few things to get him ready she worked on getting his cart ready. Right now, because Jason still requires some assistance in getting from the bed to the cart, it takes up to 30 minutes before he is ready to head out the room. My guess is that in another 2 weeks we'll have the time cut in half and maybe even more.
Getting down to PT, he again worked on how he would be gaining his balance and working on his core muscles, and he did an excellent job in showing that he is improving all the time, and eager to do more. What really surprised everyone in the PT area was how well Jason was able to do push ups. Now, you have to appreciate that these were not your normal Marine pushups, but they were close enough that we consider them such. His arms are still showing the affects of the IED, as well as the infections that he is fighting, and still demonstrated that he has the strength to do more than the medical staff expected. As you can imagine, we were all happy and proud of what Jason continues to do. While Jason was down at the PT gym, the Assistant Under Secretary of The Navy came by and stopped and spoke with Jason for a minute, and then handed him a coin. It wasn't a long visit as Jason was focused on the work to be done.
Bridgette and the girls were able to come back up for a short while, to visit with Jason, and that made Jason feel real good. I think it made Bridgette feel good too, so we were all happy to have them back. Bridgette is putting in some long hours, working on getting her and Jason's personal things in order, and so when they first arrived we basically left the room, with the girls to provide them with some "alone" time. Linda was feeling pretty good, being able to hold and play with our granddaughters again, and I was too. We finally had to recognize that it had been a long day for them and so we needed to get them to bed, and we all basically said good night to Jason. He has a procedure tomorrow, in the PACU, so Bridgette said she plans on going over to see him very early in the morning. Linda and I will have the girls with us so she can do this. The procedure is a wash out and new dressing, so he should be back in his room before noon.
Thank you, for your continued prayers and support. Jason continues to amaze us all.