August 22, 2011

The day began with another visit to the PACU for Jason, and when they brought him back to his room he was still asleep. I guess they used a little more in the way of sedation, to avoid any chance that he might wake up before they were finished. The PACU dressing change went as well as they could have hoped for, and whoever did the bandage wrap this time sure did a nice job. In the past they have always had to use some extra adhesive tape to keep the bandages in place. This time there was still some tape, but only a minimal amount, and it looked much neater this time.

We got to speak with the head of Jason's treatment team and she told us that things are really looking good and that Jason's wounds are healing up more all the time. In fact because of the success of the a-cell treatment there does not look like he will be needing any skin grafts. There are some other small area(s) that will be getting more of the a-cell treatment, and that is a good thing. I (and Jason) would rather see that, than the skin grafts start coming back again. There is also some work that is going to be done on the heterotopic ossification, and possibly have it removed tomorrow.

The big move is scheduled for tomorrow, only instead of early in the morning it will be done a little later in the evening. I'm guessing that part of the reason for this is that if they do it closer to the shift change there will be "extra" hands available to help with the move, and that should make the move go more smoothly. I have been able to remove just about everything that is "personal property" from the room, and will finish it up tomorrow. I left a couple of things there, so we can still use them tomorrow - the TV Trays. The rest of the room looks kind of bare right now, as I've taken down all of the pictures.

Not too many visitors today, though a couple of Navy guys came up from Camp Lejeune to see Jason, and some of the other patients there. When they arrived, Jason had just gotten back from the PACU, so he was still asleep. They said they would come back around later, and when they did Jason was still not fully awake. They did sign the Red Book and left a business card, so Jason can contact them when he needs to (if he needs to?). The rest of the day was spent at PT, reading and resting. PT was set on building his core and balance, as most of his treatments will be with that focus, and I think it challenged him. The reading is his Stephen King novel, and he seems to enjoy it enough that he hasn't been watching too much TV lately, and that is something that makes Dad a little happier.

Thank you, all for your continued prayers, and for all the support you have shown. It has really been appreciated.


  1. Continuing to lift up prayers!
    Psalms 120:1-3 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
    Prayer Bears
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  2. I usually read the blog from my phone, thus don't look at the big title picture, which I had seen a hundred times. My friend told me you switched it, so I went home and looked at the nice big picture on my giant computer screen. Wow, Jason. You look great!!! Looks like you've gained weight and just look so much stronger. It is great that people that follow the blog can see how much you are improving. This has been a rough road and you have shown you are a fighter. Keep up the good work. You are amazing.
    Aunt Joyce

  3. Love the new picture as well- Jason looks confident and strong...what I know him to be.
    Hugs for you as the move happens tomorrow...hoping for a peaceful trip to the new room.


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