Today was a special day for Jason because we were all able to sit down and enjoy our dinner together, at a table, for the first time in almost a year. It was the first time in 5 months that Jason has eaten anything and not be confined to his bed. The cafeteria has special tables to accommodate wheelchairs so he was able to just wheel himself up to the table and we had the dinner from the hospital galley (a.k.a. cafeteria). We ate salad, soup, and spaghetti and it felt like a nice family dinner. We were almost the only ones in the cafeteria, so we basically had the entire place to ourselves (almost). We did not take any pictures as we just wanted to enjoy this time, besides there really wasn't anyone around to ask to take any pictures.
Jason has a procedure tomorrow morning, so he will be going down to the PACU early in the morning, and then probably back in his room around 11:00. Not sure if I will need to head out to pick him up something for lunch, but I already know I'll need to do it for dinner. The offerings made on the menu selection were not interesting to Jason, and he asked me to get him something else. I'll need to ask him tomorrow, once he is back from the PACU, if lunch needs to be brought in. He is going down to have a dressing change, as well as an assessment of the wounds.
He had a few visitors today. The Arms Outstretched Ministry came by and spent a little visit with Jason, and one of them is a former Marine, and I think he was in his 30's so it was easy for him to relate to Jason. They also brought in lunch for everyone on 5 (and even some from other floors), so they were quite a hit with everyone. Another visitor was the Sargent Major from his unit back in Afghanistan came by. Jason was particularly happy to see him, as they had more common things to talk about. I found him to be a truly caring man, and his wife, whom he brought also, was totally supportive of what he was doing. He was on leave from Afghanistan and headed back in only a matter of a couple weeks, yet he was taking time to come visit Jason and the other Marines. That not only says a great deal about his character, it also says a great deal about his wife and her support. I felt honored to have met them. Jason also had a visit from a warrant officer who Jason didn't know, but had actually met some time in the past. Jason always enjoys Marines coming in, so it was good. Finally, Dave, the cookie guy, came by with one of his daughters and spent some time with Jason. He didn't have any cookies with him this time, however he did bring some fresh berries and that made Linda very happy (Jason doesn't like berries, so he wasn't interested). The only other folks to "visit" with Jason today was family, and the medical staff, and that's okay.
Thank you, all for your continued prayers and support, it is very important to us to know that you are all out there, and even more important to let you know we do appreciate it very much.