Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August 6, 2011

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.


  1. Jason! You did a fantastic job yesterday! I've never been able to do any pushups so you did a fantastic job! And yes, you definitely won! You both won!
    Christ went through all this for us, that we might have hope! Praying!
    Isaiah 53:7-10: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
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  2. What a monumental day!! The first of many more to come. Thank you George for sharing this heartfelt moment with your family with all of us. Incredible, it makes my heart happy and my face smile. What a journey this has been. I'm so happy right now for all of you and glad to know that prayer works. Thank you Ross Family for being so inspiring and such a great example.

    Karen and Rob Weaver
    Livermore, California

  3. Hi,
    I just wanted you to know that I've been following your blog off and on and I know how discouraging it can be to have to deal with this stuff over the long term. I was diagnosed with cancer in August 2008 and I am still dealing with the fallout from that.

    Keep up your hopes. Keep trying. Keep going. Even when you feel like quitting.

    You can get through it and so can I. I know it's hard and sometimes you feel so all alone in the struggle. But keep going.

    I'll be praying for you. You can pray for me.

  4. Hi Ross Family!
    What a great thing to spend some time catching up on the blog with SUCH exciting news!! A push-up contest AND a family dinner around the table - all in one week! Truly Jason, your persistence, perseverance and stamina is amazing. George & Linda- how incredible to me your unwavering love, presence and support. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. May the healing continue...
    Fondly, Jennifer Geiger

  5. Hope you had a good day today!
    Christ suffered in our place that we might have the hope of Heaven! Always praying!
    Isaiah 53:11-12 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
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