September 14, 2011

Jason had another uneventful day in the PACU today, and that is good, for a couple of reasons. First, it meant a quick and easy dressing change, and those are always the best kind to have. Secondly, because his wounds were looking particularly good he doesn't have to go back in tomorrow, so he gets a day off from the PACU. Actually there is a third benefit, but it is more for me... I don't have to get up so early to got see him in the morning. I can sleep in until 7:00am... ;-)

There are some interesting challenges that are facing Jason right now, and one of them is clothing. Because of his injuries he will be needing to get some special type clothes made, and today a rep from Under Armor came by, with another gentleman who specializes in prosthetic design. But I'm getting ahead of myself here. Jason was to go down to the MATC (some day I'm going to figure out what "MATC" means) for his PT work, and then it was communicated to us that the Under Armor (UA) guy was coming by. MJ decided that it would be best for Jason to just have the PT session in his room, so he wouldn't miss the opportunity to meet. The beauty of working with MJ and Trista (she is the OT specialist working with Jason, and the two of them team up to provide a complete package) is that whatever it is that is going to be worked on that day can be changed quickly and there are plenty of things Jason can do right from his chair or bed.

Well, the session lasted for just over an hour, in Jason's room, and he did have a good workout. We were told the UA guy was going to be there in 30 minutes, so we waited, and waited, and pretty much gave up on the idea that they were coming. I had gotten Jason back in his bed and we were just talking and working with the nurse and corpsman and it was now almost 4:15pm. The UA guy and the prosthetic guy finally showed up and came in to talk with Jason. We weren't going anywhere anyway, so it was okay. Before he left (about 20 minutes later) he said he was going to be designing some garments for Jason, and should have something ready for him in a matter of a couple of days. As for prosthetic devices, the other guy said that he can show Jason some items that will allow him to be able to walk, over time, and that as long as Jason wanted to work for it there is no reason it can't be done. It will also take some time for Jason to get used to working with them, and as far as Jason is concerned, he has plenty of time to do that work of learning to walk again.

Thank you, for your continued prayers and support for Jason and all the medical team here. We have another chunk of time to get through so we are going to need to have the continued strength.


  1. Always in our thoughts and prayers. I'm praying for the colonization to go away and for continued success with the PT folks. Pretty exciting news today with the clothes and prosthetic guys.

    The Medal of Honor Receipent has a very advanced prosthetic for his hand so I'm confident that by the time Jason is ready there will be something that will be perfect for him also.

    Keep the faith and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. My dad was asking about you guys tonight too.

    Take good care,
    Friends from Livermore
    Karen & Rob

  2. Jason, Mr. Ross;
    I wanted to give you a heads up that myself and CWO5 Garfield will be traveling up to Bethesda on Monday to visit with all of our EOD brothers. We should be arriving sometime in the morning and hope that Jason and you will be available.

    Great photos of Jason's lunch at Benihana's! I see that Jason even rocked his Team X-T.R.E.M.E shirt.

    Let me know if either of you have any requests or want something "special" to eat and I will facilitate. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you.

    Matt Small
    Team X-T.R.E.M.E


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