Today is Jason's 10 year anniversary with the Marines. He was supposed to join on that infamous day - 9/11/01, but the Twin Towers were hit, and the rest is history. It caused a delay that turned into six days, and even with what has happened, I don't believe he has any regrets for joining the Marines. He has had a couple of conversations with the current Commandant, and even other generals in the Marines, and they all say the same thing, "If you choose to stay in the Marines there will be a place for you." That makes Jason feel pretty good.
He didn't have a trip to the PACU today, and there were no particular problems with anything, other than an interesting turn with the food service. He called in his lunch and had a simple order of grilled ham and cheese, french fries, a cup of soup, a brownie, and a coke. Well, the order that was delivered first was a brownie, a protein shake, and a coke. Then the delivery guy came in and asked if he had gotten his lunch yet, and Jason told him what had happened (I guess a different delivery person brought the first one in). The 2nd delivery guy said he would go get his lunch and bring it right back. He then came back with two trays for Jason, that effectively doubled what Jason ordered. He had two of everything, plus what he had gotten the first time. I sure to hope they get these kinks worked out soon, as I am sure it is frustrating to the workers almost as much as it is to the patients.
This evening Jason and I went out with a group to a crab feed. We only decided to go to this, this afternoon, and the doctors were all in favor of him going. I was given some extra medication (pill form) to help with the pain, and we thought we were all set. Because the weather has started to turn to Fall, Jason even work a light jacket. We worked with the medical staff, and we were able to get out of the room, and down to the transportation right on time, we thought, "hey this is great!"
The first challenge was the ride over - The driver of the shuttle didn't slow down when he came to bumps and out here there are several in the road. They tend to have a negative impact on Jason and his comfort. We thought Jason would be alright though and we went in to have crab, and whatever else they had. Jason lasted for a little more than an hour and even with the medication he said he had to get back so we left a little early. Then that driver does the exact opposite and drives so slow that they bumps aren't too bad, but he doesn't ever speed up, even with the road surface being smooth. By the time we finally got back to the hospital Jason was ready to get in his bed and asked the nurse for an extra hit of his pain meds... It all turned out alright, and the food was good, we just need to make sure we do a better joj coordinating with the drivers.
Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Jason will be going back in to the PACU tomorrow, and we are hoping that the results will be positive.