September 3, 2011 - Bridgette and the girls up for a visit

Jason had a bit of a rough morning, as his pain level was elevated for some reason. He was doing his best to get more comfortable, and yet it didn't seem to matter how he positioned himself, he couldn't get comfortable for more than a minute at a time. Finally we worked together and re-situated his pads (often called chuck pads) and the nurse was able to give him a little extra pain medication; then the pain began to go down. On the bright side we were expecting Bridgette and the girls to be coming up, and they could arrive at just about any time. With the Labor Day traffic to deal with Bridgette really didn't know when she would be arriving, only that she left early in the day.

Dr. Malone came by and had a nice discussion with Jason and I, about how he was doing and how he did when we went out to lunch yesterday. His wounds are continuing to improve and she was very happy about how the luncheon turned out and said that it would be perfectly fine to start going out more; and, that Jason should consider doing whatever he wanted to do now. Obviously he had to consider how long he would be out and to make sure that whatever he did, he had medical support with him, just in case. She told him he could go to a museum or go fishing; he could simply tour the sights or go out to lunch again. It really didn't matter and that, "...the sky is the limit." With that Jason said he had no desire to jump out of an air plane... but he did like the idea of possibly going fishing.

David the cookie guy came by, only this time he didn't have cookies, he had fresh fruit and berries. Jason doesn't particularly care for berries, of any kind, and didn't want any of the fruit Dave had brought. That was okay with David. He was there with his youngest daughter and they stayed and visited with Jason for several minutes. They mostly talked about colleges, military jobs, and David's wife's travels. It was a nice visit and as always, Jason was a welcoming host.

I went out and got some Taco Bell for dinner, for Jason, Linda and I. It was nice to just sit back and watch a Skoobie Doo movie while we ate and relaxed. After we finished eating I received a text message from Bridgette that they were finally here and she wanted to know where to come, since Jason's room had changed since the last time she was here. She and the girls were very tired, as they had been on the road for almost 13 hours, because of the bad holiday traffic. It was really good to see them, and it made Jason very happy. Jason had gotten a couple of Teddy Bears for the girls, so when they came in he had little gifts for both of the. Stacy was pretty excited to see Daddy, and then to get a Teddy Bear on top of that was the best thing that could have happened. Jackie was happy to see Daddy too, and to get the bear, but she is only a year old now so she doesn't react the same as Stacy, who will be turning three soon.

Bridgette is dealing with a bunch of stuff, with her job so she said she was only able to stay until tomorrow, and will be leaving too soon. In my opinion, that is WAY too much driving to do in any one weekend, even if Bridgette is young and strong. We talked about when she will be coming back up, though it won't be set until later next week, when she can get with her command. Linda and I would like to see the girls more too, and hope that they can come back up sooner, rather than later. We can see the difference in how they have developed since the last time we saw them, and spent some time with them... kids grow so fast.

Thank you, all for your continued prayers and support. Please keep Bridgette and the girls in your hearts while they travel.


  1. Continued prayers for Ross family. Please say hi to Jason from the O'Rourkes

  2. Praying hard right now! Adding prayers that things work out with Brigette and the kids. They need to be able to be there longer!
    Psalms 130:5-7 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let [us] hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
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  3. I saw Sgt. Ross' portrait by Victor Juhasz in the Washington Post Weekend section article about the 9/11 arts project at the Edison Place Gallery. I shared this blog on Facebook and plan to attend the exhibit. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and comrades.


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