Six months ago Jason was injured in Afghanistan, and at the end of this week, Saturday, September 10, Jason and I will have been here for six months. He has come a long, long way to healing his body, and he has remained in amazingly strong and positive spirits. To think about all that he has gone through, and still be able to make jokes with the doctors and give "pep-talks" to others who are feeling a bit down is nothing short of amazing. We still don't know how long we will be here, we just know that we are getting closer to finally healing up the wounds. With that...
Jason had a good day in the PACU today, and was only there for a couple of hours. They did the wash and new dressings, and from all accounts the wounds are doing what they had hoped they would do. I was able to get over to see him prior to him going down and was back in his room less than 1/2 hour after he had gotten back. I had some errands to take care of this morning and thought I had a full 3 hours to use, but obviously that was not correct. These PACU visits will continue through the week and then possibly on Sunday. Not sure what will happen on Monday, and then on Tuesday he will probably go back into the O.R., though that is not 100%. Because of the nature of his wounds the doctors just don't want to predict.
I went down to the galley and picked up some lunch for Jason and I, and figured I'd make it easy and get us the same thing, except that I had jello and he didn't. They had pasta, chicken and vegetables (among other offerings), and I went for it because it looked good. When we tasted it we found out that it tasted good, too. The only down side was that I didn't get enough pasta for Jason - He really liked it. After lunch we kind of just kicked back and relaxed for a little while, then he had to get ready to head over to PT. Jason wanted to take the prone cart, and that made Dr. Malone happy. She wants to get more air time on his back side, and that doesn't happen in the chair. When we got there they wanted to work on his arms and shoulders, so the prone cart was perfect for the activities. They talked about having another pushup competition just to see if they could get more guys to be involved, so we'll just have to wait to see if it comes to pass.
Not much else going on today, and that was okay. I think Jason is happy with the activity he gets in PT, and not much else is needed. One special item for today was that the model they had talked about getting him, of his H.O., was delivered today. It is an amazing model of just how much and where the H.O. has formed, and it allows for a more clear idea of what was removed. I think it helps Jason (I know it does me) to see just why he feels things differently, in different areas. About the only other thing going on was that I did some laundry tonight. One of those things that's not very exciting, unless it doesn't get done... ;-)
Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Please ask for continued strength for Jason, and wisdom for the doctors.