October 12, 2011

Jason was busy today, though he didn't have any distinguished visitors. We started the day with a small procedure while he was in his room, where the doctors put some extra dressings on some of the exposed areas. Jason wanted to get out in his chair today and because those areas are a bit tender he wanted to get a bit more coverage on them. Actually, when it came to the time to get out on his chair he found out that there were still some issues with him sitting up so he switched over to the prone cart. Funny thing is that I think the prone cart worked better. Jason was able to do several laps of the floor, head down to the 3rd floor to visit with Physical Therapy, and spend some time with another patient to let him know some of the things to expect.

The trip around the floor was pretty normal, except that the wife of the Vice President came to the hospital today, and there were some extra people in the hall way. We did get to see her, though we didn't get a chance to speak with her. I guess since we made it known that Jason wanted to get out early this afternoon he wasn't put on the schedule of patients to visit. That's okay, Jason really needed to get out of his room today, he was getting a bit stir crazy. After making the laps we headed down to Physical Therapy to return a plate to MJ. As it was she was headed over to see another patient, so we delivered the plate but didn't visit with her too long. Karen Noel was there (another therapist) so we visited with her a few minutes longer. The next thing was to go see the other patient who has similar injuries as Jason, as it was requested that Jason talk to him and maybe answer some of his questions. I think it was a good visit and it made him feel better when Jason was explaining things. The funny part was that when we got to his room, it was the same patient that MJ was going to see. Funny how things happen like that sometimes.

Jason was on the prone cart for over three hours, and didn't take any extra pain meds. I was very pleased with this, and felt that he is deciding to cut back on some of the meds so he doesn't have to fight with it later on. The only thing we didn't get done today was an MRI that was requested by the doctors, and when I was getting ready to leave Jason's room we found out they wanted to do the MRI this evening, sometime after 23:00 (11:00PM). I'm not too sure about how happy Jason was with this, but he understands that it needs to be done.

Not much else going on today, Other than a visit from the CWO (Chief Warrant Officer) that Jason worked with when he was in dispersing, over in Okinawa. The visit was very much a surprise, and in a very good way. I think Jason was more impressed that the guy remembered him than anything else. It took Jason a while to recall working for him... kinda funny actually. They visited for about a half an hour and then he left. I took a couple of pictures and had him sign the Red Book, so Jason will be able to find him again, if need be.

Well, thank you all again, for your prayers and for keeping all of us in your thoughts and in your hearts. Things are getting better and we can see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. God Bless...


  1. Thank you, George, for keeping us posted on how our hero Jason is doing. Glad to hear he was able to get out and about today; I'm sure he's had quite a case of "cabin fever" being stuck in the hospital room for an extended period of time. It will be wonderful when he finally graduates to the next step on his journey and gets out of Bethesda. Love, hugs, and prayers continuously headed your way from the Roberts family in Joelton, Tennessee.

  2. Awesome news on the skin grafts and being so long the prone cart with less meds.

    It is always wonderful to experience the comraderie of the visits from other military personnel with which one has served. The visit from the CWO speaks to the impression Jason left with him vs what Jason's thoughts of his interactions at the time. A person never knows the impact they have on other people just being who they are in life.

    Helping the other wounded is great for both. We empathize and imagine what they are going through, but only being with each other is there connection of the experience.

    I expect sometime next week to have a meeting in Fredericksburg which 1/2 way from here to Bethesda. I intend to visit before Jason transfers to Balboa.

    Just a coincidence, my husband graduated by Camp Lejune High School in Jacksonville. His father retired from the marines.

    Thank you again for sharing your lives with us. I hope you continue the blog after Jason is discharged from Bethesda. I know I will wonder how all of you are doing.

    Denise Edwards

  3. Praying hard in Seattle!
    Psalms 46:1-5 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
    Prayer Bears
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