November 12, 2011

Today was an interesting day for Jason. I began the day with fixing him breakfast. I made huevos con papas y chorizo - That's chorizo and eggs, with potatoes. There were also refried bean and tortillas to make it complete. Linda and I went over to see him with the food and we all had breakfast together (I think I ate too much, but it was good). After we sat and talked about what he wanted to do, since it is Saturday and on top of that a holiday weekend. Jason said he would like to get out in his chair and just cruise around the hospital a bit. Then we all sat back and relaxed a little.

Well, actually Mom fell asleep... Jason said he was ready to get going so I helped him get dressed, and then I had this clever little idea, that right after Jason got into his chair, he would go over to Mom and wake her up. I thought it would be a nice way for her to be woken up for a change and a nice little surprise. Okay, best laid plans - Jason got himself in to the chair, all by himself, and then just as we were getting ready to spring the surprise, the PT folks knocked on the door. Apparently there is a small PT crew on this weekend and they planned to work with Jason, they just forgot to tell us about it. Anyway, the knock on the door work up Linda and the surprise was blown. That's okay, she was still happy to see him in his chair, and Jason now had something to do. He went over to the gym and did some cardio and arm strengthening exercises and that was about it. After the gym time was over Jason still wanted to get down to the courtyard and stop at the Red Box to pick up a couple of DVDs (I really don't remember what the titles were, but I do remember they were comedies).

The real big aspect of what Jason did today was that he got into his chair on his own (I had to help him back in to bed because the height of the bed is about 9 inches above his chair), and he did all of the exercises and then down to the Red Box, all without any additional pain meds. He has been getting away from the meds more and more each day, and today was about the best I've seen him do so far.

Not too much else going on today, as there were no visitors, and there were no other activities planned. Linda and I went out to target to pick up a couple of TV trays, just like we had in Bethesda, so we will be able eat a little more comfortably, when we have a meal with him. Not sure what tomorrow is going to bring; we spoke with the PT guys and they said they were not going to be coming tomorrow, so well just take it as it comes. Maybe we'll get another chance to wake up Mom, providing she falls asleep again... ;-)

Thank you, for all your prayers and support - it has been greatly appreciated.


  1. Know that the Lord is always with you, wrapping His loving arms around you and holding on tight!
    Psalms 18:2-6 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
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  2. Jason, incredible progress with you getting into the chair on your own! Sounds like a lot of exercise yesterday.

    Did it rain down there yesterday? The air is so crisp and clear here from the wind and light rain the day before.

    I sure will miss this blog after Geroge comes back to Livermore. I look forward to hearing about your progress and read the blog every day.

    We're continuing to pray for continued healing and for all your family.

    All our best,
    Karen & Rob
    Livermore Friends

  3. Congrats on getting over to your chair on your own Jason! I was just looking at the artist's drawings of you that you have posted on your page. That's a pretty mean looking tattoo on your deltoid! I laughed when the artist said your determination is even meaner! Sounds like it's paying off for you.

  4. Well, it sounds like the best laid plans of mice and men didn't materialize today. Lucky Linda. I know that would have been fun to surprise her, but. . .oh well.

    Glad to hear you are doing so well, Jason. Reducing your dependence on the pain meds is great. I hope you have a really great week. Peace, Bill Buchanan


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