Iwo Gima

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Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011

Today was another positive day for Jason, even if the folks down in the galley can't get is meals right. Jason was feeling pretty good and we got up and out of the room right after breakfast. By 09:15 we were headed over to the C5 gym where Lynn (Occupational Therapist) began working with Jason on his hands and arms. Michelle, Jason's Physical Therapist, came in at about 10:00 and wanted to work with Jason on his transferring skills. While he was in the gym, working with Lynn, I got some pictures, and then when he was working with Michelle there were more pictures taken. The cool thing was that the transferring skills were specifically targeted at making it possible for Jason to go from his chair to my rental car, and then back again.

The first thing that was needed was for me to bring my car up to the front of the hospital, and then Jason was brought down to the car. We soon discovered that the car I have does not accommodate wheelchair transfers very well. I am going to need to go back to the Marines and see if I can get a different vehicle, a van maybe, and then have Jason do the transfer moves. We need to be able to do this, so that when we finally get moved to out-patient status, I will be able to shuttle him to and from the hospital on a daily basis, and there is a vehicle big enough to do it. I'll know tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow. Jason is going to be able to see his "new" home tomorrow. We are all headed over there tomorrow afternoon, and then we'll have lunch. This home will be where he and Bridgette, and the girls live while he is an out-patient, and is being provided by the Marines. We're also going to see about getting Jason over to the store that is ordering him his special bed. This should prove to be another busy day, as they are all starting to turn in to.

One of the big things for today was the dressing change. He is looking better, again, and Jason could be ready to move in to his new house as early as next month - early next month. Obviously there are a couple of things that need to be in place, as well as having all his wounds finally closed up. We are working with the medical staff to get a better handle on the pain management, and that is moving along very well; we are working with the PT folks, as mentioned above, and that is working well; the house looks like it has been selected, as long it is what Jason wants; and, finally, once the house has been selected we need to be sure there is adequate furniture so we can move in. If all those things line up then we will be ready.

There was only one visitor today, State Assemblywoman Toni Atkins came by, with a couple of her team. She was very pleasant, and was there in a non-official capacity. She wasn't looking for a photo opportunity, or campaigning or anything. She was simply here as a private citizen, wanting to stop in and see the Wounded Warriors. We did get some pictures though, and we had her sign the Red Book. Jason made it a point to show her the President's signature and she commented that she has not been able to get an opportunity to meet him yet. Jason told her that that was his second time meeting the president.

There were a couple of other minor medical issues taken care of, and other than that the day was just a good day. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support.

4 comments:

  1. Stopping by to let you know that you're always in my thoughts and prayers! Sounds like a very full day!
    Psalms 91:1-2, 4 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
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  2. Gosh....today's post was so upbeat!!!I am so happy that Jason, Bridgette and the girls will be getting a new home!! I am hoping your family has a truly great holiday...Thanksgiving and Xmas.

    SOOO happy that Mom is in San Diego.....have spent so many days thinking of her.....so appreciative of you...for the EVERYDAY blog you post....I read your blog EVERY morning!

    Jason....you are more than an American Hero......You are a "Super Hero".

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  3. It is amazing that 14 days after you arrived in at Balboa tomorrow you will view a new home. A little over month ago it seems it was not even a thought in the near future. A home, not hospital room, family with you, Bridgette and the girls coming, Mom being able to be with her son, so many wonderful things coming in the future.
    God has carried all of you and will continue to do so through the journey.

    It was a priviledge and honor to meet you at Bethesda. I read the blog every day and it always has so much to smile about now.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us and all you have given a great nation.

    Denise Edwards

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  4. I read your blog every day. Things seem to be progressing so fast now! It brings challenges and hard work, for sure, but each day is preparation for better things to come.

    Jason, you have a lot of people rooting for you!

    George...if only everyone had a father like you.

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