November 2, 2011

Things are getting better here, and it feels like we are starting to develop a rhythm in our activities. We were able to meet several members of the medical staff, both yesterday and today (beyond those we met when we first arrived), and they seem to be some very bright people. A big difference here is that there are fewer Wounded Warriors for them to have to focus on, and there is a definite effort being put forth, insuring that Jason and his family (me right now) are being taken care of. I will be getting a rental vehicle in the next couple of days, and like in Bethesda, I won't have to deal with any cost associated with it, except for fuel. There are several other support groups here, and some familiar ones, and that makes it a little more comfortable. Also, Jason has told the Marines that Balboa is where he would like to do his rehab, so that means he will be here for probably more than a year. With that, they have already located a home for him and his family to live while he goes through the rehabilitation, AND he can bring his pets.

Jason had several visitors today, with most of them being "new" medical personnel that we are getting to know. There were also some celebrity types that came by and visited with Jason, and the other Wounded Warriors who are here. Chuck Liddell, KJ Noons, and Dominick Cruz from the UFC were here with their manager and a few other folks (I assume they were support). We got them to sign the Red Book and Mr. Liddell's wife (she was here too) offered to take pictures with my camera, so that I could be in the photo. They also had their own photographer with them, and she was taking a bunch of shots too. For a while today, it seemed like there was going to be a steady stream of people coming in to Jason's room, and he wasn't going to get much of a break - it did stop though, after about an hour. One other visitor that Jason had today was Bridgette. Well, she didn't actually come in to his room, she called him and they got to speak. They talked for a while and it sure did make Jason happy, so I can only assume that it made Bridgette happy too.

Jason also had a dressing change, and will be getting changes daily until such time as they are happy that his wounds are free of bacterial influence. I have been in the room these past two days, when the changes have been done. I have been involved with the medical staff and provided some instruction on where they needed to focus and to apply the bandages. So far it has been very good for Jason, and the wounds are continuing to progress. Jason also did a little work with the Physical Therapist, from his bed, where she said she was going to be working on his core and arms right now, and then progress to other areas over the next couple of days and weeks. The biggest thing they want to see is Jason being able to transfer from his bed to the chair, and then back again.

That was the day, and I would guess there are going to be others just like it over these next few days. Thank you, all for all the support and prayers you continue to send. God has a plan for Jason, and we're just going to have to wait to see what it is.


  1. Jason and George,
    So glad to see the move to Balboa is going well.

    So nice to know that you will be staying for your rehab at Balboa and Bridgette, the girls and pets will be coming soon.

    I read the blog everyday. Jason is a true hero...and an inspiration for me during this troubling time for our country.

    An Air Force mom from Pleasanton

  2. Sounds like this is the perfect place to be!
    Psalms 31:5, 7-8 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth (7-8) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
    Prayer Bears
    My email address

  3. Hey! I just got caught up on your blog! It sounds like you're in San Diego where another friend of mine is working with the Wounded Warriors.

    Have you met Ron Newhouse yet??? He's one of the Chaplains there. Wonderful man who personally know the Duffy's (us) from Livermore.

    Anyway, If you see him say "Hi"!

    Glad to hear you're doing all right still. I'm keeping you in my prayers. Keep at it!

    Dianne Duffy from Livermore

  4. God will see you through! So happy you made it to California. You and your family are always in my prayers. Thanks for the blog, George.
    As always,
    Paula Gentile, Friend of Carol and Tom Hall from way back in Pasadena, Maryland

  5. The medical personnel,support from others and visitors, and last, but not least the Marines taking care of finding the family a home is awesome!!!!!

    God will carry all of you through the journey.

    Denise Edwards

  6. Good Morning Jason & George from all of here at DLC! Just wanted to celebrate with you about the housing situation- it's WONDERFUL the Marine have found Jason & the Family
    (INCLUDING the pets!!!) a home! The Students were VERY excited about your visitors yesterday! We are THRILLED that things are going so well for you guys!
    Bless you as you continue to make gains and remember, we're shouldering up with you every step of the way on this journey!
    Your Friends at Diamond Learning Center
    Fresno, California

  7. Hi -- so glad you're both settling in. Do you have an address so I can continue to send cards? Your families are in my prayers.


  8. Glad you all made it to Balboa and are settling in. I am sure San Diego will turn out to be a great place for your son's rehab - close to the heart of the Marine Corps! We sent him some of our coffee (Lock-n-Load Java) a couple of weeks ago and it was delivered to Bethesda right before you left. Not sure if it made it to your room there before you left or not so I wanted to check to see if SGT Ross got it. If not, we will wait until you post the new address and send some. Wishing him continued success in his recovery. Carl Churchill LTC(R) - President Lock-n-Load Java.


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