Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21, 2100

Today was a pretty good day for Jason, as he started the day out with his breakfast, and then took a shower. It was the second shower he has taken, and despite our best efforts, it went more smoothly than we could have expected. There was a great deal of confusion as to what the schedule was going to be, since there were a number of things that needed to be done. 1-Shower, 2-Work with OT, 3-Work with PT, 4-Coordinate other activity with the medical staff. Well, the PT person called in sick so that goofed up the plans a bit, and then OT had to go work with another patient, so then she was going to have to come back. Actually her coming back was going to be better, as it gave Jason a little time to get ready.

The shower must have been wonderful for Jason because once he got in to the shower he sure didn't hurry to get back out. Once he did finish and then get dried off he had to have a new set of dressing put on his wounds. I took a good look at them and they are all starting to look pretty good. This made me feel very good. They even started to talk about getting the PT folks to begin working on his customized seat. They really can't do that until all the wounds have healed completely, and this is the closest we have been. Once that happens it opens a door to so many new areas, and Jason can begin to work in a much more aggressive manner towards his rehab. So stay tuned for the continuing excitement here.

We also had the housing people come by (they actually do other things, but because they control the housing for Jason, that's how I refer to them) to let us know that we can begin looking for other possible homes for him to move into with his family. They let us know that they are also going to be doing some work on another house to see if that will fit the bill for Jason, so things are beginning to look good there as well. We hope to have a house identified for Jason, Bridgette and the girls within the next couple of weeks.

Jason had a visitor today, Mark, who came in with prosthetic legs, and there was some mud on them. They also looked different from any that I had see previously. I asked him if he had been "off road" and he said he had. He had been hiking up some of the trails, and the legs he was using were designed specifically for this function. He also had two hiking polls, just like the type anybody else would use, and he used them to help keep his balance. It was pretty exciting to see him and get a chance to talk with him about this activity. I could tell Jason was interested in what he was saying, and that he might want to possibly do that in the future sometime.

Not much else going on today, other than the usual hospital operational stuff, and it looked like Jason was pleased with the day, when we left him tonight. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support.

3 comments:

  1. So much good news today! But I think the best was Mark's visit. It gives Jason hope! You can do pretty much anything if you have hope!
    Know that I'm continuing to pray!
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  2. We lost a local Marine in Afghanistan from Danville, Ca. It was in the news tonight, the leader of a mine sweep, 19 years old. When I heard that I couldn't help but say a prayer for his family and town, followed by a prayer of gratitude for Jason and his family. There is so much HOPE and good news for Jason. He has been granted a second chance, what a MIRACLE he is. Happy Thanksgiving Ross Family!!

    Karen & Rob
    Livermore Friends

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  3. Thankful for everyone who serves and allows us to have the freedoms we have here. Thankful for medical miracles that give so many a second chance. Such reverence for those who have served and sacrificed their lives- Thanksgiving has a entirely new meaning for ALL of us here at DLC-
    Big Hugs and continued prayers for all who serve and have served...

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