November 8, 2011 - Technical difficulties

Apologies to all the folks that read my blog on a regular basis, as last night there were a few technical glitches with my system and network connection. Still running slow, but at least I am now connected again.

Jason's day was a good one. He went down to PT at 10:00 again, and he worked on his balance more. He also worked on his arms and core strengthening, something he is going to need for transfers. In my opinion he is already strong enough to do all the transfers, he just needs to learn HOW to do them, and as soon as those pesky wounds finally heal over, he can start. When he was getting ready to go to the gym, he has to get on to the prone cart, and they do it a little differently here. They like to put him on a sheet and then lift him over to the cart - mostly due to the elevation difference from the bed. To get him on to the sheet he just grabs his trapeze and lifts himself, completely off the bed and they slide the sheet under him. When he does this, the corpsmen are always impressed with how easily he lifts himself, and is able to hold himself up. And, that's why I think he is strong enough to do it now.

Not many visitors today, though he did have one of particular importance. Vice Admiral Jerry Beaman came by. I got a picture and he signed the book, and that was all very normal, and good. The touching part was when the Admiral made a comment about the sacrifice that Jason has made for our country, and then he followed it up with the comment, that he felt he wasn't worthy to be here with Jason. He is obviously a successful military man, who has obtained the rank of three stars, or Vice Admiral. When he said that it seemed to touch Jason just a little more than when others have made comments; as if Jason if finally getting the idea that he is considered special. As far as Jason is concerned, all he did was his job, and he was simply walking back to base.

Not much else going on today, though tomorrow is going to be a little different. At Bethesda, the large PT Gym is called the MATC (I don't remember what the acronym stands for) and here it is C5 (again I need to find out what it means - actually most of the medical staff can't tell me what it is), and Jason is going to be going there today. It will provide a chance for Jason to work on some other areas that he has not worked since coming here, so I'd say he is looking forward to it.

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers and support - and today for your patients with my posting. Take care and stay positive.


  1. Good Morning, Jason, George & Linda! Read the blog this morning & got pretty choked up reading the Vice Admirals' perfectly stated comments.
    Saw this quote and it seemed to fit perfectly: "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
    -Dr. Wayne Dyer.
    Hope you have a great day finding joy and wonder in all the things that surround you. Our Students send their respect, love and healing thoughts your way. Bless you, dear Friends!
    <3 from all of us here at
    Diamond Learning Center

  2. Jason, you are Special!!!!!
    God bless you,
    Paula Gentile, friend of Carol and Tom Hall back in Pasadena, Maryland


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