December 17, 2011 - Final Weekend

Well, it finally has gotten here - our final weekend in the hospital. We are so-o-o-o looking forward to getting in to the house next week. The medical staff has been very supportive of us moving out, and at the same time we have heard several of them say they are going to miss us. I guess we have been one of the longer stays they have had here, just like in Bethesda. To be honest we're going to miss many of the medical staff as well, though we will be staying in touch with the doctors for sure. The PT and OT teams will be expanding some, and Jason will have all his treatment over at C5 now.

Jason and I went out Christmas shopping early this morning, and he was able to find a couple of nice gifts for his daughters. It was a bit of a collaborative effort, as he wasn't totally sure of what to get, so he and I discussed just about every purchase. The actual selections were all his, and I am sure the girls are going to be very happy to see what they are getting. He was able to be out for a few hours then needed to get back to his room. We were also planning on going out tonight with a group from the hospital, so it was important for him to be rested before then.

We got back to his room and both of us just laid down and slept for a short while. Well, at least mine was short. I had to wake him up in time to be able to go watch the UFC Mixed Martial Arts fights. As it turned out we went in our own vehicle, and that was a good thing. We sat through the first four or five matches and then he was beginning to feel uncomfortable. It was the signal that he needed to get back to his bed. Jason was a bit disappointed that we were not able to stay for the main event, but he also knew that he was coming up against his limit. The tickets were given to the Wounded Warriors and their families, as a gift from the UFC organizers as they know the Marines enjoy watching the competition, and Jason is no different. Once we got back to the hospital and back in bed he felt better though he still needed some extra pain medication. He and I talked a little about how the pain was affecting him and we agreed to talk with the doctors on Monday, to see what could be done to help alleviate it.

Tomorrow we might get out to do a little more Christmas shopping, or we might just go for a drive do Balboa Park. Then again, Jason might decide he just wants to stay and rest because next week is going to be a busy one, for sure. Thank you, for all your support and continued prayers.


  1. This is so exciting! One chapter is closing, another chapter starting!
    Praying as always!
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  2. Congratulations Jason! You have come a very long way. I admire you so very much. Congratulations Dr. Malone and all of her able doctors and nurses back in Bethesda for helping Jason get to this point. Congratulations to all of the able folks on "the bird" who responded so quickly and to all of the folks along the way in Afghanistan and Germany who helped. Thank you Lynn in OT in Balboa, I wish I could have met you while we were done there visiting. Congratulations to George, the most positive, loving, tenacious, father I have ever met. Linda, the ever praying and loving mother, I am so happy for all of you today as you all go into the last few days with Jason as an "in patient". To all the prayer warriors who never stopped praying for Jason and his family and to his brothers who love him so much, as well as his wife and darling daughters. Love never melts. Congratulations to all of you, look what a team you are!!

    Praying for continued healing,
    Karen & Rob
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