December 22, 2011 - Getting Back Together

Today was a good day for Jason, as we were able to effectively get up when we wanted to (though I still had to give him 06:00 meds this morning); and, we were in no hurry to get breakfast. We had Kix cereal and some fruit (apples), and it was one of the best breakfasts we have had in a long time. After that, we spent some time putting a few things away, as we knew that Bridgette was soon to be here, or at least we were expecting her to arrive sometime today.

After we were done eating breakfast we figured it was time to get over to PT (or maybe OT) and begin some of Jason's out patient care and rehab. Actually nothing had been scheduled or planned, but we figured we go anyway - just in case. We got there and saw Dr. Pyu, and also found out that there really wasn't anything planned today, for Jason. Dr. Pyu was actually pretty happy that we were there, as he wanted to get Jason over to the prosthetic guys, so they could begin working on a prosthetic for Jason. We went over and spoke with them, and they gave some basic instruction to Jason, and set up an appointment for next month, and otherwise it was just nice meeting them. Once that was done we headed back home. I commented to Jason how odd it felt that we didn't have several things to do. While an in patient Jason was kept VERY busy most days, and now it was almost like everything slowed to a crawl. Maybe its just the holidays.

I got a call from Joyce (not my sister-in-law), and she and her husband were wanting to come by and put up a Christmas tree, and some decorations for the house. I let her know that we needed to be over at the hospital at 13:00 (1:00pm) for an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner, and she said she could be over well before that. Anyway, decorations were well on their way when Jason and I left to go, and left the two of them in the house. We were totally comfortable with them in the house, since they brought a bunch of the stuff that is now in the house, and we've gotten to know Joyce over these past several weeks.

Back at the hospital again, we talked with the Nurse Practitioner and she said she was going to be setting up several appointments for Jason, and then wanted to see Jason's wounds. It was a little early for a dressing change, but what the heck, she was the medical professional and she wanted to guide us properly. As it turned out I did the dressing removal and had to help them get the correct materials when it came time to re-apply. I did most of that work too, and I think Jason was probably more comfortable with me doing it anyway, since I'm familiar with what needs to be done. The nurse was very grateful for my assistance, and for procuring the supplies. They typically don't carry them, and again, Jason is different from what they are used to working with. Not concerned though, as it has been the same at just about every turn.

The visit at the hospital took a little longer than we expected, so we wanted to get back to the house as soon as we could. Bridgette was supposed to be coming soon, and the house wasn't even close to what we had hoped. Just as we were done putting things away, and I had just gone up stairs, Bridgette showed up with her U-haul trailer and her dad. They had driven across from North Carolina, and both of them were quite tired. The house looked pretty good, and now that there was a tree with all the decorations and the rest of the house, it was a good positive start to the rest of their lives together.

We went out to dinner, and enjoyed a relaxing meal. Bridgette's dad is staying at the Holiday Inn Express, since were out of places to sleep at this house (maybe that's why Jason wanted four bedrooms). We came back from dinner and I got all of Jason's meds ready for him, and even his 06:00 for tomorrow morning. Bridgette said she would be getting up to make sure he took them, so I just might be able to sleep in for a change... naw... I'll be up around 6, like I always am. Then I'll be headed over to the airport a little later in the morning to pick up Linda and the girls (Stacy and Jackie) as they are flying in tomorrow morning. The family will be back together again, and with God's help they will be able to get back to as close to a normal life as they can.

Thank you, all for all your continued support and prayers.


  1. Have a good holiday Jason & Bridgette. You certainly deserve to take a deep breath and exhale all the stress and inhale all the good, positive, energy and love that certainly is directed your way by more good people than you even can imagine.

    I so enjoyed meeting your adorable daughters. Have a great and Merry Christmas. George and Linda, have a wonderful holiday with your miraculous son and the rest of your family. We're all thinking of all of you.

    All our best,
    Karen & Rob
    Livermore Friends
    PS. Going to Church on Christmas Eve to your church :)

  2. P.S. Thank you so much Joyce and husband for putting up Christmas decorations and a tree for the Ross Family!!!!

  3. As we approach Christmas may your thoughts turn toward why this Babe was born! Praying!
    John 3:14-17 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    Prayer Bears
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  4. Nothing like going home....Your story and long recovery has been a daily message that you don't stop fighting until you shake the hand of your maker.Amen.Don't stop the blog, at least make a weekly update or something like that.For me, I can always ask Aunt Joyce how Jason is doing.My Christmas wish has already come try but I do have another, and that is I wish all the losers in the world would read this story and pick themselves up and stop feeling sorry for themselves and start living. Jason is an example of someone who had all the odds against him, yet he pulled on and on and on. Well, have a Merry Christmas and Jason your job is not over, it as has just begun.The future is yours and I know you will touch people all over the world who are willing to receive your desire to live and awareness that life is a challenge, a game worth playing and is meant to charish. Semper Fi my Honorable Marine
    Love always, Debra

  5. Looking forward to you all being together and maybe just relaxing a little bit...hugs and best wishes ...would love to see pictures when you have time.
    xoxo C


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