Today was another stellar day for Jason, as we had visitors and more visitors, and we went out and did some sightseeing.
Today is Sunday, so no PT/OT exercises. Jason has spoken to the PT & OT folks and requested a day off, and will no longer have to do any of the therapy work on Sunday. As it turned out, we didn't do any yesterday either, but that was unintentional. I went over to see him early this morning and we watched the National Geographic channel for a little while and talked about what we were watching. We knew Uncle Larry (same Uncle Larry that came out a few months ago to Bethesda) and Aunt Joyce, and cousin Katie were coming a little later this morning. Well, they arrived about 10:15 and came up, and it was a great time for all of us, especially Aunt Joyce. She has been asking about Jason more than just about anyone, so it was good to have her finally get a chance to see and talk with him. She was impressed with how big and strong he has gotten. Uncle Larry was a bit surprised too, since Jason has grown some sine the last time they saw each other.
The room visit only lasted for a short while, as we all decided to take off and go do some touristy things. I have a wheelchair van for the weekend so we don't have to coordinate with transportation, and the medical team encourages Jason to get out. We went down to Old Town and first drove around a little, then we had lunch. After lunch we went for a stroll around Old Town and stopped in a couple of the shops and museums. We were all having a great time, and Katie was the official water girl for Jason, so she stayed right with him at all times... except when she was shopping... ;-) While we were out I received a phone call from the Ferea's, and found that they were at the hospital, wanting to know where Jason was.
The Ferea family and the Ross family have been linked since the late 1980's. Their son Matt and Jason grew up together, and went through Boy Scouts together, and even on to climb Mt. Fuji together (while Boy Scouts). They had come down from the S.F. Bay Area to see Jason, and now that they were in the hospital, they wanted to know where he was. As it turned out, their timing was really pretty good. Jason said he wanted to get back to the hospital, and that he was getting tired, so that's the direction we went.
Once at the hospital, we all got together and went up to Jason's room. He got back in bed, he wanted to get a little more comfortable. Uncle Larry and Aunt Joyce, and Katie all said their good-byes, to let the Ferea's have some time with Jason. Then the Ferea's spent the next couple of hours talking with Jason, and actually Jason did most of the talking. It was very good to see him and Matt together again. Both of them grown men, and dads, talking about how things have changed in their lives. Matt has two boys, and Jason has two girls... hmmm... something to be pondered later down the road. After a couple of hours of talking I could see that Jason was getting tired, so I suggested that it was time to get some rest. Jason gave everybody a good hug (he got lots of hugs today). Then they were off, headed back north. It was good to have them come and visit, and Jason was truly happy they were here. I hope there is another opportunity to do it again, once Bridgette, Stacy and Jackie are here. The group was Ron and Margie, Matt's parents; Megan, Matt's sister (she was actually closer with Sean than Jason, but I think she kind of looked up to Jason as a second big brother); then finally Bernadette and the two boys.
A big thank you, to everyone, for coming to visit today, it was so very much appreciated. Thank you, also to everyone for all the prayers and support we have been, and continue to receive.