Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July 31, 2011 - I'm Baaaaack

Jason had a good day today, and he got out on his cart this morning, just like he wanted to. He cruised the hall ways, moving along at a pretty good speed. Because of the recent visit to the O.R. he was not able to get out in his chair this weekend, so it will be one of the activities he is looking to accomplish early this week, starting with Monday. Of course there is also a problem with his existing chair, it is too small for him and they will be getting another one, either Monday or Tuesday. Once his "new" chair comes in he will be more comfortable as well as be able to move around a bit more easily.

As for visitors today, MGSgt Todd came by for a short visit with Jason, and that is always a good thing. He also had a visit from Lt. Col. Tarter a short while later, and that too was a welcomed visit, since they are both from EOD, and Jason feels best talking with them, since they do seem to speak the same language. Another visitor Jason has was from the current Miss America, and she took the time to speak with Jason and then take some pictures with him. She didn't stay too long, and that was okay with Jason, as he was getting a little tired. The last visitor he had was from Corporal Bowman, one of the other Marines from the MEU. She came by later in the day and she has been by a couple of times in the past, and Jason always enjoys talking with her.

Tomorrow morning Jason will be headed to the PACU for a short visit (we hope), where they will be checking the dressings. There may be other visits, so they can be sure to monitor his healing progress better. The work that was performed at the last visit to the O.R., on Friday, is something they don't want to have to do again, so it is important that they do monitor. I'm guessing that he will be going in to the PACU about every three days, and they will be quick visits. Much better than that daily stuff he was doing.

Thank you, all for your continued support and prayers. It looks like we are going to be here for a little bit longer, though the end does seem like it is in sight.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 30, 2011 - A day of rest

Folks, sorry for the short post today, but I'm just a bit tired and with that I'll simply say that Jason is doing well, and I'll provide more information tomorrow. He didn't do too much in the way of activities to day, and has said he wants to get out on his cart tomorrow, so I'll write about that.

Take care, and thank you, for your continued support and all your prayers.

Friday, July 29, 2011

July 29, 2011 - Another Milestone Reached

Jason went down to the O.R. today, and as a result he crossed a major milestone. He received a specialized treatment, that is intended to promote natural skin growth over his wounds. The doctor who did the procedure is considered one of the premier experts with this, so we are all very hopeful for the out come. The original plan, as explained to us last week, was to do this and then allow him two weeks "rest." The plan now is to monitor more closely with check ups every 2 or 3 days, depending on a few outward signs they also monitor. A check every couple of days is a lot better than daily trips to the PACU, so we're pretty happy with it - as is Jason. For the next two days he will be limited to what he can do, and that is rolls in his bed and getting out on his cart. He won't be able to get in his chair until Monday or Tuesday at the soonest. That's OK though, as he will still be able to do other things for his PT.

Jason went down at about 06:00 this morning and didn't get back to his room until just a little after 15:00 (3pm), so he was gone for over 8 hours. Linda and I were in his room doing a little tidying up and just doing our best to make the time go by. Jason came in to the room and looked like he was uncomfortable and we found out later why. Apparently with the procedure one of the final steps is to suture on a protective membrane over the wound so that the treatment stays in place. Jason said he felt like he was being poked by about 100 needles and the doctor said he was just about right, and there really wasn't much else they could do, except to give him some pain meds and tomorrow it would be more comfortable. By the time Linda and I left this evening he was already feeling better, so by tomorrow I am sure it won't be anywhere near as much discomfort as it was when he first came back.

He really didn't have any outside visitors today, though it must be getting real close to the merge with Walter Reed because a few of the doctors and nurses he has been working with are transferring to other duty locations. This is to make room for the Walter Reed folks who will be coming to National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) over the next few weeks. We're looking forward to the merger, as we've heard some good things, though it was sad to see some of the familiar faces depart. I guess that is just one of the aspects of progress. Of course, eventually Jason will be leaving too, so all things work out in the end.

Thank you, to all for the continued support and prayers, we really do appreciate it.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011 -

Jason began the day, as he has often done, with an early visit to the PACU, and was on his way down before 07:00 this morning. The big difference with this one is that it might be his last visit down to the PACU for several days. Tomorrow he goes to the O.R. where they are going to do a treatment of his wounds and then he won't have to have any other actions for two weeks, while this part heals. We are all excited about what this means, and look forward to the next phase of his healing to take place. Once he was back from the PACU the folks in audiology let us know that they wanted to do a hearing test on him, and it had to be done with his bed turned off. It also had to be done close to his room, where there was still some access to the meds he needs, just in case.

The hearing test went well and they found that he had only a slight, high level hearing loss, that most of us have anyway. In other words, his hearing is fine. What we had to do for the testing was get him out of his bed, and into his chair; and, since he was in the chair he decided to head down to the Main Street area of the hospital, where all the shops where, and where Mom could buy him a doughnut. As we were getting ready to leave we found out that the Governor of Wisconsin wanted to stop by and just say, "Hello" to Jason (as well as other warriors). Jason was OK with this and because he was already in his chair the two actually met at the door way of the room. We got some pictures and had him sign the Red Book, and then he gave Jason a small commemorative coin (a very nice coin too). Once the visit was over we all went down to the Main Street area where we stayed for a short while and Jason was able to eat a doughnut and just people watch for a little while.

We had other visitors today as well. A good friend of ours from Livermore, Carol E. came out to visit her daughter Shauna, and her friend Sarah. All three of them came by and visited with Jason for a big chunk of the afternoon. Actually, I had a task I needed to take care of so I wasn't even in the room when they all arrived. I did, however, show up about 10 minutes later. Jason was very happy to see them and he was smiling and joking with them, like he used to do when he and Shauna were kids. They knew each other from about age 8 or 9 years, and they have always been close friends.

As I said earlier, Jason has to go to the O.R. tomorrow for a special treatment, so I am asking again for your continued prayers, keeping the doctors and staff in mind, as well as all of us and Jason's family. Thank you, all for continuing to stay with the blog and keeping us in your hearts and prayers.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011 - Let's tour the hospital a bit

Jason had another quick visit with the PACU, and the doctor said he is looking better all the time. He is also feeling better, more and more each day and today he not only wanted to get out in his chair, he also wanted to go get a hair cut. He really wasn't getting too shaggy, but from a Marine's perspective his hair was too long and he felt he needed to get it back to regulation. Besides, it gave him somewhere new to go and he wanted to get a little more exercise. We got down to the barber and went right in and were next in line. You might think that it was because of his "patient" status, or because of his injuries, but I can honestly tell you right now, it was because there were no other folks waiting, so he was simply next. On top of the haircut he also received a nice shave and the barber even trimmed up his mustache. I did take some pictures and I need to ask Jason if he would like to have them posted, so you won't see them just yet.

After the haircut we went back to his room and he figures that he has found his limit on how long he can be out in his chair. He said his pain meds were starting to wear off so I pushed him back to his room, just because it was faster, and we wanted to get him back on the meds as soon as possible. He also was told that the audiology team was coming to test his hearing again, and he wanted to be sure he was there when they came. When we got back to his room we found out that the appointment had been moved to tomorrow. That's okay though, as it gave him a chance to relax a little - like that's going to happen. There were a bunch of visitors, with a group of them coming in from Camp Lejeune, some from his battalion and some from other places. He was feeling pretty good, even with the pain level going up. Once they gave him the needed pain meds he was back to normal, and feeling pretty good. Though he did tend to go to sleep in the middle of conversation

Linda and I went to see the Walter Reed closing party/celebration, in the afternoon. They had a rock group there that some of you might remember, The Doobie Brothers, and they played some of their old music and some new stuff. We had a great time, and then headed back to NNMC, where Linda wanted to go do some laundry and I went to go say, "Good Night" to Jason. I did stay for a short visit, just to see how he was doing and to find out if there was anything he needed me to take care of. Fortunately he was feeling good and he didn't need me to do anything, at least not right now. After the nurse came in and gave him his last meds for the evening, I said my good night and headed back to help Linda with the remaining laundry. There wasn't much to do, other than wait for the dryer, so we did.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, 2011 - Another visit from the Commandant

Jason went down to the PACU today, and he left about 08:15 this morning. Now that in itself isn't remarkable, however there were a couple factors with it that make it notable. First of these was that we ALL got up early (Mom, Dad, and God Parents)and went over to see him before he went. We arrived about 06:45, so that he could say, "good-bye" to his Nino and Nina, as they had to catch a plane around 14:00 (2pm) which meant that we needed to leave for the air port at about noon. Like I said, he went down around 08:15, and this is the second notable factor, he was back in his room before 11:00. I think that was the shortest visit to the PACU that he has had, and it allowed him time to visit with his Nino and Nina again (and say, "good-bye" again). There was no new development with his treatment and he is still progressing at a consistent pace, and he came back feeling pretty good, so all-in-all it was one of the better trips to the PACU.

It was great having his God Parents here for a few days, as they helped brighten up his days a bit, and it was good for Linda and I too, to be able to talk with some friends from home again. Another visitor Jason had was from the office of the Marine Commandant, and it was the Commandant himself, General Amos. Actually, what happened was that Jason wanted to get out on his table and get some exercise so while he was making his laps around the floor he stopped on the fourth lap to rest when the General came over and knelt down to talk with Jason. It was really pretty cool because Jason didn't know he was there until he was already down to Jason's level and starting to make eye contact with him. Jason told me later that it was a bit surprising to suddenly see a four star general in front of him, kneeling down to talk with him. We just thought it was great... and yes we got a picture that I will be getting on the blog, but it will probably be tomorrow before I can get to it. He also had visits from MGynSgt Todd and First Sgt Barret so he was getting visits from a number of Marines.

Another visitor that came by was the wife of the congressman from Florida, Beverly Young. From what I understand, she comes to the hospital frequently and visits with the Wounded Warriors, doing what she can to brighten their days. She came in while I was coming back from the airport, and I only got to briefly speak with her and shake hands, and I think it was a nice thing she was doing. Otherwise it was a relaxing day for Jason, and we got to watch a couple of movies with him tonight. Well, he actually fell asleep on the second movie, so he didn't see how it ended, so I don't know if he might attempt to watch it again later.

Thank you, all for your continued support and prayers. We feel the level of love coming our way, and believe it is helping to make Jason's healing process just a little more tolerable.

Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

Jason had another good day with the PACU, though he came back with some minor issues like a pulled muscle in his back. He was given a muscle relaxer and shortly felt better, and then spent the next few hours visiting with the people who came to see him. There was a Warrant Officer, Team Extreme, and of course his God Parents. The Warrant Officer (I apologize that I don't remember his name) talked with Jason for about 15 minutes and Jason enjoyed him being there, however Jason didn't know who he was actually and it may have been a case of the W.O. coming into Jason's room, thinking he was attached to a different part of the Marines. Like I said, it was a relatively short visit yet enjoyable. The Team EXTREME folks came in and talked with Jason about getting one of those hand crank bicycles and Jason was pretty excited about it. What they told him was, there were going to be some of those bikes in the race, and once the race was over one of them was to be given to Jason, for his own personal use. There is even an outside chance that Jason will be there and get a chance to ride it, but that is an outside chance. They talked about other things and Jason got to meet a few more of the team members, and we have more people who can provide some support for Jason as he moves along. Team EXTREME stayed for about 20 minutes and then left. Jason was in need of some rest at that point so it was good timing.

Jason's God Parents were able to spend most of the day with him, and got to see a little more about what his routine is. Having them here has been a very good positive support help for him, and for Linda and I as well. We were able to talk about some of the "old" days and about things Jason did growing up; all if it was a good walk down memory lane for all of us. Tomorrow they will be heading back home so they want to spend as much time as they can with him. I'll see if I can get everyone over there before he goes down to the PACU.

Not much else to write about today - Thank you, all for your continued support and prayers. Jason is getting better every day and we still have a ways to go.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 24, 2011 - Cat Scratch Fever...

Another good day for Jason, as he got out on his cart today and made multiple laps around the floor. It was a good work out and it made him (and everyone else) feel pretty good. I think MGnySgt Tod being there to help made him a bit more motivated to push just a little, and the accomplishment left Jason feeling pretty good about himself. Okay, so you're wondering about the title - Cat Scratch Fever - well for all you Ted Nuggent fans out there, he was here today and visiting with the Wounded Warriors. Now Jason did not get a chance to see him, as he was out on the cart, but we did hear about him being there, and I thought, "cool." Maybe next time we will be able to see who the celebrity is, though in all honesty, at the time, Jason was happier doing his cart than visiting with folks. He is determined to build his strength up and it is amazing how much faster he is starting to do just that.

The visit to the PACU was another trip down and back, and simply a chance to have the bandages changed. There isn't much to report about, and that is a good thing. He continues to progress and the wounds continue to get better. We are all anxious to see what happens when he goes back in to the O.R., but that hasn't been set yet, and we know it won't happen before Tuesday.

Now I know most of you know that Jason enjoys a variety of foods, and it could be argued that Mexican food is a strong contender for first place when talking about his favorites (with Chinese and Italian a close 2nd and 3rd). Today, though he got a real treat with his God-parents being here, his God-mother surprised him with fresh chicken enchiladas and her Spanish rice. It took her a few hours to prepare, and we were fortunate to have a kitchen available in order to do the cooking. We all went over to see Jason this evening and surprised him with the meal... He was very happy! On top of that, a short while before we brought the food, he received a call from Bridgette. The call wasn't all good, as both she and Jackie have come down with some sort of stomach flu, or something. They are getting some rest right now, and we hope the "bug" doesn't hang around too long.

Thank you all for all your continued prayers and support. Please keep Bridgette and the girls in your hearts and focus on them getting better.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 23, 2011 - A day to visit

Jason has a good day in the PACU; a good day on the 5th floor; and a good day scooting around in his wheel chair. Yep, he got out in his wheelchair today, and it was the first time for the manual chair. The power chair he had prior was sent back and the manual one was decided upon to help him with his building his strength. He has wanted to get out in his chair for the past few days, and has been interrupted with each attempt. Today was different because I asked, "Do you want to go?" He said, "Yes!" and so we went. Of course we had to get some help with the transfer from his bed to the chair, but that didn't take too long.

Once he was in the chair he started to move about the floor, and wanted to head down to the PT office. He said he knew it was Saturday, and they usually aren't there on Saturday, but he wanted to go down and see anyway. After we got there he said he wanted to head down to the CCU (ICU) to go and visit with the folks there. He was feeling pretty good that his God-Parents were there and I think he wanted to show them a little more of the hospital. We pretty much let him lead the way and we all followed. Once we got to the CCU we found that there were only a few folks there that Jason knew, and that knew Jason. We did a relatively quick tour of the floor and then decided to head back. Now you have to understand, the total distance that Jason has gone now is probably well over a 1/4 mile and he is getting a little tired. Because of this I pushed him the rest of the way back to his room.

We got him back in his bed and then he really surprised me with the fact that he can now move about in the bed (using the trapeze) much more than he has in the past. It may seem silly, but I was surprised and happy. It was a real tangible sign that he is getting stronger, and has much less pain than he had just a short time ago. After he was back in his room he had a visit from a youth musical group ("Southern Comfort" pictures to be put up) that played blue grass, and Jason enjoyed it. They said they would be coming back and hoped to see Jason again, we hope we're gone before they come back. Then after that Dave the Cookie guy came by, and yes, he had some cookies. By the time the visitors were gone, and Jason was done with all his travel he was ready for sleep, and that he did.

Thank you, again for all the prayers and support.

Friday, July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

Today was another good day for Jason, and not just because things went well in the PACU. His God-parents were able to make it out and Jason was very pleased to see them. They flew in from California and will be able to stay for a few days, and most importantly they will be providing some support for Jason. Jason had asked to bring them out at the end of last week, so to have them get here in just a week is really good, considering that both of them work and had to make arrangements in a relatively short period of time. They have been a part of the family since before Jason was born, and all our boys and their kids effectively grew up together. Anyway, Jason was very happy to see them, and will enjoy them being here, as will we.

Jason went down to the gym (the PT room where the patients get to do more activities) for the first time. He'd been there before to visit with the folks, but this time he was going for business. He was not only working with the PT folks he was also working with other Wounded Warriors, guys who have similar injuries as Jason, though not as far along in their healing. It was good to see Jason providing encouragement to other Marines. He told me that he was working out with the different weights, doing different exercises. It wore him out pretty good while making him feel even better. He will be doing this more frequently now, and just a little more aggressively, as they want to build his strength - almost as much as he wants to.

Not much else going on today, though I think all that happened was pretty significant. I'm actually tired and with that I'll sign off with my usual... Thank you, for all your support and prayers. Jason is getting stronger and he has only just begun... ;-)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21, 2011

Jason went down to the PACU for his dressing change and was back in less than four hours... actually it was closer to three hours. All indications are that his wounds are healing up well, though slowly, and that the bacteria that is giving them the trouble is coming under control. It looks like the treatment they want to use to help with the final closing steps is going to be taking place next week, I think it will probably be Monday at the soonest.

We were sitting in his room talking and Jason was feeling pretty good when he said he wanted to get out on his cart. I said I would go out and talk to the nurses and PT folks and see if we could make it happen, sooner rather than later. Well, before I even left the room, M.J. (from PT) came in and said she wanted to get Jason out on the cart, and would be coming back in about half an hour to do so. Everything was a go, and Jason was all up for it. Then, just as we were starting to get ready for cart the nurse comes in and said the I.R. wanted to get Jason down for a new "Pick-Line" and they wanted to get him down now. We were all surprised by this and Jason was gone from his room when M.J. came in just a few moments later. You could see she was a little disappointed in not getting Jason out today, then said these things sometimes happen and we'll just do it tomorrow. Otherwise a pretty quiet day and not much else going on. We just need to continue to take one day at a time.

Thank you, all for your continued support and for all the prayers - This marathon is not over yet, even though we have come so very far... hang in there.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011 - Weather doesn't always cooperate

Jason had a pretty good day today, as he started early with a visit to the PACU for his dressing change, and he was back to his room by 10:40am. He was happy that they were able to place him in his new bed, just about the way he likes it, and he wasn't feeling much pain. On top of that he had a couple things to munch on, and he knew he was going to be going to the Bar-B-Que across the street soon. The BBQ is put on once a month by the retired Marines-Helping-Marines organization, and this was the first one he was going to be able to attend. He was so looking forward to the promised steak. The only challenge we were going to face was the weather. It was HOT today, and going to be hotter tomorrow. By noon we had him in his chair and wearing the first pull-over t-shirt he has worn since being here. All others had some Velcro, so he wouldn't have to pull it over, and could just wrap it around his arms and torso. Anyway, the nurse gave him a shot of his pain meds prior to leaving his room and we headed over to the BBQ.

Like I said, it was hot, in the mid 90's with humidity up around 85%, and the heat index being just over 100 degrees. Even trying to keep him in the shade as much as possible the heat did get to him, and shortly after arriving at the BBQ he said he needed to go back. By the time we had him back to the hospital he was hurting with the only immediate relief being the fact that he was now in an air conditioned building and relatively close to his own room. We got him upstairs and back into his bed as quickly as we could and within a matter of just a few minutes his pain level was beginning to go back down to a manageable level and by the time the nurse was back to give him another shot of pain meds he was feeling good enough that he didn't want it. AND at about the same time the nurse was coming in one of the "cooks" from the BBQ came in with a freshly cooked steak.

Actually, we had a couple of good meals from the BBQ, though I didn't get a steak, I was happy with a hamburger. We also had salad and backed beans, fruit, drinks and chips... and cookies. Within just a few minutes Jason was feeling much better, and he and I sat back and ate our lunches in his room. Actually, it was probably better than out on the patio across the street - I know it was much cooler. All of the activity did take its toll on Jason, as he quickly went to sleep after eating, and slept pretty good. I did get some pictures in and will be posting them and others a bit later this week. I know some of you have been asking for more pictures, and I have been remiss in getting them out, but fear not, I did take pictures.

Thank you, all for your continued prayers and support. I know I say that with each entry, and please understand that I really mean it. I think that the power of prayer and positive thinking is playing a big part in Jason's recovery, so again I say, Thank you.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011 - Kind of a drag...

Today, Jason went in to the O.R. with the expectation that it was the last procedure he was going to have to deal with, for at least a little while. As it turned out he was not able to receive the treatment and in fact there was some signs that they might have to give him another antibiotic medication, and what it turned into was a very thorough cleaning. It was decided that because of his healing challenges he needed to go to a different bed (one that promoted healing of his type wounds), and so they gave him a new bed, prior to being brought back to his room. It was a very nice bed and about as high tech as you might want to see in a bed, with just one challenge to it. Jason was unable to sit up in it, and therefore, unable to eat. There were multiple attempts to get the new bed to work and all this did was irritate Jason more, and cause him to have some frustration. Still he was willing to work with the team, and it ultimately show that he (Jason) was right, and he needed a different bed, or his old bed. After several hours a new bed did show up, and Jason was able to finally sit up in this new bed and feel much more comfortable, as well as being able to eat. Once everything was set I made the run to... Taco Bell and got him a couple burritos. Life was good again and he was much happier.

There were a few visitors today, including his Battalion Commander and Sargent Major from Jason's EOD battalion, down at Camp Lejeune, three Army EOD guys with one of them being one of Jason's EOD School instructors, friends Tom and Carol, and a couple gentlemen from the VFW. They all came in and Jason appreciated it, despite the fact that he was only able to lay flat on the new bed (I think that add the most to his frustration). He showed his usual friendly side and joked around a bit, and made the visits as positive as possible. He is still showing the inner strength he has, and I really think that everyone who comes to visit him, sees it. Towards the end of the day, while we were eating TB, we all sat and watched Rango, the relatively new animation movie. He enjoyed it and even laughed a few times. Then we said our good nights, and Mom and Dad came back to the lodge, to go to sleep and update the blog - not necessarily in that order.

Thank you, again for all your support and prayers - we continue to appreciate all of them.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011 - An Exciting Day

Jason had a pretty busy day today, and he didn't even go down to the PACU. He had a conversation with Team EXTREME and discussed the coming events, Jason called them. He hopes to be able to go to the Marine Marathon, though we will have to wait to see if that comes to pass for him. Then later a couple of the rehab doctors, from Walter Reed, came by just to introduce themselves to Jason. They said they would be coming to visit with him these next few weeks, and doing some beginning work with his rehab. We talked about what Jason would be able to do with the different prosthetic devices he will be able to get, and one of them is to be able to go swimming again. Not only swimming, but also do some free diving - out in the ocean again! This is probably one of the most exciting things that Jason has heard in the past four+ months. I know we have discussed it in the past, but this time it was with the doctors, and that made it much more real.

There was also some work done in his room, a procedure if you will, to help him with some of the lines that are hooked up to him. Unfortunately the procedure did not go well, and they had to postpone what they wanted to do. It was very uncomfortable for Jason, and it was decided that it would be better to do it done in the PACU, where they could provide better control and he would be more comfortable all around. The down side was that it took a lot out of him, and when they were done, he was very tired and went to sleep. Prior to this procedure there was a visit from a Marines Helping Marines representative. He brought in some gift cards for Jason, that came from the VFW, and other Veterans groups, and Jason was very appreciative of it. The funny part about the visit was that the gentleman who was bringing the cards was named George, and he had a son named George III, Jason, and Sean (no David)... AND his wife was named Lynn (pretty close to Linda). Both George and I were veterans of Viet Nam and came back with no wounds, so it all felt kind of funny, and almost like he was a long lost relative or something (he wasn't).

Not much more to write about tonight, so I'll sign off for now. Take care and stay positive - and Thank you, all for your continued support and prayers.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17, 2011

Today I went over to the hospital a little earlier than I typically do, so that I could talk with Jason, prior to him going down to the PACU. I arrived about 06:50 and found that he had already been taken down for the dressing change. I thought, "WOW! That was early, and that means he should be coming back early." Silly me, he still didn't get back to his room until about 10:30. As a result of his arrival time he did miss breakfast, yet only had to wait a little more than a hour to get his lunch, so it wasn't too bad. Besides, he still had a bunch of other snacks he could munch on in the mean time.

Jason's pain level seemed to be well under control and the gas issues seem to have passed (yeah, that was a pun)... and the rest of the day was just talking about little things and relaxing. He said he would like to get out on the cart again, so we'll be setting that up for tomorrow. I think he is feeling more comfortable with the cart, and I also suspect that tomorrow's activities will be more than he has done in the past, so we'll need to monitor carefully. I don't want to stop him from doing things, but I also don't want him to try to do too much.

There were some beauty pageant young ladies visiting with all the guys, and they also stopped in to visit with Jason. Actually, it was the second visit by one of them, the Miss Maryland winner (she hadn't won that title the previous visit). They were all nice and talked with Jason and us for a few minutes; we took some pictures and then they said their good-bye. All of this was pretty normal for this type visitor, with one exception. One of the girls reminded us of a young woman that Jason kind of grew up with - Correen, and that made Jason smile. Actually, they made all of us smile.

Look for another exciting update, and again, thank you, for all the prayers and for keeping Jason and all of us in your thoughts.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16, 2011

Tomorrow Jason will be going in to the PACU for a dressing change, and then he won't have to have anything done until Tuesday. That's when he goes in to the O.R., where there is going to be more work done, and I suspect that it will be a longer day for him, than in the past. Though that probably means he will be gone for maybe 5 or 6 hours after he leaves his room, and that is much better than those early days when he would be gone 8 or more hours.

Jason had a good day, even with the continued challenges with the gas. He had some visitors today, with one notable being the Colonel who was the commander of the 26 MEU that Jason was attached to (sorry, I didn't ask permission to put his name in the blog). Jason was very pleased to see him, and probably more important, get a chance to speak with him. I remember talking to the Colonel a few months ago, when his wife came to visit, and then later took Linda and I to a small lounge area where she called him (or perhaps he called her - I truly don't remember, I just know I got to speak with him). He is now much closer, that is by location, and said that he was available to assist in any way, should Jason run into troubles getting any kind of help. I understand why Jason enjoyed being under his command.

Another visit was from Taking Back Sundays, a band who had come up to visit with the patients and with the medical staff. It was a nice visit and they were doing what they could to make the guys, including Jason, feel better. I think Jason was happy about the visit, and thought it was a nice change from the everyday stuff. The only other visitor was from Dave, the cookie guy - or at least that's how Jason refers to him. He brought some cookies in for Jason and stayed for a short visit. I wasn't there for this last one, so I don't know how long he was there. Otherwise that was pretty much all that happened today. It was a nice restful day for Jason, and I'll probably have more to talk about tomorrow.

Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011 - A day to forget

Today was a day that I think Jason would rather not remember. He developed some awful gas pains, and they lasted most of the day. I know, considering all that he has been through, gas pains couldn't have been that bad... they were. Because of their persistence he was taken down to X-ray, and to put it mildly, he really does not like getting X-rays done. They have to move him around and he basically has to lay on the photo plate, and no matter how you say it, it is uncomfortable. The good news is that they didn't find anything, and by the evening (sometime after 6:30) he was finally feeling better. Not sure what caused the gas and discomfort, and we might not ever know, we're just happy he is feeling better.

Jason had several visitors today, all spread out through the day. Most of them were guys connected in some way with what he was doing in Afghanistan, or EOD, then there were also a couple that simply came in because they wanted to talk with him. They all signed the book, though he wasn't in much of a mood to have his picture taken, due to the uncomfortable position he was in. He stayed in his bed for the entire day, so it looks like tomorrow will be the soonest we will see him out and about, on his cart, or maybe chair.

Speaking of his chair. We are planning on going to a BBQ next Wednesday, and if Jason is feeling up to it, he will be going with us. It is across the street from the hospital, so it isn't far to go, and it is being put on by the Marines Helping Marines group. I'm hoping nothing gets in the way, as he is really looking forward to a grilled steak for lunch, and maybe some potato salad... ;-)

Thank you, again for all your prays and support, we're moving ahead each day, even when there are some bumps along the way.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011 - Getting out on the cart again

I went over to see Jason early this morning, I walked over to the hospital and saw that he had not gone down to the PACU yet, so we were given a chance to talk.
We mostly talked about the X.T.R.E.M.E. Team that came to visit with him yesterday and what it is they had to offer. They do what they can to provide a means for the wounded warriors to experience things they otherwise might not have been able to. For example, they made it possible for SSgt Ryan Majors, a triple amputee, to sky dive, in a special way, into the 1/2 marathon that was run last year. Now Jason made it quite clear that he had no desire to jump out of an air plane, especially if it was flying just fine. He did, however say that he would like to ride one of those hand cranked bicycles, and possibly participate in a race some day. Another thing that Jason said he would like to do, is be able to go swimming again, and maybe even do some diving (& snorkeling). He thought white water rafting would be fun to do again, as well. It was good to see him putting together some future dreams, and I believe he will follow through with them.

Once he was back from the PACU and we had just finished getting him settled back into the room the PT team showed up - okay, it was just MJ, but she got his attention and we soon had him on the prone-cart. Jason actually did most of the work getting on to the cart, and we just had to help a little. He set off to tour the 5th floor wing, where he currently resides. He even stopped to visit with another EOD tech, who had been injured earlier this month, and I think it was good for him to be able to talk with someone who spoke the same "language" as EOD techs do. Several of the folks were surprised at how far he was able to wheel the cart around, and it simply showed how well he was coming with his treatment. We got him back to his bed and settled down for a little bit when his doctor came in.

Dr. Malone came in to the room and said, "I have some good news for you." Then spoke to us about how Jason was doing and that he was healing up very well, and that there were still a couple of areas where the healing still needed to be helped along, but in general he was doing very well. The real good news from her though was that there wasn't going to be a PACU visit for next two days, and that Jason didn't have to go to the O.R. until next Tuesday. Jason was happy to hear that he was getting a couple of days off, from the routine he had been going through for the past couple of weeks. Dr. Malone left after discussing this with all of us, and it was a positive visit for Jason, and I guess it made him hungry.

He was in the mood for pizza tonight so I went and found some for all of us to eat for dinner. While we were eating, SSgt Tim Brown came in to visit. It was good to see Tim up and about, with his new wheel chair and his new prosthetic arm. He can now grab things with the "hand" and he was showing us some of the technology that is being developed, it is pretty amazing. Tim lost both legs, above the knee and an arm above the elbow. He also lost part of his other hand, so he is a quadruple amputee, and he has the best and most positive outlook of any of the guys on the floor, though Tim isn't on the floor anymore. He is now at Walter Reed and into the amputee rehab efforts, and doing remarkably well. Whenever he comes back to NNMC, he stops in to visit with Jason, and it always cheers Jason up. Again, I think it has to do with that EOD language they both talk (yes, Tim is EOD also). It was a good visit. So the day has been a very good day all around, and also a very tiring day. Jason went to sleep shortly after Tim and his mom left, and Linda and I left a short while after that. I'm sure he'll have pleasant dreams tonight.

Thank you, all for your continued prayers and all your support. The road so far has been challenging, and it is not over yet. However, it feels like we are coming to a place where Jason is starting to heal up and will soon be ready to move on.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011 -

Jason's day started off with him feeling a little uncomfortable, though happy that he didn't have to go down to the PACU for any procedures. A short while after we (Linda and I) got to his room the doctors came in and one of them started to speak with Jason about the need to have some attention placed on his bandages. Because there was no procedure they felt there was a need to have some moisture placed on the bandages so that it would help with the healing and to make it a little more comfortable for Jason, when he goes down tomorrow. I decided to stay while they did the work and they removed the bandages, and it was the first time I had seen all of his injured areas, without any cover. I'm not sure I was happy or not, as I could tell that some of the areas still had a ways to go for healing, and others just simply looked like he was still healing from a bad sun burn. I'm glad I did see it, as I can now focus a bit more on specific points of where Jason has pain, and better understand why. One of the drawbacks for what they were doing was that they had to give him some extra pain medication and when all was done he just wanted to go to sleep, and that he did for a few hours; despite the efforts to wake him a few times.

He did have some visitors, with the Retired Marines coming by and talking with him for a few minutes. Some of those guys come in and bring experiences from WWII, and that does provide some interesting discussions for Jason. They came in earlier in the day, and their timing was excellent. The other big visitors that Jason saw today were from Team X.T.R.E.M.E. The president/founder, Jeremy Soles came with Jim Snyder and MGySgt Matt Small. As it turns out, MGySgt Small knew Jason from several years back and is also part of EOD. There is going to be the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30, and they would like to have Jason as their Honoree. Actually, if Jason is up to it he might just be there, though the marathon is in Washington, D.C. and he will be getting treatment in San Diego, if all goes well. In any event, it is an honor given to Jason, and these guys are honored to be able to do it. One other point of interest with Jeremy Soles - he is the world record holder for running in a C50 Gas Mask.

The rest of the day was spent with a short trip to the MRI, not one of Jason's favorite places to go, and shaking off the affects of the meds he had been given earlier. He does have to go to the PACU tomorrow, and it all starts again, then on Friday we THINK he is going to be going to the O.R. where there will be some other work done. Jason still takes it like it is simply a matter of fact, which it really is. He is an amazing kind of Marine, that's for sure.

Thank you, all for your prayers and continued support. I've done enough of these now that I feel I should say, "Thank you." also for your tolerance of my spelling errors and use of wrong words. I don't do a great deal of proof reading, so now you understand why... Keep smiling and stay positive...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July 12, 2011 - Golf Tournament

First, what happened to Jason - Jason spent part of the morning in the PACU, undergoing the procedure of cleaning his wound dressings out, and this time he came back with smaller bandages. Of course, with his bandages, even "smaller" still looks pretty big, but I was glad to see it anyway. The down side is that the exposed areas are very sensitive right now and it seemed to elevate some of the phantom pain that he has to deal with. By the end of the evening, just prior to us coming back to our room at the Lodge, he was doing quiet well. Tomorrow he gets a day off from the routine, and he is looking forward to it.

He got out on his cart today, and got to exercise his arms more. He went around the floor and finally ended up down by the Physical Therapy office (the Recreational and Occupational Therapy people sit there as well) and visited with everyone. A couple of them were more excited to see him than what I would have expected, so it was a good time for Jason. He went back to his room after that and settled back for a bit of a rest. All of this information comes from Linda (aka Mom), as I was not there for most of the day. I was at a golf tournament.

The Sgt Jason Ross Golf Tournament was held today, at Queenstown Harbor Golf Links. This is the tournament that Paul Andercyk pulled together. Okay, he had some help, but he was the driving force behind it. There were about 60 golfers there and from my perspective it was a great success, and to think it was all done in four months. The money from this is to help establish the Sgt Jason Ross EOD Injuries Foundation that is targeted at helping EOD techs who are injured in the course of their duties (I hope I said that correctly). Paul and I briefly spoke about doing this again next year, as well as holding tournaments in the Los Angeles area and San Francisco Bay Area. He also suggested that we might consider other cities too, so we'll see what we can do with this. David, Jason's brother, was also involved with some of the organization, and will continue to be involved as things move along. Stay tuned for more developments with this. I will have pictures loaded up in the next day or so.

Thank you, all for all your kind words and support, and especially for your prayers.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011 - The journey continues

Jason is an amazing kinda guy. After all that he has been through he still has a sense of humor, and knows how to be a gracious host. I have to admit that I wasn't able to be with him for most of the day, due to the need for me to take care of some personal business, and run some errands for Jason. While I was there, however, he had a huge number of visitors come by, and even though it interrupted his lunch we didn't show any signs of being irritated, and in fact was smiling and joking with all of them. The first "wave" was an officer and another gentleman that Jason seemed to know. I was still out on my errands so I didn't see them or get their names. There was a second "group," actually Brad Richabaugh and his wife Katie, and another friend that I don't remember his name (too many names and I didn't bring the Red Sign-in Book with me). They stayed for a short visit and even helped Linda do some decorating (they helped her hang up the Marine flag). Anytime Brad comes by it makes Jason happy, not that the others don't make him happy, its just that Brad will always be that special friend for him. After they left, and I mean right after, a group of about 10 other Marines came by, and they stayed a while longer. Again, Jason was joking and smiling with them. Even though he had to wait to have his lunch, he was well served by the comradeship that was felt by all that stopped by to visit him.

Linda and I spent a little time with Jason and did our best to stay out of the way of the others. It is a bit like when Jason was at home and he would come home with friends from school. Mom and Dad were there if something was needed, and there usually was, and the guys just had a great time. I should also mention that the Retired Marines came by, and again, this happened while I was out, so I didn't see them or get their names (I'll work to do better with this, in the future). We are so happy that Jason is making progress, and showing the world just how strong he can be. The day today was pretty much just another visit to the PACU and him resting in bed. He did do some work with PT, and that is going to be more and more regular now, so his days are going to be getting more and more filled with activities.

Thank you, all for all your continued support and prayers - God bless you all.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10, 2011 - What a difference a day makes.

Jason had another visit to the PACU this morning, though it was a bit latter than other days. Have to say, that the "lateness" worked to his advantage, in that he was able to visit with Bridgette and the girls before they headed back down to North Carolina. We'll all be glad when Bridgette gets all their stuff done (with Bridgette being the happiest), so she can spend more time with Jason. Actually, I was supposed to go to a baseball game today, but since the Giants weren't playing it really wasn't as important to me; and, once Jason got back from the PACU he was feeling pretty good. A complete turn around from yesterday.

We were provided lunch, as it usually is on the weekends. It generally something that a group puts together, and for the past few days I've been in the mood for baked beans. Well, those wonderful folks brought baked beans (along with a bunch of other food items), so I was happy. Linda and I spent most of the rest of the day with him, watching a couple of movies and just talking about "stuff." We determined that one of the medications he is taking smells like vanilla, and all the medical staff, that smelled it, agreed. He is getting stronger and doing his exercises regularly. In fact, he requested his weights once he was fully situated in the bed.

There were some visitors, and in general it was a very relaxed and refreshing afternoon. Not much else to talk about so I'll be signing off now. Thank you, all for your continued prayers, and for the comments on the blog.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

July 9, 2011 -

Jason had a pretty inactive day today, after the trip to the PACU. He came back feeling more pain than he usually does, and they even had him situated in the bed, so that he was laying on his left side in an attempt to help. They gave him some extra pain medication, and it was only marginally helping, when the doctor came in to the room. I asked him what was done differently this time, and that perhaps the person who wrapped his bandages this time did something differently. He assured me that he had done the wrap of the bandages and that he was the person who had been doing it for the past few days, and there were no issues during this time period. The doctor made some adjustments to the bandages and trying to fix whatever it was that was causing the discomfort when finally he did something to his right side and you could see an expression of relief on Jason's face. Everyone around the bed saw it, and Jason was almost immediately feeling much better. Still not sure what was going on, and the doctor said he would be leaving specific instructions for the rest of the team on how to set the bandages tomorrow and into the future.

After the excitement of the bandages was gone I helped with getting him comfortable again, as he was still laying on his left side. We situated him in his bed and I told him about Bridgette coming in, in a little while, and then he was asleep... a deep sleep. Bridgette showed up, actually a little earlier than I had thought she would (its a long drive from North Carolina) and Jason was still VERY asleep so we all went to dinner. Besides it gave her a chance to spend a little time with her girls. When we came back Jason was still asleep so I did my best to wake him up and when he finally did wake up we all left the two of them alone.

Tomorrow is another day for Jason, going to the PACU and getting the dressings on his wounds changed. It will be like this for then next week, and then we'll see what the doctors want to do. In the meantime he will also be working on building his strength back up, and the OT and PT folks have said they are going to be working with him more frequently.

Thank you, all for all your continued support and prayers, we all appreciate it very much.

Friday, July 8, 2011

July 8, 2011 - Let's go for a ride

Jason had another visit to the PACU today, early this morning, and for the most part it was rather uneventful. He is continuing to heal up, and all aspects of his wounds are coming along, just as they are expected to. He seems to be doing better with his pain management, and isn't using any more medication than he needs too (which makes me and I think the doctors very happy). Of course Jason is also doing his best to put on some weight, so he keeps a stash of Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints) handy. Actually they are brought around to all the patients on a regular basis, and all the guys have cookies in their rooms, if they choose to. One of the doctors on Jason's team keeps threatening to eat the Thin Mints. So now, there is an ongoing banter between the two of them about he cookies.

Today was a milestone day in that Jason was able to get out on his "prone cart" and move around the floor some. The way he is positioned on the cart allows for more air to get to the remaining wounds, and that can help with the healing. He made a couple of laps around the ward and then went back to his room. Everyone who saw him with it said that he was looking real good and once he got on to the cart and realized he was safe, he felt pretty good about it, too. He his main doctor made a trip to see him moving around, and said he looked great and gave him more encouragement. All of this is to help with his continued healing, and it looks like it is going to be doing just that. He will be going out on the cart more often now, and each time it will be pretty exciting to see him go.

Bridgette will be coming back to Bethesda this weekend, and we're all anxiously awaiting her arrival. She has been down in North Carolina, taking care of their personal things, so that they can move on to their next level of treatment. She has been doing all this while the girls have been staying with Grandma and Grandpa. She misses her babies and wants to see them again, and we think the girls are anxious to see her again, too.

Not too much else is going on so I'll sign off now with my usual - Thank you, for keeping the prayers going and for continuing to keep us in your hearts.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July 7, 2011 - Continuing with the treatments

Jason had another day, that is probably going to be very similar to the next several days, and weeks. His wounds have progressed to the point where the changes are going to be small, though positive, as continues to heal. In fact, he has reached a point where I don't think reporting on minimal advancements makes much sense, so I will be focusing on other aspects, such as the different therapy treatments he is receiving. I think what I might do is to let everyone know when he doesn't have to go in for treatment and has a "day off." With that, PT came in today and worked with him, on strengthening his arms, and in particular, his right shoulder. M.J. (the Physical Therapist) made the comment that he was gaining good strength in his right arm and shoulder now, and was very happy with how he was progressing. He is also continuing to improve on his left side, and that is the way it has been for some time now.

He had some visitors today, with a couple of different 1st Sergeants coming in to visit with him. They were simply demonstrating the closeness of the Marines when they came by, as neither of them knew Jason, and only wanted to stop by to be sure he was doing okay, and wanting to know if there was anything they could do. Again, it was a good visit for Jason, as he enjoys being able to speak with other Marines who have some common points of history, and these guys did.

In the past I have had a number of folks ask what they can do for us, and I have mentioned in the past about some of the groups who are supporting the families of the wounded warriors. Well, I have a birthday coming up soon, and if you want to do something for me, for my birthday, make a donation to Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warriors, one of the local Military Families Groups, EOD Warriors, Yellow Ribbon Fund, or one of the other many groups out there providing for the families. They do so much to help us it is amazing.

Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Jason is getting better, and just as soon as he can he will be making his own entry into this blog, to thank you all himself.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011 - A turn for the better

Jason had a pretty good visit to the PACU this morning and came back to his room with just a little smaller bandage. Of course it could have been a result of how they did the wrapping of the wounds this time, but I prefer to think that it is a result of his wounds healing up a bit... ;-) When he got to his room he began with the typical actions of the medical staff to get him set up when the Occupational Therapy person showed up. She had him doing exercises and working with him to improve his over all motions with his arms and shoulders. Just as she finished the Physical Therapy team showed up and they went to work on helping him build up his core muscles and as a result he showed that he was able to nearly turn over in the bed, on his own. This is a really big thing for Jason, in that he is moving more, as well as feeling more confident on the bed that he is on. We were all excited about how well he is continuing to progress.

Because Jason is getting stronger and more able to do different things, the "Therapy" folks will be working more frequently with him. The focus is to continue building his strength as well as the range of motion for his arms. Each little step that he takes gets him closer to healing completely, and we are all anxious for him to get to the point of where he will be able to move on to his next level of rehab, which is known as amputee rehab. Not too much else to report on today, and that is okay by me.

Thank you, all for your continued support and all your prayers for Jason and all the others, and their families.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

Big day today, for Jason. He had a very good visit with the O.R., where he had his wounds scrubbed and re-wrapped. The doctors all said he wasn't quite ready for more skin grafting yet, and they would be continuing to monitor his progress over the next several days. The continued progress that he has been showing is good and all are feeling pretty confident that Jason is coming along just like they would like.

Almost immediately after getting back from the O.R., the PT team came to his room where they were asking him to work with them, and turn over in his bed. Honestly, Jason wasn't too excited about doing this, as he comes back from these procedures feeling a little more tender than usual, and he just wants to rest. The discussions went on for a little while, with me being on the side of the PT folks, and we finally got him to agree to turning over in his bed, after a short rest. When they came back to do the turn, everything was set up and then Jason pretty well surprised all of them when he nearly turned over by himself. I think he probably would have if he had had a little more room in the bed. It was good to get him on his belly, and he received a nice back massage as a little bonus. Once he was over he was quite comfortable, and given the opportunity he probably would have gone to sleep for a nice little nap.

Not much else to speak about, other than he is eating really well. It actually kind of amazes me how much the human body can work to repair itself, and nutrition is a big, BIG part of that. He ate the meals that were brought to him plus a couple of snacks, and he asked us to pick him up some Taco Bell. Now, I feel compelled to let everyone know that he does actually like to eat other food, besides Taco Bell, it just seems to be the most frequent.

Thank you, for your continue prayers.

Monday, July 4, 2011

july 4, 2011 - Happy Birthday, U.S.

Jason had a pretty good day today. He had some visitors; got a coin from the White House; got out in his chair and watched some movies. Now I don't want to give the wrong impression, he did get out in his chair, but it was for only a short time, as he started to experience some pain and discomfort almost immediately. He was able to remain in his chair for about 5 minutes before he said he wanted to get back in the bed. It was a little traumatic for him, but it made me appreciate the fact that he was going back in to the O.R. tomorrow, so they could take a look and maybe figure out why he was hurting so much.

The coin that came from the White House, is a Presidential coin, and it even has Barac Obama's name on it, but it wasn't delivered by the President. It was from Bill Daley (and his wife), his Chief of Staff - still pretty cool. Jason was his typical self, and handled it very cool and collected, and spoke very clearly with both of them. It would have been nice if they could have stayed longer, but I understand they had other guys to see, and actually, it was their day off too, so I think it was kind of nice of them to come and visit with the patients. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a picture this time, as I left the camera in the car.

A short while later in the day (still early afternoon) there were three chaplains in his room, and no this isn't the start of a bad joke. Actually Jason was telling jokes with them, and it went off very well. By now I had gone back out to the car and collected the camera, so this time I did get a picture. It was a nice visit and they said they would be praying for Jason, and all the other guys too.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for Jason, and all the Marines and other warriors who allow us to celebrate the 4th each year. Enough can not be said about these brave folks who make it possible for us to live the lives we do.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

July 3, 2011

Jason went down for his procedure today, and actually came back to his room much sooner than we thought he would - and that is a good thing. He has gained some strength in his arms, and has been able to begin "assisting" in the moving of him, in his bed, so we're all feeling optimistic about his continued progress. Obviously there is still much to be accomplished, and we are happy to see small bits of progress, but when the accumulative effect of all those small bits come together it just tends to make me excited.

I went up to see Jason, early in the morning, since the girls were still asleep when I got up, and Linda said she was okay with her taking care of them while I was gone. I guess it is the best time for us to talk, guy-to-guy and it feels pretty positive. It generally tends to be the time that we do most of our "future" talks and that is when I get most of my chance to see how he is doing. Like I said, he came back sooner than we though he would, and so we hurried back to the hospital to see him. We had gone to Target to buy a few things, and perhaps we weren't moving as fast as we could have. As a result, when we did get the girls there it kind of messed up their nap schedule and so we left again after a couple of hours.

While we were gone someone from the USO came by to visit, and that was kind of a nice thing. Jason got a picture (Polaroid) with him and he looked pretty happy in the picture we saw. Otherwise, not too many visitors today and that is to be expected, with it being Sunday and a holiday weekend. I'm guessing there will be a few visitors tomorrow, and again it should be a relatively quiet day. Not sure if we will be able to see any fireworks displays, and that is okay - we'll be with Jason, and that is enough to celebrate. He doesn't have to go in for any procedure, though he goes to the O.R. on Tuesday. With the holiday getting behind us it means that PT (and OT) will be cranking up their efforts, and Jason knows this. I'll keep you all posted on his progress with this.

Thank you, all for your continued prayers and support. There are a few families here who have been here for more than 3 months. We see each other in the hall ways, and generally don't talk much, but just "know" that we are in this together. Please pray for these other families, as well as for us.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

July 2, 2011 -

Last night, when I left Jason, I was told that it wasn't a sure thing, that he would be going into the PACU for dressing change. When I got over there this morning, about 06:45 he was sleeping nicely in in his bed. I went over to the nurses station and asked about when I should expect him to be going down and they told me that he wasn't going down today, and that he was getting a second day off. I went back into Jason's room and he was beginning to wake up. So, I figured I'd give him the good news. Then he told me that the doctors had come by earlier and told him already - that's why he had gone back to sleep. We talked a little and then I asked him if he'd like something to eat, since they had not brought him a breakfast yet. He sent me off to Dunkin Donuts to get their big breakfast sandwich.

Otherwise it was a pretty quiet day, again, and that is a good thing. He wasn't up for going out in his chair, but that was okay, there will be other days. You can really tell that it is a holiday in most of the hospital, though there is plenty of activity on Jason's wing - injuries don't take holidays. He did get to spend a little time with the girls, and Jackie said, "Da-da" and there was a call with Bridgette, so it was a good time in itself. We didn't stay too late as the girls did need to get to bed, and it looked like Jason was getting a little sleepy too.

Thank you, for continuing to stay with the blog, and for all your prayers of support. It is all very much appreciated.

Friday, July 1, 2011

July 1, 2011 - Getting into our fifth month

Not much to report on today. Jason didn't have to go down to the PACU today, and by default didn't have to get moved around or readjusted in his bed. We got to spend a big portion of the morning and afternoon with Jason, and we were there for the visitors he received, so from that perspective it was a nice day. The down side was that he didn't feel good enough to get out in his chair, so I think perhaps we might of passed up an opportunity for him to get out and enjoy some of the wonderful summer weather that we seem to be having right now. He will need to got down to the PACU tomorrow, and perhaps one more time prior to being taking to the O.R. next week. All this is because his wounds are doing much better now.

I'm quite anxious to speak with his doctors next week, after the O.R. visit. I believe there will be more information available for us, once that has been done. He is still remaining positive, even with the challenges he is being handed. I think once he gets to a new setting for treatment he will perk up and show all of us just how strong he can be.

Thank you, all for your continued prayers, and please remember all the other military members out there, who are putting their lives on the line, so we can live the life we have have enjoyed.