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Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012

Today was an amazingly good day for Jason (and me). We started out with only one appointment, with OT (that's Lynn), and it was actually going to be at the house, as opposed to the C5 building where it is normally done. Lynn wanted to come out to the house and evaluate it for Jason's needs. Before that, though, Jason and I went to the store to purchase groceries, and then he decided that he wanted to go to a pet store. We pulled in to the shopping center, where the grocery store is located, and to our right was a big pet store. So, of course we went inside there first. Jason had a great time, and I think it was the first time he has been around animals and "pets" since he went off, in August, last year. You should have seen the brightness in his face and expressions. He was in his element again, around animals. As it turned out there is going to be an adoption clinic tomorrow, and he wants to go take a look. Who knows, maybe we will find a dog he can train as his service dog - okay, maybe a long shot but we're going anyway. We've decided to start doing a few things to make him feel as much back to regular as we can. We even drove over to Coronado and just looked around for a little while, and that in itself was fun.

Anyway, back to the grocery shopping. We went in and toured the entire store, going up and down each of the isles. By the time we were finished, Jason was pretty worn out. I kept asking him if he wanted to stop, but he wanted to finish looking at all the things in the store. We didn't buy that much, but we did get what we needed and the important thing is that we had a good time.

After the shopping trip we came back home and Jason got into his recliner and took a short nap. I finished putting away the groceries and then I kicked back too. It gave me a chance to do a little reading, and also take a look at my email, something I don't normally do until later in the day. It was just a nice easy going relaxing day. This is when Lynn came over and Jason got back into his wheelchair, and then walked the house with Lynn. I was very impressed as she checked everything and each room, to make sure it would accommodate Jason, and he would be able to do whatever he needs to do. For example, it is important that he have front loader wash machines (and we do); and, that the shower is set up correctly for him. Her visit took over an hour, and she took several notes, and said she would be working on getting some things improved. I was happy and so was Jason.

We had hamburgers for dinner, and they were good. I know this may sound a little strange, but he and I both like green peas, so the two of us finished off a can of those too. We talked for awhile, and then called it a day. Tomorrow, along with going back to the pet store, we are planning on going to a movie. It will be the first one he has gone to, so I hope it all works. If we do go, I might not be able to get to tomorrow's blog post until later, so don't wait up and catch it in the morning.

Thank you, for all the support and prayers being sent our way. Knowing there are those out there who don't even know us, and yet still support us is wonderful.

3 comments:

  1. Love the new pictures. Thanks for putting them up.

    Hugs to all!

    Love, Terry

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  2. I'm so glad that things are going so well for Jason. You're an awesome Dad to be there for him every step of the way. Everybody's lives were changed from the instant our hero was injured, and you've handled things with such grace. Without you and Linda, Jason wouldn't be where he is right now - getting accustomed to his new normal, and staying in touch with the world. I hope y'all find a dog today - there is nothing in the world quite like a dog to keep a person grounded. I like to point out that "dog" is "God" spelled backward; He gave us dogs to love us unconditionally, same as He does. If not today, in the near future! Love, hugs, and prayers continue to be sent from the Roberts family in Tennessee.

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  3. Jason,

    I think a service dog would be wonderful, but I'd highly suggest you get one already trained. Getting a puppy and training a dog is a lot of work, and it seems you might not have the time or energy to do that. Take some time to consider all the options. There are so many new things going on right now, adding a puppy to the mix might actually add to the stress.

    Uncle Larry will be down to visit you tomorrow. He is really looking forward to seeing you both again, and checking out your new home. I'll send him with a hug for you.

    Love,
    Aunt Joyce

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