January 27, 2012 - A Sad Day

Today is probably one of the saddest days we'll have this year, and comes at on a week that has had more than it's share of bad news. This morning started out very close to the way yesterday started, only I spent just a little more time with Boomer in the backyard, than I had previously. We had a good time chasing around and going after a soft ball. It just seemed like it was going to be a good day. I went to see Jason and told him that David (his brother) had asked to take Boomer for a while, while Jason continued to get stronger, and Jason liked that idea. I stayed with Jason for a couple of hours and then wanted to get back to the house to finish up some laundry and to let Boomer know he wasn't forgotten. Only, when I got home I found that something had happened and Boomer was lying in the corner and not moving. I went over to see what he was doing and discovered he had died. I don't know when he died, or how (the vet suspects he choked on something), only that he was cold and had been dead for a while. To say that it hit me hard is an understatement. I immediately called Jason, and he took it pretty well, though I could tell he was saddened by the tone change in his voice. I then called David to let him know that Boomer wasn't coming, and why. I made a few other phone calls and then took him over to the vet, as he was going to take care of the remains.

This week has been a particularly rough week for us, and I don't fully understand why things like this are happening. Jason's day, otherwise was pretty good, in the hospital, though they still don't have a solid game plan for how they are going to take care of his wounds. They are trying something new, and have a couple more ideas for what they can do to help his healing. At the bottom of that list is the idea of more skin grafts, and honestly I don't like that idea, and Jason down right hates that idea.

The author and retired FBI agent, Bob Hammer came by, and brought a copy of another book he wrote. It was a very good visit and while we were talking we found out that we actually know some people that he knows. If the opportunity comes up we are going to be taking a ride up to Los Angeles together, but that's down the road a bit (pun intended).

Tonight Jason and I were able to get NetFlix working on the in-room television and watched Stranger Than Fiction. I was pleased with the movie, as I generally don't like Will Farrell characters, this one seemed more like a real person. After the movie, I said good night to Jason, and wanted to get back over to the house, as I still have laundry to get done, and I knew I'd have some difficulties getting this blog started. A few folks had asked to see a picture of Boomer, so I finally had one to put up. Unfortunately, it will be the last one I put up as well.

Please, if you could ask God to help us understand what is going on, and why we are going through this, it would be appreciated. Thank you, all for your continued support and prayers.


  1. We just got back from a movie that was so profound and intense, everyone was crying in the theatre and you could hear a pin drop or everyones sniffling and sobbing. It was a movie about a very young boy that lost his father in one of the Twin Towers on 9/11. We talked about Jason leaving the movie, how he was going to sign up for the Marines on that day. We just got home and read the blog. A quote from the movie, "I can't make sense of something that doesn't make sense". I asked Rob tonight at dinner if we could adopt Boomer. Profoundly sad evening tonight. Your are all in my prayers,
    Love you guys,
    Karen & Rob
    Livermore Friends

  2. Sending love, hugs, and prayers from Tennessee. So sorry that it's been a rough few days, and to hear about the loss of sweet little Boomer. God is in control, still and always; while we may never understand why things happen the way they do, we need to hold on to our faith that He has a plan for each and every one of us. Stay strong, George. Remember when you look back and see only one set of footprints in the sand, it is then that He carried you. Hugs {{{George}}} and {{{Jason}}}
    Ms Tracy
    Joelton, TN

  3. Oh George and Jason,
    I'm so sorry to hear the news of Boomer's loss along with infections landing Jason back in the hospital. It's hard not to get discouraged when things go way wrong all at the same time. May you find peace and comfort knowing that God is still with you and He will give you the strength to meet every challenge that continues to come your way. Praying for you,

  4. Jason and family,
    I am saddened to hear of your loss and rejoice at your triumphant attitude to overcome all odds. I hope that being home makes your rehabilitation that much easier and that you are in the comfort of your loved ones. Did you receive the hand cycle that I promised, and if so, let me know how it feels when you get it on the road. Take care and god bless.


  5. SO sad about these turns of events...Little Boomer's loss is just tough. Jason having worries and pain in the hospital because of the staff not listening/believing him...also tough. Sending hugs...lots.

  6. Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are prayed for everyday!!! Sending love and hugs to you all!!!! I am sorry that it was a sad day and for Boomer's passing. I hope that knowing that there are so many that care and pray and send love helps in some small way. ~ Tracy

  7. So very sorry to read this, George. If I remember correctly, God didn't really explain to Job the reasons for all his struggles, so a mere mortal like myself is at a loss to shed any light. All I can do is send you and Jason good thoughts and energy. Poor pooch. Great looking dog. Hope Jason can get back home soon.

  8. Choking back tears as I read your post about Boomer. I am SO sorry-- praying that these hardships and trials are finally behind you guys.
    Love & BIG HUGS to you all from ALL of us at DLC <3


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