Today started off a little rough for Jason, and for a while it didn't get much better. His pain level was such that he wasn't able to come in for any of the therapy sessions he had, or any other appointment for that matter. The good part was that it was early enough in the day that he was able to call in to let the right folks know he wasn't coming in, and therefore the schedule was changed early enough that it didn't cause any problems. Jason hasn't missed many full days of appointments, so I knew he was feeling kind of bad to do this. He pretty much just stayed in bed for the entire day.
With that being said, as the day progressed the comfort level did begin to go from very bad to tolerable and then finally to able to get up in his chair. Of course that last part didn't happen until later in the evening and just from a planning point of view, I was glad to see that he had gotten better. Today is Jason's 29th birthday and not only were his godparents here, there were also a few people coming over to kind of celebrate with him. Anthony was the first to arrive, and he came in and had a nice visit with Jason when Yolanda and Steven came back. Now all of them were in his room and visiting, and just having some folks to talk to helped to make Jason feel better. I had just gotten back from picking up the girls when Yolanda and Steve showed up, so it was kind of nice walking in together. A short time later, maybe an hour and a half, Gary, Jeff and Matt came in , and that was good, because they brought the dinner. All told, we had 10 people all sitting around the tables sharing food and conversation and it was nice.
Speaking of nice, I think now would be a good time to recognize a man whom we have yet to meet who has been helping Linda and I out with some travel help. He has paid for Linda's air fare down here, and has offered to do it again. The first time was over Mother's day, and as a result the tickets were kind of expensive, and he didn't baulk at all. This next time will be next week, and he is doing this all in the honor of Lt. Chris Salisbury, USMC, his son, who died a few years ago. I am looking forward to the day I get to meet this man, as I'd really enjoy being able to say, "Thank you." to his face.
Anyway, when the "dinner-birthday party" was over everyone recognized that Jason was needing to call it a night, and left. I was just happy that I didn't have to chase anyone out of the house. Even still, after everyone was gone, Jason wanted to help with the little bit of clean up that was still needing to be done. Granted, it wasn't much, but I wanted him to get back down and told him that I would take care of it. Marines, they just have that need to keep helping. Tomorrow Jason does not have any appointments, so we can relax for three days now. Not even sure if we're taking the girls in to day care, so we'll make the call in the morning. It was a good day, overall, and I was happy to see it end the way it did. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers.