July 12, 2012

What an amazing kind of day, today was. Jason had a couple of appointments at the hospital, with one of them being at OT. Now ordinarily going to OT would be focused on working with the hands, arms or some combination, with the target of being better use and strengthening. Today was a little different in that there were the activities associated with strengthening and use, AND cooking! There was this great spread of food set up so that we could have breakfast burritos in multiple ways, although I only had one. Jason, on the other hand, fixed himself a couple of different burritos and enjoyed them immensely. The only thing that was wrong with this picture was that Linda didn't come with us this time and so she missed out on the great food. Shortly after I was finished with my burrito we had to head out so that Jason could get over to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). They were having a "Family Day" celebration and he wanted to see what was going on, and he was hoping to see some of the Drill Sergeants that he knew. Unfortunately he didn't get to see any that he knew, but he had a pretty good time anyway. There were booths set up for all sorts of stuff, including memorabilia, food, collectables and other great stuff. He ended up staying there for well over an hour. We had to get back home to allow him to get some rest before we headed out again.

At 14:00 (2pm) we were all supposed to head over to see Anthony Netto (StandUpAndPlay.org) and talk to some folks who want to do an interview with Jason and I. It is a Faith based group and it is set to show case how Jason's faith in God, support from his family, and his own internal fortitude has gotten him to the level of recovery that he is today. As it turned out, we were a few minutes late, but that's okay, as we really aren't on a tight schedule anyway. We had a great time talking with them and everything was actually quite fun. Jason loves to tell his story and when he gets to share his experience it kind of provides him with the opportunity to just let it out. It was also a chance for him to ride the paramobile, and he enjoys being able to do that. It also gave me a chance to talk with Anthony and discuss ways we can get some other help with the machines.

Ultimately it was a busy day, with plenty of things to do and by the end of the day I think we were all pretty tired. When we got home from Anthony's Jason just wanted to take a shower and get back in bed. This also meant I was to change his dressings and change the sheets on his bed. We had a quick dinner and then we were all pretty much ready for bed. That's when I headed up to my little "apartment" (that's what I call the 2nd floor living area - it has a bedroom, a bath, an office-like area and plenty of storage) and began going through all my emails, since I hadn't see any of them today. Now we're at the end of the day and I am ready for bed.

Thank you, all for all the support and prayers - Jason is getting better and it looks like good things are moving forward again.


  1. Sounds like quite a day!
    Continuing to pray!
    Psalms 86:5-7 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.
    My email address

  2. God Bless You!

    All our best,
    Karen & Rob
    Livermore Friends

  3. Hey George,

    It was a pleasure to meet you, Jason and your wife. We're looking forward to posting the interview on our website soon! Would it be possible to get some of your family photos to incorporate into the b-roll of the episode? You can email me anytime at lstephenson@internetbroadcastcompany.com.

    Thank you again for the opportunity to meet and interview you and your family!



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