Well, today started out like just about any other day, for the past couple of weeks, with Jason needing to go in to the Naval Hospital at Balboa, with an early appointment, and then over to the hyperbaric chamber. The appointment went well, and actually, just prior to that, we took the girls over to their day care center, so that when Jason was done at the hospital we made a quick stop at the pharmacy (that was an interesting journey for Linda and I, and I'll possibly talk about it some day) then over to the hospital at UCSD. Apparently there was some sort of schedule disruption, and Jason's dive didn't start until almost 11:00, and that means he didn't finish until just after 13:00 (1pm). Of course I wasn't aware of the delay because I just dropped Jason off this morning and when he is down in the basement there is little to no cell reception, so he couldn't call me. Anyway, we came back to pick him up at the "regular" time, and found the elevator wasn't working. That's okay we can take the stairs down and we'll just have to head over to the other elevators to get Jason back up. We sat around in the waiting room until the dive was done and then he came out. As usual he was soaked with sweat so he changed his shirt and then we headed to the elevator (apparently they had fixed them in the time we were waiting). We headed home and stopped at a taco stand that we've discovered (much better than going to Taco Bell) and then on to the house.
Once we were home Jason got comfortable back in his bed and ate his burritos (they were very large) and I took care of a couple of things I needed to get done. As soon as this was done we let Jason know we were going to pick up the girls and then we were headed to the San Diego County Fair. We made arrangements to be sure that there was support for Jason, in the case that he needed some help. Fortunately, while we were gone he didn't need any assistance, and because he ate those two burritos he wasn't hungry. Stacy was very excited about going to the fair and Jackie was just excited about going somewhere with Grandma and Grandpa. We got to the fair grounds and it was packed with cars, though we were very fortunate in that we found a parking space that was relatively close to the front. We had the stroller with us, so Jackie could lay back a little, when she got tired - and she did. Stacy was so very excited to go in and see all the farm animals and we even watched a 4H presentation (kids showing their cattle). There was a pony ride that Stacy went on, and had a great time. We attempted to get Jackie to go on the ride but she was afraid of the horses so she didn't want to go. Actually, Jackie didn't want to go on any of the kiddie rides, and that was okay as far as Stacy was concerned - more ride tickets for her.
We went to the midway and saw a bunch of different rides, most of which Stacy was able to go on, though she was too short for the bumble bee ride. She rode a Ferris wheel and flew a Marine helicopter; she got to race around in a NASCAR racer and she and Grandma even rode a roller coaster. We stayed at the fair for a few hours and both girls (and grandparents) were tired. We got back home and Grandma gave them a bath. We had eaten at the fair so dinner wasn't something we needed to worry about, and that was probably a good thing. Jason was asleep when we got home so we didn't wake him up, at least not until after the bath. I think the noise of two laughing girls was enough to wake him up - it is amazing what a bath with do to re-energize to small girls. They still went down for the night, without a fight, and were quite happy to do so. All-in-all, it was a very nice day. I am positive that Grandma and Grandpa are going to enjoy this time we have with the girls, before we leave.
I want to also thank you, all, for all the prayers of support and for everything else that you do for all of us. We probably couldn't have made it without you.