Well, I finally made it to a place where I can get a decent signal. The "Free" wifi at the Navy Lodge doesn't work in our room, for some reason. I even went on a 30 minute phone call with their network support people, and the guy determined that my laptop and their network are both working fine so it came down to simply the location, our room, just doesn't get good signal. I am currently in Jason's hospital room and the signal here is excellent! Okay, on to the blog post...
Jason is doing great. His spirits are up and we have had some very positive talks. We got to meet with Dr. Malone for an extended visit, about 30 minutes or more, and we talked about everything from Jason's wounds to playing guitar. Jason received another gift today, a "cigar box" electric guitar. Dr. Malone also has some experience playing guitar and banjo, so she said she would like to have her teacher come by and give Jason a few pointers as well. I'm pretty excited about him getting back with the banjo and now learning a little about the guitar. It is really a pretty cool looking guitar and it came with an small amp.
He has to go in for surgery tomorrow, and we know it is for the second cases. This is a good thing, in that it shows that he is not considered an urgent, or emergency, case and yet it is still early enough that he doesn't have to go most of the day without eating. From what I understand the procedure/surgery tomorrow is going to be focused on more procedure and less on surgery. The work that was done on his left side is healing up very nicely, and he is much more comfortable now. We were talking about him getting fitted for a prosthetic, and it actually felt like we were really talking about it actually happening this time.
There are a couple of other guys here now who have similar injuries as Jason, so that is a little better support net that Jason will have. They will be able to talk things through and help each other when they are feeling our of sorts or just a little down. I wish we had more time to stay here, just to get to meet with some of the people here and to reconnect with some of the folks we knew previously.
On another positive - my efforts to raise funds for the EOD Ride, coming up next month is coming along nicely. I have now made it to $4280, and so I think I have a real chance of making it to $4500 or even $5K before the start of the ride. For any that would like to help please go to:
www.eodride.org and use the pull downs to find my page.
Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. I am feeling very happy about how things are going right now, and I feel a big part of it is because of all the support from all the people out there supporting us.