Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Our trip home was uneventful, except for a small switch problem on the Delta Airlines airplane. As a result of that switch problem we were delayed taking off from Washington by an hour, and as the ripple effect goes, our flight out of Salt Lake City was missed. We ended up staying in Salt Lake City for about five hours then took another flight home. That's twice now we've flown Delta and twice that there has been an equipment malfunction that has caused us to be late. Now, I don't mind traveling with safety, and I believe in correcting all issues BEFORE taking off - so that's not the issue. The issue is, as I see it, why the heck are their planes having such problems so frequently. I am getting to the point where I really don't want to fly Delta any more because I don't trust them to keep up with their maintenance. Problem is that these flights are donations and we really don't have a great deal of input to decide which airline to travel on. Maybe we can just buy our own tickets next time.

That reminds me... I have a job interview on Monday! It will be the first I've had in nearly two years, so I am pretty excited. Don't get me wrong, I've spoken with recruiters in the past, and those have all been good, it is just that this is really with the employer, and it is a second round of interviewing. Wish me luck.

Jason is going to be getting an update on his wounds and the wound vac tomorrow, and we are all hopeful that the news will be as good as it can be. If it is, it would mean that the vac is coming off and that in about another 10 days (maybe sooner) he would be able to finally get back into a chair. Now that would bring up another challenge, where the folks responsible of the prosthetic parts, including his seat, will need to get his chair and seat ready. With the removal of the HO, a couple of months back, the previous seat will no longer be functional for him.... I guess the excitement just never ends. I will be keeping you all up on what happens and all I can do is thank you, for your continued support and prayers.

Friday, November 23, 2012

We had a great visit with Jason and the rest of the family here in Bethesda. Now we head back to California and getting back to our lives. Jason was dealing with the lack of action, due to a new doctor on duty, and that was the biggest issue for controlling his pain. Linda and I had a great time being with everyone here and hope we can get back here sooner, rather than later. I don't have too much more to update with tonight, so I'll just say thank you, for all the continued prayers and support.
Okay, I'm finally getting to the blog again. It has been a busy time for all of us this past week, and we have been able to enjoy each other's company. Jason is dealing with some issues related to his pain management, and that is primarily due to the fact that some of the medical staff seem to forget that they need to check his medical chart prior to checking on him, though we managed to get through it. We have had a few visitors of note, such as the Commandant of The Marines, General Amos, and a few others who are a bit less famous. It was good seeing General Amos again, and I think Jason really enjoys chatting with him now. A bid difference from the first time they met.

Linda and I will be heading back to the SF Bay Area tomorrow morning, VERY early, and arriving in Oakland just after noon. We all have been invited to the inauguration in January (21st), so we will be heading back here in a matter of a couple of months. We won't be here for the Christmas holiday but since we will be back in January we can tolerate it a bit more easily.

We went shopping at the NEX today and found some things for the girls, so we'll get to deliver them just before we leave. We're also leaving some X-mas presents with a friend, so we won't have to worry about trying to mail them out here. Besides, he is probably going to be over in building 62 in a matter of a couple of weeks, and then the dealing with the mail change isn't something we'll necessarily have to worry about. We will be heading over to see Jason in a matter of a few minutes, so I'm going to sign off for now. I'll try to get another post in tonight, but if not I'll get it in tomorrow. Thank you, to all you supporters out there and for all the continued prayers.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Better day today, as I was able to work with Jason a bit more and had the opportunity to actually view the wounds, and how they are healing. Most of my concern was a result of the seepage from the skin graft area, though I did not see that yesterday - all I saw was areas of what looked like irritation. I was wrong in my assessment, and I'm happy about that. Jason's attitude and outlook are still very positive and both Linda and I feel he is getting better.

As for visitors, we had Susan and Dwight Sipprelle came to visit and to offer encouragement to Jason (and the rest of the family). Bridgette's mother and brother also came in today, so the family is getting bigger around here. Linda and I have been invited to about 6 different Thanksgiving dinners, so I don't think we're going to be going hungry any time soon. And the visit with the girls at their day care today was wonderful. We didn't spend a great deal of time with them there, but just enough to let them know we were still around and to help get them ready and down for their nap... Linda was in heaven.

The rest of the week is going to continue to be enjoyable, for all of us. Tomorrow Jason goes in for his regular procedure to take a look at the wound vac, and to make an assessment on whether or not it is going to be removed this week. I hope it does get removed, but also recognize that it could be next week before that happens. Thank you, all for your continued prayers and all the support you have been sending.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Well, we arrived yesterday and made our way to the hospital, here in Bethesda. We got to visit with Bridgette, Stacy and Jackie at first, and the girls were very surprised to see us. It was a great reunion, and I think it made Linda feel very good. The girls were all over her with hugs and kisses. After that encounter we went over to see Jason and found out that he wanted Taco Bell - so I headed down to pick up the order and, as usual, the order was goofed up - just not too bad this time. We stayed and visited for a short while, and then Bridgette and the girls also came over. About an hour later they went home and then we left another hour after that. Besides, we were getting tired and it was getting late.

It seems that Jason's recent skin graft is taking well, and in a matter of another 10 days or so he is supposed to be getting in his chair again - FINALLY! I am anxious for this to happen, as I need to know that he can get around again. I have seen some of the changes of his body, now that the surgeries are completed, and I am uncomfortable. I'm glad that we get to speak with the doctors tomorrow, and that we're actually going to get out with Jason and move around the base a bit. He will be heading down to one of the offices to take care of some personal business, and he will be "driving" his prone cart. I haven't see him operate it yet, so I hope it helps to assuage some of my concerns. His attitude and demeanor is still very positive and up beat, and that is a very good thing.

When Linda and I first got to the hospital we came across a couple of folks that we knew from the past, when we were here prior, and they were very excited to see us. It felt good to be here again, and be around people who were working to help - Tomorrow I hope to be able to get down to the MATC to see where Jason is getting his therapy, and ask what their plans are for his development, as well as where do they plan to keep the paragolfer, when it gets here at the end of next week. Unfortunately we won't be here to see it delivered. I will be doing my best to provide updates daily, while we're here and I would like to thank you, all for all your continued prayers and support.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Well, I'm finally going to get another update in here - apologies to all for the long delay in getting this out to you. Basically, Jason is doing okay, though there are still a number of challenges he is facing. He is not yet able to get into a chair and become more mobile, though he does have his prone cart, so that he can at least get down to the MATC (physical therapy area) and participate with the physical therapy, and more importantly, the social interaction. Sitting in his room social interaction consists of any visitors he might get, his family, and the medical staff. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it just could be a great deal better. That's why I'm happy about him getting out and down to the MATC.

Jason will be undergoing another surgery on this Friday, where they are going to be doing another skin graft. There is a bit more confidence in it this time, as the wounds have been progressing (slowly) and it has been a consistent progress. Previously it was a back and forth situation where there was some progress and then there was a bit of a set back. Let's all pray that this time it really does work, and Jason can see some solid progress towards being able to sit up again. I spoke with him today (actually every day for the past several days -- I'm just slow on getting some updates in) and he was telling me that he was ready to get out of the bed and into a chair. He spends just about all the time at a 45 degree angle and it helps to keep the pressure off the very sensitive areas, its just so boring now that he is starting to finally talk about it.

Linda (Mom) and I are planning to get out to visit with him over the Thanksgiving holiday week. All the arrangements have been made and as far as I can tell, all we need to do is pack our bags and get to the airport. We're anxious to see Jason, and especially the girls, Stacy and Jackie. I think we're going through some grandparent withdrawals or something. Anyway, it is something that we are looking forward to be doing this time around. Thank you, all for all your continued support and prayers and for continuing to follow in my blog. I need to start blocking out some time to get that book going again, and move forward with a decision on how to get it published. I might try to put it out as an e-book, and then be able to get it out in sections, or just wait to have it all together and release it all at once. Let me know what you think.