Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Well, we're a little closer to getting home, with at least a second target date now in front of us - March 15, at the latest. That still leaves open the possibility that it could happen sooner, so this weekend I get some of the packing accomplished. Fortunately, there really isn't too much to pack, and aside from his chairs, there really isn't that much to ship.

Jason only had the one appointment today, so we got to spend some time visiting and going to a couple of different places at the hospital. It was nice to see some of the folks we haven't seen in a while, but still it was kind of strange going in with a conversation that went something like this:

"Hi!, great to see you, we're leaving in a couple of weeks, or sooner."

Of course that wasn't ever actually said, but that is how it felt to me.

We had a couple of sandwiches for lunch today, and that was good, since we still do have some food here. Then for dinner tonight, we both kind of got in the mood for Chinese food... and so I went out and talked to a local firefighter, and he suggested that we go to this one particular restaurant, so that's what we did. Then the plan all fell apart. The parking was almost non-existent, right next to the restaurant, so I drove over to a parking garage that was close by. It was a reasonably large parking structure, looked like it would hold about 150 vehicles (maybe more), and it had some handicap parking, too; just none available. There were six (6) handicap parking slots and they were all taken, as well as the rest of the garage was full. I was actually a little disappointed that there were only six spaces, so we finally left and ended going to Taco Bell, and driving through to get our food.

We got back to the room and ate, then Jason put on a movie that he had rented earlier (Red Box) and I came to take care of my email and get this blog posted. Actually, I have a webinar that I want to listen in on tonight, and that starts pretty soon. It is for Policy Governance of a non-profit group... Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Thank you, for all your continued prayers and all the support coming our way. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jason is making good progress and about the biggest challenge we have right now, besides finding out when we're leaving, is getting some specialized supplies that he needs. I spent a few hours today, walking from one end of the hospital to another, going up and down in the elevators, and finally getting all the information needed to acquire this supply. That is, all the information except who actually produces the product. They are a specialized knit short that we have learned to use, to hold on his dressings, which allow us to not have to use any bandages or tape. The hospital doesn't actually carry this item, and it is currently only brought in via special order. With the national budget challenges going on, it is harder to obtain specialized items at a military hospital. Having said that, the folks at Wounded Warrior Project has offered to go out and purchase some, as long as I can get all the aforementioned information to them. Tomorrow, I believe I will be done.

As for when are we leaving - I'm hoping that it is known within a few days. I let them know that I need to be back in California, for my own appointment, in a matter of a couple of weeks, so that possibly was that little bit of extra pressure to finally get things to happen. We'll know more tomorrow.

Otherwise, the day has been a good day for Jason, we had lunch with Wounded EOD Warriors, and it was nice sitting down with the group and just visiting. Actually, I was a bit surprised at how many people with in the Cafe' today. I didn't see anything special, or out of the ordinary, going on yet there were probably 20% more folks there than I've seen on other lunch periods. It made maneuvering a bit of a challenge, but we still were able to get in okay.

I'll be getting up early tomorrow to get over to the gym, and then we can do whatever we want to do, since there is only the one late appointment. Thank you, for all the support and continued prayers.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sorry for getting to this so late in the day, but I had to take care of something for Linda and it took much longer than I originally planned. I had to save off all the photos we've taken, over the past couple of years, and put them on to a USB memory stick. I purchased one with 32Gb and found that it was adequate, since the photos only took up just over 29Gb. I brought the device to the computer and plugged it in (good so far) and the computer recognized the device (step two is good) Then I attempted to create a separate folder, called photos, so that it would be easy to figure out where the pictures were. This is when it got very strange. I've never previously had a USB device not work, and it looked like this one was, only at the time of creating the folder it suddenly got stupid.

I tried doing this a couple of times, with the same results so I figured I needed to take it back down to Best Buy, where I made the original purchase and took it over to their service geeks. The guy took it and I asked him to try it out on one of their systems. He came back and said, "Hey, I tried it and it worked fine, but you can still replace it if you want." I asked him, did you try to copy anything to the device, or create a folder. He said he hadn't and walked back to his computer. This time (it took just a little longer) when he came back he said he didn't understand, and that the USB device must have gotten its formatting messed up. It wasn't working for him. I said I'd just get another and try to do my file work on the new one. Well I got back to the apartment and it took 2 1/2 hours to copy all the pictures across. Now I just have to mail it to Linda and hope that it isn't damaged along the way.

Jason wasn't feeling right this afternoon, so he mostly stayed in bed, but that's what he does anyway. He slept for a number of hours and when I fixed him dinner (just a bowl of soup) he was feeling a little better. Not sure what was going on, but I hope it isn't the flu or anything like that. The fact that he wanted ice cream before the evening was over made me feel a little better, though I am still going to  have him take it a little easier tomorrow.

Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support -

Monday, February 25, 2013

Good day today, as Jason went to his appointments and at the first appointment we found out about something, that we were only guessing at. Jason has been dealing with this chronic pain on his left side, and it has been there for several months. Today we saw the Ortho doctor, Dr. F. and he said that it was due to a nerve build up right at a spot where the bone was close to the surface, and it also happens to be a pressure point where he sits. Well, at least with this knowledge we now know why it is there, and some of what can be done about it. He is the doctor who went in and removed the 10lbs of H.O. from Jason's left side and he said that he would really rather not have to go back in and remove more; that there are other treatments now being worked that might help more effectively.

Seems that Dr. F. got the idea of alternate removal methods from working on Jason, more than a year ago, and now he is got some research going. He felt pretty positive about what he was doing, that's the good news; and, he also said that in about two years he thinks he'll be ready to try it on humans, specifically Jason. Of course Jason has to agree to it before it happens, and the research has to come out positive, but like I said, he seemed to be very confident about the work. He said that the excising of the tissue that they did on Jason earlier, back in August was basically the same thing they've been doing for the H.O. problem for more than 1000 years (that's one thousand), and there have been very little changes along the way. He is looking at making a change. Let's hope that his research does work and that it helps Jason down the road.

We get to sleep in tomorrow since he doesn't have any appointments until the afternoon, so I'm going to get up and probably head over to the gym and then come back and fix breakfast. Tonight we had chicken, rice and vegetables. It turned out pretty good, and now we have chicken ready for tomorrow night, too, if that is what we decide to eat. I may try something different, but that depends on how I'm feeling when it comes to fixing dinner tomorrow. Thank you, for all your continued support and all the prayers coming our way.
Well, I'm embarrassed that I didn't know there was a First Lady for California. I guess I wasn't following the life and times of Jerry Brown closely enough to know that he actually got married in 2005. Ann Gust Brown is our First Lady of California and I respectfully bow to that. Unfortunately, I did not see her at the luncheon, so I didn't get a chance to speak with her; she may have been there, I don't know. Thank you, to all those who pointed out my error, and educated me... I really need to pay more attention... ;-)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Good day and evening for Jason. He had a couple of visitors from his old EOD Company, and it was a wonderful opportunity for him to just talk with fellow Marines who really understand what it is he did, as well as having some idea of what he is going through. Both of these guys have been injured and are adjusting to a life with other challenges, and all of them can relate to one another. Neither of them are amputees, so that is unique to Jason, but that didn't stop the fellowship and bonding.

We all went out to dinner and had a great time. I guess we stayed a little longer than the restaurant wanted us to, as the servers kept coming back, after we were done eating, asking that usual question, "Is everything alright? Can I get you anything?" That is usually code for, "We'd like to clear the table to make it ready for someone else." And I have no problems with that, except the restaurant wasn't that busy, and there were plenty of open tables. Anyway, we stayed for a little while and then left to head back to bldg 62. We dropped them off at their vehicle and then came back up to our apartment.

That was the end of the day, and will allow us to be ready for this new week. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Another easy relaxed day, and we both enjoyed it. Both of us ended up sleeping in late, and Jason told me that he slept through the night, which he hasn't done in a long time. I could tell he was feeling good, as I felt pretty good too. I went to the gym for about an hour, after fixing breakfast for Jason, and then came back to the room. We did have lunch with the First Spouses of the United States (some of them are men, so it has to be said that way). Specifically, we were joined at our table by the wife of the Governor of Alaska, Sandy Parnell. She was a very nice lady who sat next to Jason and so we got to talk quite a lot with her. The First Lady of California wasn't there, so we didn't get to sit with her... wait a minute, Governor Brown isn't married, so there is no First Lady! Okay, so much for humor... Our time with Mrs. Parnell was quite nice, and she invited Jason and I to come up to Alaska to see all that they have to offer, for those who enjoy being in the great out doors.

Tonight was baked pork chops and vegetables, and then we just stayed back and relaxed. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers being sent our way.  

Friday, February 22, 2013

Just a quick update for today, as I am really kind of tired right now, as it has been a busy day. It was a good day, just busy. The wounds are looking good and the doctors are all sounding positive. We have to go with one more appointment on Monday and then possibly by Tuesday (maybe I'm an optimist) we should have a much better idea of when we might be heading back to California.

I got another good workout at the gym today, though it was only about 30 minutes in length. I hope that being consistent with the workouts will allow me to lengthen the amount of time to go beyond an hour will happen in a matter of just a couple (several) weeks. Of course the transition to San Diego is going to have an impact on this, but I figure it will all be positive.

Tonight we went out to one of the sponsored dinners, and it was at the Washington Press Club. The meal was excellent and we did not come home hungry, not even slightly. The folks from the Aleethia organization put it on, and they always do a great job. We did get to have dinner (he sat next to me) with one of the New Zealand diplomats, a Navy Lieutenant Commander. We had a great time talking about traveling through the United States, as he has a hope that while he is stationed here he can learn more about this great country.

Afterward we drove back to the base and up to building 62, where we were both kind of tired and ready to call it a day. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and all the support being sent our way.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Well, we're a day closer to getting back to San Diego, though we still don't know when that is going to be. I am hoping that we find out a little more definitive information by Tuesday next week, or perhaps even sooner. I need to get the lease updated on the vehicle we have, on Tuesday, so it is pretty basic that we need to know.

Today was a relaxed day for Jason, as he had just the one appointment, and then we needed to get to the grocery store. We managed to do some control shopping, in that we didn't want to have too much more food, than what we would need for the remainder of our stay here. We bought enough to get us through another week, and then we'll need t get over to the store again. We might have to buy more milk, but right now I think that will be all. Before going to the store we actually had a special guest come by for a short visit with Jason.

I was up on the 2nd deck (that's what they call the floors - "deck"), and I happened to see a familiar face and he recognized me. We stopped and spoke for a few moments and then I asked if he would like to come to see Jason. He said he would, so we headed over to the room. I opened the door and called out to Jason that we had a guest, and that he wanted to visit with Jason. I brought him to Jason's room and Jason was a bit surprised to see Mike Wall, dressed in a suit, come into his room. Mike has been mentioned in previous posts, only in the past (over a year ago) he was Lt. Col. Mike Wall. He was the C.O. of the Wounded Warrior Battalion when Jason and I were here last. Since then he has retired and is now working for one of the contractors, and it was really good to visit with him. He stayed for about 15 minutes or so and then had to get going, and said he might be able to come back again. It was actually kind of funny, in that Jason still referred to him as "sir", and Mike kept saying, "Call me Mike, I'm a civilian now."

I fixed stroganoff over noodles this time, and again I used turkey instead of beef. It came out great and Jason and I had two servings each. We both ate too much, but it tastes so good. Anyway, the day is coming to an end and Jason is just relaxing, watching TV.  Thank you, for all the continued prayers and all the support.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another good day for Jason, as we were up and ready to go pretty early and arrived at the OT session right on time, which means about 5 minutes late... ;-) Actually, I got up a little earlier and went to the gym and had my first work out session, but really didn't do much. I'm going to have to get back into it slowly I guess. Funny how the body doesn't work as well at 60 as it did when I was 20 - I just can't figure that out. I got back to the apartment a little later than I wanted to and that's why we were a little late, despite the effort of getting up earlier.

After OT Jason heads over to PT and Mike, who is also a Navy Lt., worked Jason pretty hard today, and Jason worked up a good sweat. We then went over to the Wound Care where there was a bunch of talk about how well the wounds were doing and Kara, the lead in that department, showed me some pictures of the wounds and how they have progressed over the past several weeks/months. After we were done with that we walked down to Main Street and then even went for a short visit up to the 3rd and 4th floors. It was good to see some of the folks that worked with Jason, when he was an inpatient, though it was also kind of interesting to see just how many were still there and how many had left.

We headed back to the room and did not go to have lunch with the Wounded EOD Warriors, who were in the Cafe' with Sherri B. Jason needed to rest as I think that work out really did him in. Besides we were also invited to go out to dinner tonight with our friend Susan S. We decided to go to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner and had a good time. Sue showed up at about 19:00 (7:00pm) and then we took off down the road. The only unfortunate aspect was at the end of the dinner, when Jason needed to get back to the room a little sooner than originally planned. Sue had to catch a taxi to get herself back to her hotel and I think Jason felt a little awkward but Sue is a very gracious person and told him it was okay, she knew how to get back. By the time we were back at building 62 Jason was feeling pretty much normal again, and that is a good thing.

Tomorrow we will again start with an earlier day, and then head off to appointments. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Almost back to our regular routine, except starting on Tuesday instead of Monday, and scheduled appointments for Monday are now doubled up for today, and everywhere was crowded because everyone else was also doing their Monday appointments and Tuesday appointments today... Other than that it was pretty much just a regular day... ;-)

Actually though Jason only had his Wound Care appointment to deal with today, and they were busy, but we were done with everything before noon. We got to talk a little about what he would like to do when we get to San Diego, and mostly he is interested in seeing his girls, but I guess that probably isn't much of a surprise to anyone. The weather here got a little cooler, and then I found out that California weather got a bit cooler too - still warmer than here though.

I went over to the gym to see what they have, and it is laid out really nicely. There is an Olympic sized pool; a nice gymnasium to play basketball or indoor volleyball and other hardwood court games as well as an indoor track that circles the courts, raised about 12 feet up; there is a well equipped weight room that I may check out; and, most importantly (to me) a spin cycle room with about 20 stationary bikes. I plan to go there tomorrow to see what I can see.

I went to make dinner and then realized I had forgotten to take the meat out of the freezer so we went with Taco Bell, again tonight. I took the meat out for dinner, for tomorrow, and will go with it tomorrow. Thank you, all for all your continued support and prayers.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Another relatively easy day - we got up late, and had breakfast; Linda did a little cleaning up and then some packing; and, Jason and I took her to the air port. It was sad to see her leave so soon, but she needs to get back to her day care, and in a matter of a few weeks (no more than 3 I hope) we'll be heading back to San Diego. When that happens we'll at least be closer to home, and then we can figure out what our next steps are going to be. I'm sending out a big Thank you, to our friend Rob for picking her up at the air port. I know he really isn't feeling all the great, but insisted on doing this for us. I am anxious to get back to Livermore so he and I can start our bike riding again.

After Jason and I got back to the house I did another load of clothes and fixed dinner. Jason took a shower and then ate dinner and effectively went to bed - as in going to sleep. I did another load a little later, and as soon as I pop them in to the dryer I'll be going to bed too. Thank you, all for sending the prayers and support our way, it is appreciated.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pretty lite day today, Linda did a bunch of straightening out around the place, she really does love to get things organized, and packed up. She knows we're going to be leaving soon, so she wants to "know" that some of the stuff is going to arrive in a better state of being... ;-) I fixed breakfast, and dinner, and Linda fixed lunch. I have to admit her sandwiches tasted much better than the ones I was making - she says that a good sandwich always tastes better when someone else makes it, so who am I to argue.

Jason wanted to go out to the movies so we went and saw the new Bruce Willis Die Hard movie. It was kind of over the top Hollywood, with far too many crashes and lots of explosions, not to mention the number of people being shot. You'd think that maybe after a while the folks in Hollywood would get the idea that maybe, just maybe they should consider cutting back on the violence and start to send more positive messages to the general public. Invictus was a very positive movie, and nobody got shot. Oh well, I'll get off my soapbox.

Tomorrow is President's Day and therefore a federal holiday and the hospital is closed. Jason doesn't have any appointments, so we don't have to get up too early. Linda will be heading home tomorrow, so Jason and I will be taking her to the airport in the afternoon, then we're back on our own again. This time, though, we feel like we are going to be going back to California pretty soon. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and all the support being sent our way.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Easy day today, for everybody. We got a late start (everybody basically slept in), we didn't get going until after 08:00, and that was a nice change of pace. We decided to go out to breakfast this morning, since Jason knows his mom enjoys going to The Original Pancake House, he said we should go there this morning. Afterward we did a little shopping at Target and then headed back home. We were on our way back when we connected with  Steve and he came over to the house a short while after we got there. He apparently stopped off at a store on the way over and picked up a bunch of stuff to eat, so we'll be set for the next couple of days, to say the least. I can't wait to try the Mennonite fried chicken... that's what he called it.

Tonight we ended up going out to dinner, since I had received a couple of gift cards for Barrabba's, and Jason wanted to do something different.  The gift cards came from Semper Fi and covered the meal and drinks, so we had a pretty good time. I still have the Valentine gift card that Jason and I will have to use in the next couple of weeks, as I don't think we're going to be here much longer than that. Not much else to write about today, and perhaps that is a good thing. Thank you, for the continued prayers and support.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Well, as a quick follow up to yesterday's rant about not having a bed - we made it through the night. I had some cushions on the ground and we slept okay. I went back to the Marines, and actually the Lead RCC and asked him why we didn't get a bed. He apologized, as did another RCC and they came up with the idea that I should just go out and purchase an inflatable mattress and then they would reimburse me for the expense. I did that, and now we have a place to sleep that is better than on the floor. Also bought sheets, just to make sure it was comfortable.  BTW - the RCCs are both civilian, as the Marines had little to do with this.

Jason had a good day, though Mike (PT) didn't come in today. He had to pull a late night assignment and so he wasn't able to come back in today. That was okay, because it meant that Jason had that hour to do a few other little chores he wanted to get done, and I was able to get back to the RCC's (mentioned above) to get other issues taken care of.

Linda and I went out tonight and enjoyed ourselves. Jason didn't want to come along and just rested. We made sure he had something to eat, and then we were off. We came back a few hours later and everything was okay. I went through my email and then did this blog post, and in a little while we'll be going to bed. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jason didn't have much in the way of appointments today, just his regular mental health visit. He enjoys going as it gives him another source to vent to. Afterword we took care of some personal stuff, including going to the post office and getting a hair cut. That took about another hour and then we came back to the apartment. The day, being Valentines Day, had decorations and hearts everywhere, including building 62. There were some tables set up at the front so we went over to check them out. I was all for it, since it was the first time I have seen Jason wanting to do something like that. He did pick up a couple of things, and then we headed back to the room, where I called Linda. It was getting late and I wanted to be sure to speak with her before she flew out to come here.

  Not sure what happened today, but I was supposed to have been provided a follow up on what was going to be happening, considering Linda is coming in tonight - actually she should be here in about an hour. The way the rooms are set up, there is a single large bed - the one set up for Jason, and there is a smaller bed in the other room - the one I use. I asked. last week, if we could get another bed in the room, so that Linda and I could actually sleep together, since we don't get many chances of doing that lately. I reminded them a couple of times, and they said they would be getting back to me - it didn't happen. I can throw together some of the cushions from the couch, and then place the smaller mattress with it, and that will work tonight, but I hope it isn't what we end up with for the duration of her stay. Stay tuned for the fun adventures of Linda and George, while they try to get some sleep.

Jason finally did get his chance to cook dinner. He made one of his famous soups, and it was good, very good. He used carrots, celery, potatoes, and bratwurst. I don't believe he measured anything, he just grabbed the large pan (I think it is an 8 quart pan), put some water in it and then all the vegetables. He added some cilantro, chives and several other spices and brought it to a boil. The brats were cut up and (I think there were 8 of them) put into the pan. Everything cooked for another 10 - 12 minutes, and then we ate. I think I would have liked to have had a little more spiciness to it, but it wasn't too bad. We now have some for lunch tomorrow.

Now we're just waiting for Linda to get here, and then we can all get to sleep. Actually, Jason is already asleep, so after she gets here we'll just go to sleep and start a new day tomorrow. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jason had a good day today, with a very good work out at the gym, I mean PT, with me doing most of the conditioning with him. Actually the day started as it usually does with OT, just prior to PT, only this time there was just a great deal of activity and there was no place for him to do his regular OT work, in their area. As a result he came over to one of the PT mats, and just stayed there for both hours. One of the Marine Generals came by to visit with Jason for a short while, and I think that made him feel pretty good. The General had come by to visit with Jason, shortly after he first arrived at that hospital, back in August, and I guess Jason had a bit of an impression on him. This was the first time for me to have met the General, and I simply did not get his name, so I apologize for that.

Today was a little different for me too, as I received a message that I was "invited" to an NMA (Non-Medical Attendant) meeting, and it was starting just as we were finishing up with the PT. Jason had all he needed for wound care, so I took off to go see what this meeting was about. It is an effort to make sure that the NMAs were all receiving the help they need and that they (we?) didn't have any issues or problems that needed to be dealt with. As far as I am concerned, things are going the way I would like them to, and that the only immediate issue for me was making sure that Linda was picked up at the air port tomorrow, when she flies in. Some of the folks, however, had a number of things that needed to be corrected, or at least followed up on. I don't know if it is because Jason is a Marine, or if I just lucky, or what, but those with the biggest issues were on the Army side. I really do feel the Marines have all the bugs worked out and have a pretty smooth operations. Army is playing catch up... in my humble opinion.

After the meeting I walked back down over to the room and had to pass the Warrior Cafe', and saw Jason there. The Wounded EOD Warriors were there (every Wednesday) to have lunch with all the EOD guys, and it made me feel pretty good to see him there. I was glad to see him getting some social interaction without me being the push to make it happen. In fact, I just came back to the room and only stopped in to check on him and to say a quick, "Hi!" The rest of the day was very laid back and now here it is the end of another day. I'm anxious for tomorrow to happen, so that Linda and I can have some time together again, and it also brings us another day closer to getting back to San Diego. Thank you, for all your continued support and all the prayers.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jason seemed to be at a lower energy level today, though he stayed positive and went through the motions. I think he is missing his girls more, especially since Valentine's Day is coming up and he wanted to get them a couple of little gifts. Problem we ran into was that some of his appointments ran a bit longer than originally planned, and he didn't have time to get to the post office before they closed, so he could send them off in time. Maybe its my imagination but he seemed a bit lower today.

He typically does not have many (if any) appointments on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Today he had four appointments, and they were scattered out through the day, and on top of that a couple of them took a bit longer than we had hoped. There was good news with the appointments, as we found that everything was moving along in a good positive manner, and everyone was feeling good about all that was happening. We have a "general" idea of when some of the next surgeries are going to be taking place, and perhaps we can look at a 6-month window or less of time, for them to happen. I know that 6-months may seem like a long time out, but at least there is now a general target that we can look forward to. Continually moving, one day at a time and become such drudgery over the period of several months. Actually, though, when you think about it, his last big surgery was about 5-months ago, and that doesn't seem that long ago, so looking ahead for 6-months really isn't too bad.

There was a little Semper Fi Valentine type dinner tonight, so Jason didn't have to cook dinner. We got over there and won a $100 gift card door prize. I think we need to go to more of these events... The dinner was nice, with a couple of different pasta type dishes and a couple of nice salads. Jason and I sat down and soon there were a couple of people who came over and sat with us. One of them was the Sergeant Major that we had gotten to know from the previous visit. I apologize for not writing it down here, but to tell the truth, I don't know how to spell it, and it has about 10 letters. The Colonel also came by and the Admiral's head of legal also came by (the Sergeant Major told us he was a civilian, but had the equivalent rank of a 3-star general). The people were all great, and I got to visit with a few of the Semper Fi folks who I hadn't had a chance to talk with, so it was all very good.

Jason was ready to get going at about the same time the event was scheduled to be over. I believe that if we had brought some containers we could have taken some of the food back to the apartment. If we weren't planning on leaving in the next couple of weeks I might have done just that. We have some food to use up already, so I felt it was better not to. Thank you, all for all your continued support and prayers.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Today was a very good day for Jason, as he went to his OT and PT appointments and showed that he was indeed improving in many ways. The only down part of it was that I didn't grab the camera before we left the apartment  (I've decided to start calling it an apartment, because basically, that's what it is.). The OT went pretty normal, with him getting the electrical stimulation in his right hand and arm, and he engaged in some very good conversation with a few other folks while we were there. I figured that with the way he was going today, it had to be a good day. I had no idea it was going to get even better.

When he went over to the PT area, I helped him get set up on the workout table/platform (its an adjustable 8ft X 8ft padded platform that can go up to about 3 1/2 feet in elevation or down to about 18 inches). Mike, Jason's main PT therapist came over and started him working out with a number of exercises. I went and picked up the 20lb medicine ball and did some catching/throwing exercises with Jason and then he worked with dumbbells. When everything was done, that Jason would normally do with his exercises he simply got on to his belly and then lifted himself up, balancing on his hands. We had seen him do this before, but this time he was much more steady, and then he started doing push-ups. Mike's jaw dropped a little, as he had not seen Jason do this and to tell the truth, it made me feel pretty good too. Jason's moves were very smooth and it showed just how much strength he was building back in his arms, and more importantly, his wrists. He only did a couple of them  and then told Mike that he felt a little discomfort in his right hand, and Mike said that was to be expected, considering that it had been broken so badly, from the original injury. This would have made a great video, so I now know to keep the camera with me.

Tonight we had pork chops and baked potatoes with mixed vegetables. Afterward I made a couple of root beer floats, and I'm still feeling pretty full. Tomorrow Jason is fixing dinner, so I'm pretty anxious to see how well his cooking skills are still working. The appointments are pretty low tomorrow, as he has two, so we will have plenty of time to get things done. Thank you, all for all the prayers and continued support - Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

This was a do nothing day - well, okay we did a couple of loads of laundry and cooked a couple of meals, but otherwise we didn't do much of anything. Tomorrow begins a new week of activity for Jason and I'll be keeping track of it here so that the rest of you can follow along. Thank you, all for your continued prayers and all your support. Take care and God Bless.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A bit of a different day for us today, in that the only thing we did, other than hand around the "house" was to go grocery shopping. Jason got in the mood to do some cooking, and I wasn't about to stop him from doing what he enjoys doing. We went and purchased a few things that I knew we needed, and then several things that Jason wanted. Afterward we came back home and put the stuff away and Jason got back into bed. I did do some laundry, and made lunch and then we kind of kicked back. He will be doing the cooking tomorrow, so I'm actually kind of anxious to see what he plans on making. He is a great cook and very adventurous when it comes to food. Tonight I did some stir fry and it came out much better than I thought it would. I don't have a wok, so I had to improvise, and it still worked.

Also, I loaded some pictures up on FaceBook, as there are a number of people out there who have been requesting photos, so they are now posted. I'll continue to put up pictures on the blog, though it does take a bit longer to do so, especially when working through a wi-fi connection. That was basically our day, and tomorrow I suspect it won't be too much different. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Good day for Jason to be feeling good, 'cause he was worked pretty good in PT today. Mike (his PT Therapist) had Jason doing a bunch of different things, all focused on strengthening his arms, shoulders, back and most importantly... his heart. Jason was sweating so much that his towel was actually noticeably heavier when he was done, and Jason was noticeably tired. He had already done his OT exercises, and electrical stimulation of the right arm, so once he was done with the PT we were off to Wound Care.

Wound Care was quite busy today. Busiest that I've seen them so far, though it hasn't been quite a month yet. We were backed up in the hall way for a few minutes, and then they were able to finish with two of the guys, and get everybody into their respective "rooms." They each have at least three walls and a curtain to provide some privacy, and some of them have four walls and a door. Today was different because Plastics was there checking on the guys with the head of the department doing the exams. I was happy to see it and it gave me a chance to talk directly with the man in charge to ask some direct questions with regard to Jason's treatments and planned course of action. I particularly liked what he said about the skin flaps and how they were going to provide a high level of comfort for Jason, and he showed me generally how they were going to get it done.

About the only thing that didn't run smoothly was the visit to Urology. Apparently the doctor that Jason was supposed to have seen today was not able to make Jason's appointment. I am assuming that it was due to a more pressing issue in the hospital, as that does happen from time to time. Jason took it in stride and he simply set up another appointment for next week. We also spoke with his Recovery Care Coordinator (RCC) and she informed us that she had the wheels turning and that we should still look to the end of February or very early March for getting back to California. It was good to hear this news as it reinforces what we were hoping for.

For dinner we decided to do something a little different, and we went for Five Guys hamburgers. They were pretty good, and it was relatively quick. The best part was that I drove down to the  Five Guys store and back again in a pretty fast manner. I was concerned that I was going to be running into traffic, because of the storm that is headed this way, but it wasn't bad at all. After eating, Jason soon fell asleep, and it didn't surprise me at all. Like I said earlier, he had a busy day and probably needed the rest. Thank you, for all the continued support and all the prayers being sent our way, I hope you enjoy the new pictures from today.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Jason had only one appointment today, so we really didn't do that much. We got up a little later than usual, about 08:00 and I fixed some scrambled eggs with sausage and toast - and then we went off to the appointment. The appointment was only one hour, and it was over until next week, when we'll do the same thing, only I'm going to go for hash browns this next time.

We came back to the room and I did a little cleaning, though there really wasn't a bunch of that to do. I went upstairs to make sure everyone was aware that Linda would be coming out, and we're hoping that all goes well, so that she can be here on the 14th. I also found out that because of the success of the Marines, and their process for keeping track of what and how the Wounded Warriors are doing, it is being adopted DOD wide. That basically means that the Army is going to have to start doing things like the Marines and in order for them to be able to do that they are going to be wanting to interview some Marines. Yes, you guessed it, Jason and I have been selected to be interviewed. Not sure when that is to happen, but it will be relatively soon. Also, because this is a "new" program/process, and Jason is going to be heading to Balboa, we are also the lucky ones to be on a pilot program to insure the hand off from one area to another goes smoothly. I really don't think there is going to be much of an issue with it, since we did it once before. Just this time it is going to be more of something that is going to be watched more closely.

This evening ended with Mardi Gras in the Warrior Cafe'. It was being put on by the Yellow Ribbon Fund, and there were some good eats available. Actually, we had forgotten it was going to be going on and Jason and I had talked about going out for a pizza. I haven't had one in several weeks and was in the mood to eat pizza. Not too sure about where there is a good pizzeria around here, so now we'll have to look again tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, we're making progress everyday.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Today was a smooth and nice day for Jason and me. We got up early and I fixed some oatmeal for breakfast. I had blueberries with mine, but Jason won't touch anything that has "erry" on the end of its name. I think it has to do with the fact that Linda (Mom) ate strawberries just about everyday while carrying Jason, but that is another story. We headed over to the MATC where Jason got his OT work in. They are still working on his right hand and arm, getting the flexibility and ulnar nerve working like it is supposed to. There is some progress, and still more to accomplish.

Next we went over to PT, where he basically did a number of exercises. I'm anxious for him to continue working with the weights and building up. My guess is that he will be able to work well with up to 25lb. dumbbells before we head back to San Diego. Jason worked up a good sweat and then when he was finished we headed over to Wound Care. This is where he gets his wounds checked out and new bandages placed on them. Wound Care happens 3 days a week, and those are the three days I don't have to change the bandages... usually.

When we were all done with that, we headed over to the post office and then he wanted to check out Red Box and found that they were low on their selections. That's okay, as he has several DVDs back at the room and we can come check again later this week. Lunch followed this activity and we found a table at the Warrior Cafe', with several EOD guys and their families, and Sherry Beck. Just about every Wednesday she comes over to the Cafe' and has lunch with the guys. As it turned out, Adam, one of her co-workers, was there and he had some very interesting information for Jason, with regard to his home. It is quite lengthy, so all I'll say is that it will help Jason to get rid of his home in North Carolina.

The rest of the day was spent back in the room, except for when I had to take off to Target. Well, I didn't "have to" go, I just felt it was an opportunity to get over there and pick up a couple of things for the kitchen, that I really wanted to get. I was gone for about an hour and then Jason and I spent the rest of the day just relaxing and fixing dinner. That was pretty much it for today... Now yesterday was another story. We got the chance to meet a couple of Generals, and had a great time talking with them. The day was close to a photo copy of today, but I just simply forgot to post the blog - I guess I was tired or something. I spoke with Linda last night and then went to bed, which I'll probably do again today, only this time I have the blog post written and ready...only I'm going to post now! ;-)

Thank you, for all the continued prayers for Jason and the family, and thank you for all the support being sent our way. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A very nice day today, to be sure. Even though the Niners failed to win the Super Bowl last night, we woke up feeling pretty good. We got up and got ready to head over to his appointments, and the day went well. OT and PT didn't reveal anything new, other than Jason can toss a 20lb ball (one of the old medicine balls) to his therapist, and even a few times to me. When you get hit with the ball you know you've just stopped something heavy. It was pretty impressive how well he handled it, and just how hard he could toss it. Anyway, he was worked pretty good at PT, and Mike (the therapist) also worked on Jason's right shoulder a bit more, to get it loosened up.

After that we went over to Wound Care and all that looked good, and making some progress. There is still quite a bit to heal up, but progress is still very good. Once we were done with all this we headed over to the Post office where I was disappointed that the package from Linda didn't arrive yet. My guess is it should be  waiting for us tomorrow or Wednesday. Then we just headed back over to building 62 and back to his suite to get some lunch and rest. After that I did a little running around trying to get some information, but all I found was that people were either not available, or busy, so I decided to come back later. Of course, later ran a little longer than planned and I didn't get back up to see them. I did, however, get to meet some new people, and that was good. While I was up running around, Jason was back in the room, on the phone with a friend of ours, Gary K. and they had a nice chat about anything and everything. It was good to see Jason engage in conversation and see that his mind was sharp.

A little later this evening we received a special gift/surprise - Shauna E. came by to visit and it was great to see her. She and I talked for a good 10-12 minutes, and she and Jason talked for about an hour or more. Okay, she came mostly to see Jason, so it stands to reason that he would get most of the visiting done, besides, I was cooking dinner. Shauna left to go to her dance practice and she said that if we're still in the area we will get to come see her in the production she is working on. If that's the case then I'm going to be working to get Linda out here to so she can see it with us.

Dinner was roasted chicken with broccoli and both Jason and I had plenty; the left overs are in the refrigerator. That has been pretty much the day today. Tomorrow I will continue to search out information as I get time, and help Jason as he needs it. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Well, Jason and I went to the Super Bowl "Party" at the cafe' and we had a pretty good time. We saw some people we haven't seen much of, and met some new folks as well. The biggest surprise though, was connecting up with Theresa Sareo, who we got to know a couple of years ago (almost) when Jason was first in the hospital. We ended up having dinner with her and talking for a bit. We took a couple of pictures and then watched some of the Super Bowl. Oh, and one other person we got to meet was Joe Andruzzi, from the Patriots. He was there with his three Super Bowl Rings and let Jason wear them for pictures. He proved to be a very nice guy and went out of his way to allow us to take a couple of pictures with him. He also autographed a photo for Jason.

The game started at 18:30 (6:30pm) and we had been there for almost 3 hours by then. Jason wasn't able to stay up in his chair much longer, and still be comfortable. We headed back to the room where he got back in to bed and turned the game on. Funny part is that he was asleep in a matter of about 15 minutes and slept through the rest of the game. Probably a good thing, considering how it turned out. The guys made a valiant effort to come back, but just didn't get there.

Tomorrow is the beginning of another week, and we'll be seeing all the regular folks for his schedule. I'm also going to be attempting to find out how much longer we are to be here. Jason wants to get back to San Diego, so he can be closer to his kids. He calls them each night and gets to talk with them, for at least a little while. A 2 and 4 year old really don't talk much on the phone, but enough to make him feel a little closer and better. Thanks, for all the continued support and all the prayers being sent our way. I'll get more pictures on tomorrow.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Well, its the end of the day and I'm ready to go to bed. Jason is probably watching something on TV right now, as he was, when I told him good night a little while ago. Since then I've spoken to both my son David and Linda, and told both of them good night, so now on with the blog.

Jason spent a good portion of the day sleeping, and that tells me he is still healing up, and his body is using a great deal of energy repairing itself. I did a little more cleaning around the place and even a load of laundry, and basically it was a relaxed day for the both of us. I got out for a few minutes to go see what they were doing in the dinning area, it is where there is to be a Super Bowl gathering. I don't want to call it a party, though it will have a festive atmosphere. From what I can tell, there are going to be several groups/sponsors with their tables set up, and lots of things to be given away (t-shirts and hats, and stuff like that). There are two large screens set up, so that people can watch at either end of the dinning hall, with another four smaller screens that can be seen from other angles.

It has been interesting the number of 49er fans that are here, since this is Ravens territory. I'll be wearing my 49er shirt and Jason will probably wear my 49er sweatshirt. The activities begin at about 15:30 (3:30pm) and my guess is there will be lots of food, too. Since it does start that late I might get a chance to go shopping for some things, as I didn't go today. Fortunately we don't need too much, but it would be good to have some of the stuff going into next week.

Not much else to go over today - and that is probably a good thing, it means nothing happened. Oh, there was one little tidbit that did happen of note. Besides the calls that came in from family, Jason did receive an email from Gary Sinise, letting him know when he was planning on coming out to visit with Jason. I just told Jason that I hope we're here when he gets here, since we don't know when we're leaving yet. Ah... the life of the unknown... ;-) Thank you, for all your continued prayers and all the support you continue to shower us with.
Many apologies to everyone - I just realized I didn't do a posting last night, and I fully intended to. I will also post tonight... as long as I don't forget... ;-)

Jason had a pretty good day yesterday, as we began with a hot oatmeal breakfast, and I had blueberries with mine (Jason doesn't like blueberries), and then we were off to his appointments. His first stop was with OT, and the therapist wasn't there. There were others, but they didn't know where the electrical stimulator was, for his right hand/arm. Jason was okay with not getting the "shock therapy," as he calls it - instead he grabbed a Lego model of one of the Star Wars sweep-wing fighters and began putting that together. He made it about half way through before we had to leave for his next appointment. It is the kind of thing that he really enjoys doing, especially getting to work with the small pieces and following the detail. The therapist did show up, towards the end of the visit and explained that he had to get his wife to the doctor and it took longer than expected, so he was forgiven...;-)

While Jason was doing his physical therapy I went off to take care of a couple of errands around the hospital, with the Post Office being the biggest one. Linda sent me a couple of packages and only one of them showed up. Fortunately the more important one did make here first, I'll have to wait until Monday for my boots (because of the snow I asked her to send them to me). I was wearing my 49er shirt, so I was getting some comments from folks, with most of them being positive. Some were on the teasing side, but still friendly.

We then went to Wound Care and no new developments there. He is making good progress, and it is hoped that it will continue. He is in good spirits and feeling physically good. The doctors have cut back on some of his pain meds, as Jason wants to get away from them if he can, and there haven't been any negative side affects seen. We went back to the room in 62 and then just kicked back for awhile.

Finally we ended up going to the cinema. Jason wanted to go see Hansel and Gretal, and it was showing in 3D. The movie was interesting, in their take on the nursery rhyme but I really can't say that I'd recommend it, unless you like lots of blood and mess. We came back "home" after that and then went to bed - it was after 22:00 (10pm).  Thank you, for continuing to follow the blog and for sending all the prayers our way. The support has been very much appreciated.