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Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Birthday! Jason turned 30 years old today, and I'm looking forward to the next 30+. Of course that would put me over 90, so perhaps I'm stretching things a bit... or not. I meant to go for a long bike ride today - about 30 miles - but due to some coordination efforts, and me not wanting to get up this morning, it was put off. I'll have to wait a couple of days before the opportunity comes along again. Besides, it is supposed to be warmer tomorrow, and I'm not sure I want to ride in the heat.

The girls are both doing well, as is Linda. Jason kicked back for a good portion of the day, and in general it has been a very nice birthday for Jason. We had a little party at the end of the day, and we all had some cake (or at least a cup cake). Jason likes chocolate cake and I don't, so I had a nice little white cup cake. Linda was being her normal creative self, and had a 2 and a 9 candle on the cake, with a separate solitary candle placed in front of the two numbers. I thought it was a cute way to indicate 30.

The girls got their baths, and insisted on Grandpa telling them a story, so after Grandma got them in bed I took over. I think it is because when I tell them the story I will shake the bed for earth quakes and stuff like that. My stories are very active...;-) Anyway, they're both asleep by now, and I am just finishing up the blog. Thank you, for all your continued support and all the prayers, take care and stay positive.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Today was a totally relaxed day for Jason, though the morning started out a little on the confusing side. Initially we thought we were going to be needing to take Jackie in to see a doctor, scheduled appointment, but then found out we didn't need to. We had all gotten up early and had a quick breakfast and were ready to go, when the change came in. Actually, it worked out nicely for me, as it allowed me to get out early for a bike ride, and I did a quick 15 miler. What I really need to do is to find the time to get out and do a longer ride, and I hope I can do that tomorrow. I feel like I'm not making enough progress getting ready for the EOD Ride coming up in October, but I guess I still have some time to work on it.

Anyway, the day just kind of remained laid back after that and it was really nice. I guess because we all got up so early, around noon everybody decided to take a nap. Even Jackie was now with us, and Stacy was at Day Care, and she was ready to get some sleep. With everyone napping I decided it was an opportunity for me to head over to Anthony's place and pick up the ramps needed, to get the paramobile into and out of the truck. I went over and Anthony gave me some pointers on what to do and how to get the machine to work for me, rather than against me. He didn't charge me anything for the ramps, and they are nice folding ramps, so it was like an early birthday present for Jason.

I got back over to the house and shortly latter everyone, except Jackie was waking up. Josh came over to visit with Jason, and it was getting to be more of the "normal" type day. I finally went over to pick up Stacy, and the traffic was terrible. I was happy that I wasn't under any particular time schedule, and the traffic was moving, just crazy slow, along with some very discourteous drivers. Some folks get into a hurry and loose all their manners, and I guess I am even subject to that sometimes.

I barbecued some burgers, well I guess I should be saying grilled, and we had a very nice and simple dinner. Actually, Linda had purchased this little slider cooker, so I tried it on the grill and it worked great. We ended up with six sliders and three regular sized burgers. The sliders are all gone... ;-)

The girls all went down for bed with no trouble and then the day was over. Tomorrow is Jason's birthday. He will be 30 years old. When the first two, George and David, turned 30 I felt a little older, but this time, Jason is turning 30 and I am 60 (soon to be 61). I remember having a baby shower while working at National Semiconductor, for Jason. I had always thought women had baby showers, not guys, but there I was, and it turned out really nice. Anyway, happy birthday, Jason. You are an amazing young man and both Mom and Dad are very proud of you, and so glad that you're still here with us...we love you.

Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Today was another of those days where things just go the way they are supposed too, and then things got better. Yeah, it was one of those days that you wish you had more of. We got up this morning and had a quick breakfast, and then we all loaded up - Linda, Jason and I - into the van and we headed off for the dentist. I know, that doesn't sound so wonderful to most, but I haven't been to a dentist in almost three years, and we have come to know one; through a friend, and this dentist is doing the work for no charge. Anyway, I'm digressing... I went inside for my appointment and Linda and Jason went over to General Tom Lightner's place, where he and his wife, Carol, were hosting us for lunch later in the day.

At the dentist, I found out that I actually did have a cavity. Not much of one, but there it was, and it will have to be addressed. I was also told that my dental hygiene was very good and my teeth were amazingly clean considering how long it has been since seeing a dentist, even for a cleaning. That was good news, and the day even got better.

We went over to Tom's house, where Linda, the receptionist (not my wife this time) from the dentist's office, drove me. She was invited to lunch there as well. Then a short while later, Kevin and his wife Stephanie (the dentist and hygienist) also came over. Finally, Rev. Tom Straeter, the pastor at Grace Presbyterian came over. It was great getting a chance to meet all these new folks, in a nice social setting. It would have been better if the girls had been with us, but that wasn't the case. We wanted to come today, because of the unique opportunity to have all of us there at the same time.

The lunch was enjoyable, with sandwiches, salad, chips and drinks, all out on the patio. Tom and Carol have a very nice home, and it is amazingly relaxing to be there. Tom even built a couple of ramps so that Jason was able to move around the house, and go in or out to the patio. Then the final good news came, and that was that the girls were coming back to Jason's place, tonight. That is a day earlier than planned. I'm not sure who was happier, Linda or Jason.

The girls showed up and they were all excited to be here, and wanted to show Daddy all of the stuff they had with them. Jason's birthday is on the 31st, and they brought him a cake, as well as a birthday card. You could tell Stacy was very proud of it. It was a little later in the day and they needed to get dinner down, so that was taken care of, then the bath. That pretty much ends the day, and now I'm ending the blog. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Another relaxed easy day, though it was the first without the girls, in several days. Jason pretty much stayed in bed, until early afternoon. Linda was busy around the house doing some extra cleaning and laundry, and I went for a nice bike ride over to Cabrillo National Park, then over to Ocean Beach - total of 18 miles of hilly terrain. Then this afternoon I received a call that the supplies I requested were in, and so we all decided to go over together. Jason had a couple of things he wanted to take care of, and it gave Linda a nice chance visit with CDR Ledyard.  After that visit Jason asked us if we'd like to go see the new Star Trek Movie, and we did, so we went. We all liked the movie, and enjoyed how it was put together. There were MANY references to past movies, and TV shows, but it was done so well, it was a good movie.

Tomorrow we will be heading over to Gen. Tom Lightner's place, and I have a dental appointment. It will be the first time I've been to a dentist in over two years, so I expect to be given some less than stellar updates on the chompers. At least I'm going though, and that's the important thing. Thank you, all for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Today started out with a little bit of switch. We thought we were supposed to take the girls over to their "other" home, but as it turned out, instead of 07:30 it was 19:30 and obviously 12 hours later than first thought. Jason recognized the break in communications, literally just as we were getting ready to walk out the front door. We had a little bit of a laugh and then decided to go to breakfast. We ended up over at iHop, where we ate out on their patio area. It was nice and relaxed, and set the pace for the rest of the day. After breakfast we went shopping, where Jason bought a few things for the girls and Linda bought a few things for the house. Me, I didn't do any buying this time around, but I did get to push the shopping cart...;-)

We did a few more things and then the girls went down for their nap. We were planning on going over to visit with Anthony Netto, and have a little barbecue a little later in the day, and that is what happened, after the girls got up from their nap. There is a nice park over at Anthony's where we discovered that Jackie has a love for the swings. She couldn't get high enough. Grandma was pushing and she was swinging back and forth, then Grandpa stepped in. I got her to swing even higher and she loved it. Of course Grandma and Daddy got nervous, but Jackie and Grandpa were having a great time. The swinging only lasted for a few minutes and then Jackie ran over to the play structure to join Stacy. Stacy was all over the place, running up and down the ladders and slides. By the time we went to eat dinner, they were both pretty dirty. Stacy just needed to clean up a bit and Jackie needed to change clothes.

After dinner the girls were dropped off, and I'm guessing they will sleep well tonight - after their bath. We look forward to our next time segment with the two of them, and seeing what new and exciting things we can discover. Thank you for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Aside from his shower this morning, Jason has spent the day in bed, effectively resting up and allowing himself the chance to get ready for tomorrow. Tomorrow isn't anything special, other than being Memorial Day, recognized (I still feel the 30th is Memorial Day - but it doesn't always fall on a weekend, and we have to have a weekend!). We will be heading over to Anthony's for a barbecue and the three of us, Jason, Linda and me will spend a little relaxing time with him. The girls will be going back to their mom tomorrow morning, so it is a little bid of a sad day for us, though it has been a great 11 days.

I took Stacy over to the pool, here in the complex, as she has asked a couple of times about going over there. It is actually the first time, in all the time we've been here, that we went to the pool. It is nice in that it isn't any more than 4 ft. deep, with a large portion that is only 3 1/2 ft deep. Stacy stayed in the shallower portion and had a great time. That is until it was time to get out. The sun was going down and it was starting to cool off, and she didn't like the sudden 'cold' on her. I got her all wrapped up in a towel and then carried her back to the house. She talked about the pool with Daddy and Grandma for about 1/2 hour solid. Jackie didn't go to the pool, then again, she really hasn't shown any interest yet for getting into the water. I am guessing that perhaps in another year or so we'll be playing with her in the pool, too.

I did get out for a nice bike ride, early this morning, and rode with Mike and Kim, who came over to pick me up. Kim is one of the therapists from Occupational Therapy (OT) and Mike is her husband who recently returned from a deployment. They took me over to Coronado Island and then showed me this great trail that goes most of the way around the island, or completely around the bay. We ended up only going 17 miles, and when it was done I felt like a had a good ride. Both of them ride faster than me, but that's okay - I told them I'm not very fast, but I do keep going. I am thinking about going for another ride tomorrow, prior to going over to Anthony's, but it all depends on how I feel in the morning.

Thank you, all for all the continued support and prayers. I ask that you continue to keep those who risk their lives for us, in your prayers and to do all you can to support them, for what they do for us. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

We had a very nice and wonderful day today. The girls were with us, and that includes Linda; we went to visit with David, Miriam and their two boys, our grandsons; and, it wasn't very bad traffic going either way, so we weren't on the road any longer than necessary.

Originally we had planned on going to a park and letting the kids play there, but they were having so much fun at the house we just decided to stay there. Jason made himself comfortable on the couch, and we effectively stayed in the one room. There is a smaller "play room" off the larger main room, and the kids spent a good amount of time there. We also spent some time out on the patio where Dylan was very excited to share and show his two cousins all the great things he had and could do with a wagon. David brought out a cardboard box, with some holes cut out and asked who wanted to be a robot, and of course all of them did. Then almost as fast, their attention jumped to doing other things. Jackie was particularly interested in  a basketball, and tossing it up to the hoop (the hoop was about five feet off the ground. She made every basket. Finally Stacy and Dylan made a great team playing with Dylan's T-ball set up. Neither of them knew exactly how to swing the bat (even after Miriam attempted to show them), but that was okay, they had fun anyway and that's what really mattered.

We had a nice lunch with all of us in the main room and then we all took a nap. I stayed down with Jason, as I am still a bit of a worry wart. Stacy made a little sleep area for herself in a "tent" that Dylan had set up; Linda was upstairs with Jackie; and both Dylan and Ethan were in their beds (even David and Miriam got a chance to get some rest). It was 100% fun and play time for the kids, and they managed to do it was some very simple toys, none of which were electronic. After the nap there was a little play, then some time out back, where Dylan and Stacy helped Grandpa pick some tomatoes (we brought some home with us). David has made some simple changes to his yard and it is much more family friendly now, so that the kids can run around. Even Gracie, Jason's service dog, was able to do a little running around, and you could tell she was having a great time. The only concern we had was that David has a cat, Luna, and she is not dog friendly. It all worked out, and no one was worse for the wear.

The day had to come to an end, and we needed to get back before 21:00 (9:00pm), as we didn't want to have the girls up too late. We did stop to eat dinner at Mimi's restaurant, though that wasn't the original plan. It was decided, while we drove that we needed to feed the girls before it got too late, and then we saw Mimi's. The girls got down for the night, and the rest of us also got ready for bed. I am up finishing the bog, and then I'm going to bed. I intend to go for a nice early bike ride tomorrow, and Jason and Linda both said they hope they can sleep in some. For me, an early bike ride means out before 08:00 and sleeping in to them mean not having to be up until after 08:30. With as much as the girls did today I would be surprised if they get up earlier than that. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers and take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Another good day for Jason, and it all started with the arrival of Linda. She came in at about 07:45, and we only had to circle around once to pick her up. As it was, we probably could have waited another 30 seconds and wouldn't have had to circle at all. Anyway, we picked her up and we went off to breakfast, and had a nice chance to just sit down and talk. After that we headed over to the base and went up to Dermatology where they removed the sutures from behind Jason's ear (that's where they took the skin for the skin growth experiment). That was a relatively quick appointment (total time 20 minutes in and out), so we next headed over to see CMDR Ledyard, who had gotten some supplies for us. She is our main point of contact for wound dressing supplies and does a very good job of making sure we don't have to wait too long for any of the items requested. She and Linda had a nice little visit, since they hadn't seen each other in several months, so it was a good visit from multiple angles. Jason also made a stop to speak with Dr. Kim, and that was a nice short visit too. From there we decided to head over to see the girls at day care.

Good thing we went over to the day care, because both Jason and I had forgotten about the luncheon that was going on today. It was their "end of year" celebration, and I had it in my head that it was next week. As it turned out, the celebration was just getting started. When we drove up, Jackie was out side with her class, and she saw us, so Linda and I went to see her while Jason went to go into Stacy's class. Linda and I were over at Jackie's class for several minutes and then finally went to go to Stacy's. The kids were all doing there special rock dance and having a great time. I was kind of bummed out because I didn't have my camera with me, so I attempted to take some pictures with my phone, and will have to figure out how to down load those so I can share them. After the dancing and some talking the lunch started, and there was a bunch of food brought in. Problem is that we were still pretty full from the big breakfast we had finished earlier. I had some fruit, as did Linda, and I think Jason didn't have anything. When it was all done we were given the news that we would be taking the girls home with us and they were going to be spending the weekend with us, until Monday evening. That was really a pleasant surprise, considering that we had nearly missed the event totally.

We also were able to make some solid plans about going up to see David and his family, so that we could all spend some time together. We plan on heading over to a nice park and letting the kids all go play with each other, and the adults are just going to relax and have a picnic. We got back to the house and everybody took a nap and the rest of the day was getting settled, and going shopping for some food. I grilled some hot dogs for dinner, along with a nice salad and some baked beans. The girls also had some fruit, and we were all pretty full by the time we were done. Grandma got to take the girls up for their bath and they were all excited about that (so was I). Bed time came and then the day was effectively over. Only thing left was the last little bit of clean up and then this blog to update. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support, it truly is appreciated. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today has turned out to be a very good day all around. The only part that wasn't totally up was the fact that we had to drop the kids off at day care and they are not with us tonight. We've had them for just about a full week, so there are no complaints there. The only thing is that Linda (Grandma) is coming in tomorrow and the girls were looking forward to seeing her, especially Stacy. They'll still get a chance while Linda is here, we just have to be flexible with our schedule, and I think we are.

Jason had one appointment today, and that was with Van the wheelchair guy. It has been authorized for Jason to get a new chair because the current one really doesn't "fit" him correctly. Before having all the HO removed he was actually four inches wider, so as you can imagine, he kind of "swims" in the current chair. It is probably going to take about a month to get the new chairs (he'll get another manual, too), with one of them being painted San Francisco Giants Orange. I thought that was pretty cool.

The rest of the day was catching up with some folks, and it all worked out really well. Jason was in at Physical Therapy (PT) and he didn't have to sit in his chair. He was able to effectively lay down on one of the tables, and he could spend time on his back as well as his belly. The surprise was that Dawn was back, and we hadn't seen her in several weeks. It was a combination of Jason heading up to Livermore and then when we got back Dawn went on vacation for a couple of weeks. Anyway, he wasn't scheduled for an appointment with PT, but Dawn was free so she did some catching up with Jason, and also worked his shoulders and arms. While all this was going on, a few other folks dropped by and it was just generally a very relaxed morning, visiting. Van came in after lunch and really only took about 30 minutes so we were headed back to the house by 13:15 (1:15pm).

Not much for the rest of the day. Larry came by for a few hours to support Jason, so I took advantage of that time to go for a short bike ride. Actually this was one of the friendliest rides I've been on. There were multiple riders out and three of them actually talked to me. I usually say, "Hi" or wave and don't receive much response, but today three other people actually spoke to me, and in complete sentences. You know, real conversation. It was just another thing to make the day nice. Right now I need to get a few things done and then head off to bed, as Linda comes in early, 07:40 so I need to get up early enough to get Jason up and we can go pick her up. I just hope she isn't too tired, because she has to be up even earlier... a lot earlier. If she is feeling up to it I might just take her to breakfast, since Jason's first appointment isn't until 10:00... :-)

That's all for now - thank you, all for all the continued support and prayers. God has a way of keeping me together, and days like today definitely help. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Another day, and another visit to the Wound Clinic. We got a chance to speak with Dr. Salt, from Plastics about some of the efforts being put forth to try to get the wounds closed up, and in one effort it is actually working against Jason. Dr. Salt agreed that the tissue expander would be left alone for the next couple of weeks to see if the "new" wound would start to close. If it does not then the expander would be reduced by a little bit to relieve some of the tension that the expander creates. It is a relatively slow process to get through all this, but then again the effort to grow/develop some of the collagen for Jason is going to take up to four months. All while he continues to receive laser treatment.

Otherwise there wasn't much going on today. He was able to pick up some of his meds from the pharmacy, and that was a bit of a challenge. For whatever reason one of the medications he is supposed to be on, on a daily basis was not being made available to Jason. We went back to the nurse practitioner, who ordered the meds, and she was surprised about their control. She went to her office and made a phone call or two and in a matter of a few minutes she came over to Jason and said all had been straightened out now the meds would be ready.

A little later this evening I went over to the day care and picked up the girls - yes, they are spending another evening with us. They were both happy to see me show up and then when we got home they go to see Larry. Larry started back working with us today, this afternoon. It was good to see him and do some catching up. He is in good spirits and just as big as ever. Jason was very happy to see him and the two of them spent a good portion of the time Larry was here, just talking.

After dinner tonight the girls had their bath and then they went to bed. That pretty much brought me up to the writing of this blog, and so now I finish this and then I am going to go to bed. Fortunately we don't have many appointments tomorrow, so I can sleep in a little. Thank you for all your continued prayers and all the support being sent our way. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Whoa...what a day.

I got up early today, not because I needed to help Jason with anything in particular, or because I had to get the girls to day care (they didn't spend last night here), or for any other typical reason I have to get up early. Today I got up early because I wanted to go for a bike ride. Actually, I wasn't up until 07:00, and that much later than when I usually get up. I rode out to Cabrillo State Park, and took a couple of hours to make the round trip. It was quite hilly and it gave me a good work out. It also showed me just how out of shape I am. There were two other riders, going in the same direction as me, and they both passed me with little effort, and I felt terrible for that. I thought I should be able to keep up with them, or at least ride a little faster than I was moving. Anyway, it just motivated me to keep pushing to find time to ride.

Jason had no appointments today, and the girls were not with us today, until after day care. That's why I felt I would be able to take a couple of hours and do some good road work. Shortly after getting back to the house, well maybe a few hours after getting back, Jason got a text asking him to call, so he did. He was asked to pick up the girls from day care and have them spend the night. This was a total surprise as we didn't expect to have the girls with us until sometime later, so obviously we were pretty happy to have the very nice gift, bestowed upon us. When we went to pick them up they were both very happy to see us and Jackie was actually able to see us drive up, since she was outside in the play area.

It did mess with the schedule I had for the day, but that's okay. We were able to head over to the store and pick up the things we needed, and I made spaghetti for dinner. Stacy says she loves my spaghetti so it was a win win all the way around. After dinner they went to go play with daddy, and daddy had some cookies for them, for desert and after that we didn't even have to ask them to go brush their teeth, they just went and did it. They got their bath and then got ready for bed. It turned into a wonderful night and I can get those things I wanted to do today, tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers and take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Today was a particularly easy day for Jason, as he only had the first appointment with Patient Care, where he goes to get refills for his prescriptions, and then with PT, where they worked on his shoulders and arms, and then he focused on his core. It was really kind of strange about how empty the place was, and I mean all over the base, then Jason asked where everybody was. One of the therapists said that there was a function today, off base, where a bunch of the Wounded Warriors had gone. I guess this jogged his memory because he talked about being asked to go and said he had forgotten about it. He forgot about it because he knew he wouldn't have been able to go anyway. I glad the others were able to get out, and still there were a few guys in the gym.

Otherwise we just kicked back and I cleaned the house a bit. Also found out that Larry, our in home aide is going to be coming back this week. Or, at least that was what I was told. First they have to come out and take a quick look around, do an exam of Jason and Jason has to respond to a bunch of questions. All of that is supposed to take place tomorrow, and then that should open the door, so-to-speak for Larry to come back in, and we can get a bit closer to what was going on before. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support, and take care and be safe.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today we all slept in... no one was up before 07:00. I know, to some that isn't much sleeping in, but for me it is at least an extra hour, and I appreciated it. First thing was that I made some oatmeal with raisins, as that is one of the favorites of the girls. Actually Jackie likes the raisins, as does Jason and I, and Stacy prefers to have her's without.

Shortly after that we all got ready and headed over to Anthony Netto's place, over in Pacific Beach. Funny thing that I just rode my bike over to his place a few days ago, on one of my longer rides, of about 15 miles, round trip. Anthony invited us over to have a nice "picnic lunch" and to let the girls enjoy the park that is in the area where he is living. Stacy, of course, was first to get over to the climbing structure and Jackie was a bit slower. Jackie just doesn't have the same coordination development that Stacy has and therefore isn't able to just jump right into climbing everything. Having said that, she sure wasn't intimidated by any of the climbing areas, and went right up the ladders and down the slides. Then Stacy discovered this one area that is meant for a little older child and asked me to pick her up so she could use the overhead bars. I told her I didn't think that was such a good idea because it was kind of high and I had to still watch Jackie. I wouldn't be able to come help her if she needed it. She accepted that and went on to the swings.

We finally sat down and had our picnic lunch and then headed over to the ice cream parlor, where Jackie really got into her chocolate ice cream. Both Anthony and Jason got a couple of pictures of her, in all her messy glory. Stacy wasn't quite as bad, but then Jason managed to get chocolate on himself as well, as he devoured his rocky road ice cream. I had a double scoop of vanilla on a waffle cone.

We headed back to the house a little after noon, and before we got back home both of the girls were out. I guess they burned off a bunch of energy running around the park. They slept for a few hours and during that time Gary K. came over for a short visit. He has been good with keeping in touch with Jason, and I think Jason appreciates it. The girls slept until late afternoon and then they got up. We did some playing around the house and then I made dinner. It was chicken, rice and mixed vegetables, and the girls both ate all their vegetables without much coaxing from me or Jason. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well they eat balanced meals. Stacy told me the doctor told her that eating the vegetables was good for her. In Jackie's case I think she just likes to eat things that taste good... ;-)

Tomorrow is another day back to the appointment schedule, where we will be taking the girls to day care at about 07:30,  and then we won't have them with us for another set of days. A regular schedule is being worked out, and it will be good when it finally is in place. Thank you, all for all your continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.














Saturday, May 18, 2013

Busy day today, and best description would have to be, a rewarding day.

It started out early, as Stacy had a soccer game to go to, and we needed to get her up early so she could get to the game early enough to get dressed in her gear. We didn't have it with us, so we had to get her to the, game and then she could change into her uniform/gear. She did great and even scored a goal though they don't keep score at this level . Jackie was having a great time on the side, while grandpa chased her around the field. The game ended and before we left Jason was able to receive some of the pictures from her team and the official photos of her play. While there Gracie was well behaved and really wasn't much of a distraction, from what I could tell.

After the game Jason wanted to head on over to the Uniform Shop, on MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot), and since that was where we were it was pretty easy. About two weeks ago Jason had gone over to the Uniform Shop and told them that he wanted to get a new dress blue jacket. Obviously he has changed in size, in different ways so they said it wouldn't be a problem. First they found out that they didn't have anything large enough, on their racks. Then they said to head on over to their tailoring shop to be measured, and to bring those measurements back to them. Well, today he brought the measurements back over to them, but before handing the numbers to them he went and purchased all the ribbons and meddles he has earned, a new belt and buckles, and a few other things the new jacket will require. He then gave them the numbers/measurements and they told him that they would not be able to do anything for him, and that he would need to go to Miramar or Pendelton. Because it took so long to get through the meddles and stuff it was now very close to noon, and the girls (and me too) were getting hungry and tired. We decided to head on back to the house.

I fixed them a lunch and got them to lay down for a nap. Jason was needing to lay down to, as he had been up for several hours by now. Once everybody was fed and down for a nap I went up stairs to engage in a conference call with PMI (San Francisco Bay Area Chapter). As it turned out, the timing was excellent and I was able to stay for the entire call, and I felt as though I was actively participating in the group. Actually, I dropped off from the call just as it was coming to an end, but Jackie was making noise and I could hear her so I new I needed to get moving.

I decided to do the old, "breakfast for dinner" selection for dinner tonight and the girls loved it. Stacy actually ate more than Jackie did, and that is very unusual. She really likes my pancakes because she ate almost as much as I did, plus the eggs and bacon. The only down side was that we are now out of eggs... I guess we'll have cereal tomorrow.

After dinner they got their baths, as usual and then tonight daddy read stories to them. Stacy selected a bunch of these books and both she and Jackie climbed up on the bed with Jason and he just read to them. I have posted a couple of the pictures to show what it looked like. I think you'll understand why I decided to take a couple of the pictures. Anyway, after that they were very happy and they both went to bed with no problems at all. Thank you, all for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.



Friday, May 17, 2013

Not much to report today, though there is some new information that we need to get some clarification on. Because of the questions still associated with it I don't want to give out wrong or misleading information. Just know that today has been one of those days where you have to question sanity of people in positions of power or influence.

I did get in a bike ride in a hilly area, and I need to get more of those type rides in. My legs need to exercise more if I'm going to be making the two-day ride. We also got the chance to take Gracie to the vet, and now she has a doctor where Jason is comfortable taking her. Prior we would had to drive about 30 miles north to get to the vet, so this is much better, and closer.

The girls had a great day and dinner, and even a fun bath. I think about the only thing that might not have been as much fun was when I had to wash their hair. Actually they're pretty good about it, and Linda gave me instruction that I am to braid their hair after their bath. It helps with the tangles the next morning, and since tomorrow the girls have to get up early, we don't want to have unnecessary delays. The reason they have to get up early is that Stacy has a soccer game. Only two more for this year, and Jason wants to watch.

That's about all for the day - take care and stay positive- thank you, for the continued prayers and support.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Today was a little different, as Jason's first appointment was with dental. He had not been to Dental, in Balboa, since coming here last year, actually I guess it was over a year ago, at the end of 2011. Anyway, he had a dental appointment back in Bethesda and apparently that information didn't make it to Balboa. He now has another chart/folder to keep track of, and, in his words, "something else to loose." The visit was uneventful, and his teeth are fine, as far as we know.

After that appointment we went over to Wound Care, where we really didn't do much other than to change the dressing and talk with Dawn about how he was feeling. After that we headed on back home. About the most exciting thing that happened, did so while we were waiting to see Dawn, where we could see out one of the windows, that they were doing some sort of exercise over at one of the bases. As a large plane flew over you could see "spots" come out of the back of the plane and then parachutes opened up. This happened a couple of times and, like I said, was the most interesting thing for the day, up to that point. Of course after that we did have some fun, but that was expected.

I picked up the girls from day care at about 16:25 (4:25pm) and they both were very excited to see me, and wanted to get home to see their daddy. Jason didn't come as he was feeling a bit sore still from the laser work that had been done, and he describes it as feeling like he has a very bad sunburn. After I picked them up we went over to the store to pick up some bread and lettuce  and a couple other things, then we went on home and they were happy to see Gracie as I opened the door. They then proceeded to run to "daddy's" room, and you could see on Gracie's face a bit of confusion. She is adapting very well to all these continual changes, and I guess she just views this as another one.

We had a great, and simple dinner (I barbecued/grilled some hot dogs and hamburgers), and attempted to later watch a video, but as luck would have it... the DVD player decided to stop working. We don't normally watch much in the way of TV or DVDs so I had no idea it was no longer functional. Something we'll need to take care of, down the road. The girls had a great time playing tonight, and decided to play camp out. Stacy built a small "camp site" in their bedroom, and Jackie was having a great time doing whatever Stacy asked her to do. I guess it was better than a DVD anyway. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Well, another exciting day of PT (Physical Therapy) and picking up meds - okay, so that really isn't too exciting. It was nice to have a relatively relaxed day after the procedure of yesterday, so in a sense it was a very positive day and I suppose that can be exciting. Mike, in PT, worked with Jason, on his shoulders and on strengthening both his arms and torso. The Sergeant Major came in a short while after Jason got there, and he was giving Jason a little bit of a hard time, and then Jason turned around and gave the Sergeant Major a hard time. They have been both showing up at PT at about the same time and constantly teasing each other about how fat they've gotten or some other aspect that neither of them show. Actually it is turning into a pretty good friendship, and having a Sergeant Major as a friend probably won't hurt Jason's career at all.

The number of patients has dropped considerably at the hospital, and it is easy to tell just be looking around. I take this as a good sign, meaning that there are fewer and fewer people coming back from Afghanistan with war injuries, thus this is a good thing. Because there are fewer people, going to the pharmacy for a prescription doesn't take very long either, but there is still a need to wait some, just to have them fill the right number of pills or whatever is being picked up. After the pharmacy we went over to building 26 to sign a couple of documents, because I am his NMA (non-medical attendant) I had to sign two of them as well.

We came back to the house shortly after that and then simply stayed home. Jason took his shower, since he did have a good work out at PT, and I changed the sheets on his bed. Lunch was a couple of burritos we picked up and then it was nap time, for Jason. I tried to catch up on my email and a few other things. Dinner came around and finally my time to update the blog. That brings us to right here (reminds me of Space Balls, a Mel Brooks movie, dumb but very funny). Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jason had an early morning appointment with Dermatology, so we were asked to be over at the Naval Base Hospital by 06:30 this morning. The coordination was a little thin, as they had a couple of forms we were asked to fill out and bring in, and then when we brought them in they said, "Oh, you don't need those." So I guess it was one of those "just in case" kind of things. Anyway, we found our way over to the clinic and the folks were all there waiting for us. Within about 10 minutes we were in the prep room, and from there into the procedure room in about another 15 minutes. Now, I hope you're noticing that I am saying "we" here, because they invited me to come along, as well as having Gracie (the service dog) there, too.

It was the first time I had been invited to watch the full procedure of lazing the wounds and it was really kind of cool. The reason they wanted me to be there was because I have been dealing with his wound dressings for so long that they consider me the best person to replace the dressings once they were finished. As it was I had brought along all the stuff to do the dressing change. Jason wanted to be sure there wasn't any issues with not having supplies.

Once we were done we headed back home. Jason's recovery was actually pretty quick. Within 30 minutes of being fully sedated he was back up in his wheelchair, heading back to the van. Gracie was a champ as well. I simply placed her in a corner of the small room, to keep her out of the way and she didn't move. There were 8 doctors, 2 nurses and a corpsman, along with the lazier equipment tech and me. With that many feet moving around I wanted to be sure Gracie was comfortable as well as safe.

Shortly after getting Jason back home, and fed (neither of us had eaten anything) I came upstairs to check on my email, and respond to a couple of phone calls. Once that was all done I decided to go ahead and get a bike ride in. Since it was just Jason and I, and Jason was sitting comfortably in his bed (and sleeping), I figured I could get a quick 10 - 12 miler in. That isn't how it worked out.

I took off and road over to Sea World, and found that it is a lot closer than I thought, so I figured I'd just ride a little farther up the road and then turn around. As it turned out I ended up riding all the way over to Anthony Netto's place, and stopped in for a short visit (and rest), and then headed back to the house. This is where the trouble began. I got all the way back to Sea World okay, but then for whatever reason I decided to make a right turn, one intersection too early. I figured I could always just cross back over and that would be okay, except there is no easy cross over and it added another 6 miles to my ride. Final ride turned out to be 18 miles, and my legs were feeling it. Funny thing is that Jason was just waking up when I came in, so he didn't know I was gone for so long.

Tomorrow we get back into the swing of his regular schedule of appointments, and I expect that it will be a bit more of a relaxed day. The procedure of today only causes a little tenderness with Jason, so it isn't too much to recover from. They also did a tiny skin "harvest", behind his left ear, that will be used to help with a different procedure, about three months from now. You will find out more on that as we go along. Thank you, for your continued prayers and support - take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Today was a busy day for Jason and I, as we had to get started early with a formation with the Wounded Warrior Battalion, at the Naval Base. The really good part was that it was a pretty quick formation so Jason was back over to the van, and then we were off to do other things.

First we went over to OT (Occupational Therapy) to go say, "Hi!" to Lynn. I had left something in the van, so I told Jason to go ahead, and I'd meet him there. The funny thing is, as I was coming back into the building, Lynn was coming in also. Jason was already in the room when I walked in with Lynn and I think it surprised him a little. It was the first time we had see Lynn in several weeks, so it was good to get a chance to sit and talk with her for a few minutes. She wanted to know how things went on the trip to Livermore, and when was Linda coming back down. We didn't stay too long, as she was working, so we then headed over to PT (Physical Therapy). In this case though, Jason did have an appointment - we were just 30 minutes early. That worked out okay, as Mike was there and he was the one Jason has been working with for the past couple of weeks. Not sure where Dawn is, but I think she might be on vacation or something.

While in PT I guess we were being a little weird in that Jason had all the tools and weights he normally works with, but he was doing silly things with them. For instance, he would do his best to sit up straight and then reach over and attempt to pick up a 30 lb dumb bell and it would cause him to fall over. He thought this was the most fun thing to do over and over again. Marines have a very strange sense of humor.

Afterward, we were walking out in the court yard, heading over to the Dermatology area, where Jason is going to have a procedure done tomorrow, and he starts urging Gracie (his service dog) to start chasing a pigeon. Gracie went crazy, and was having all sorts of fun. She never got close to the bird but that didn't matter. It was the most fun the two of them have had yet. I can see her running more, once she gets more used to Jason, and he can let her off leash, in a field or dog park.

The rest of the day was spent filling out all the right forms to make sure it was going to be a relatively easy morning tomorrow. Tomorrow will probably be short entry in the blog, as the procedure is the only thing he is going to do. Thank you, all for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A do nothing much kind of day, though we did get a couple of things accomplished.

The girls got up about the time I thought they would, around 08:30, but that was because we were up a little late last night having fun. They didn't get to sleep until after 21:30 (9:30pm) because they just wanted to keep on playing and then finally Daddy told them a story and said they had to get to sleep. I think he told them the story of the Three Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but I could be wrong.

This morning we took them over to their mother's place because it is Mother's Day, and they should see her on this day. After we dropped them off we came back to the house and then shortly after that we were out on the road again, as Jason wanted a new piece of furniture for his room. He had found a piece that was on sale and would help to pick up some (all?) of the clutter in his room. Linda and I spoke yesterday and said that one of the things we were going to get done is to at least start going through a bunch of the stuff in the garage, so that we can better use the space.

The rest of the day was dedicated to finishing up laundry and a little cleaning around the house. I didn't get out on the bike, and that might have been a mistake, but it just didn't fit in with the rest of what we were doing. Tomorrow Jason has an early formation, so I'm going to attempt to get to bed a little earlier tonight. I expect tomorrow to be a little more of the normal interesting than today, though it is good to have an easy day every now and again. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support - take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Another late post for the blog. It has been a busy day, and a most enjoyable day. Heck, even the evening was enjoyable and it ended with a very nice conversation with Linda. I sure will be glad when she can get back down here, but that really shouldn't be too long.

The day started with me going for a nice bike ride. The girls will be coming over this morning, and then spending the day with us so I needed to be sure I was back from the ride before 09:00. As it was, I was able to get in a quick 12 miles, a couple moderate hills and all done in one hour. I was tired and sweaty when I got back, so I know there is still some training to be done. I need to get up to 45 mile rides, and even more before I'll be ready for the two-day event.

Jason is pretty excited about the girls being here again. Linda and I had four sons, and over the past 35+ years we have been asked many times, "would you like to have a girl?" We were never disappointed in having sons, and the joy they brought us was tremendous. Having said that, and now having had the experience of "raising" a couple of daughters, I can see why Jason is so happy about his daughters. Sons are great and bring their  parents so much joy and pride, yet the love of a daughter is something that you can only experience from having a daughter.

We went over to Anthony's for dinner tonight, and there was a car show going on right where he lives. The girls were all excited and amazed, and then towards later in the evening there was a dragster of some sort on display and they cranked up the engine. It was making all kinds of noise and fortunately we were far enough away that the sound wasn't too bad. Still it was quite impressive, and both the girls were sitting there with their eyes open very wide.

The only other thing I did today was to get closer to finishing working on the backyard, and the hedges are now completely trimmed. I have two more of those large black bags full of yard waste. I won't toss either of them in to the trash, until it is time for the trash to go out. Actually there should be room, but I want to be safe. And, that was the day for us. Not in that order, but that's how it came to me. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Today was a little different in that Jason didn't have any medical appointments to attend to. He did, however have an appointment with the lady that made Gracie possible for Jason. After dropping the girls off at day care, we had to drive out to Oceanside and pick up a medication for Gracie. It was a nice drive, about 20 - 25 minutes and then when we got there you could almost see how Gracie was aware and familiar with the surroundings, only not sure why. We didn't stay too long and then came right back to the house.

Jason wanted to take a shower and have the dressings changed, and that was good by me. After doing that I was planning on heading out and going for a bike ride. Well, like all great plans, there were a couple of hick-ups, and by the time I finally got up to change into my riding clothes I decided to lay down for just a moment, and promptly fell asleep. Fortunately I didn't sleep too long and I've learned to be flexible with my schedule. I ended up getting out for just a little over an hour, and road out towards Cabrillo National Park. I didn't go all the way to the park, as I was getting tired because of the hills, but it was good to go as far as I did. Next week I'll see if I can make it all the way to the park.

Not much else going on today, and it was kind of relaxed. Tomorrow I think I'll be doing some laundry and maybe working a little more on the yard (back yard). The tough part is that there isn't a "green" recycling program here, so I just toss the yard waste into the trash bin. Oh well, once it is done we won't have to worry about it for several months, but I'll be working on it regularly over the next couple of weeks. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A good day for Jason, especially since we got to see the girls, and they are sleeping in this house tonight. We had a great time with them, and we especially had a great time right after they took their bath. Shortly after bath is bed time and they wanted a bed time story. It amazes me that they never seem to tire of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Stacy loves to join in on the story, and adds her own characters as well as the occasional sound effects. All around it was fun times.

The day started out with a visit to the wound clinic and Dawn was happy to see us again. When we first got here from Bethesda, there was some mix up with some of the supplies that she had ordered for Jason, and we initially used up all that they had. Fortunately I had brought a bunch with us, so we had some coverage for several weeks. As it turned out, the mix up was corrected and now they have all the supplies that they, and Jason needs and we're in good shape.

Tomorrow is going to be another good day, and we'll see where that takes us into the weekend. Right now we don't have any plans for doing anything in particular, other than me finishing up with the clean up of the backyard (I got a bunch of it done today). We might invite some friends over to have a barbecue or something. Anyway, it is going to be a nice day tomorrow. Thanks, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jason had a great day with PT today. We even had a chance to play catch, with a 10lb ball (it was part of his shoulder work). We did get a chance to go see a few of the other folks we know here, and while we were out and about, we noticed that there are fewer people here now. That most of the guys that are still here are the ones who have the most severe wounds and such, and that several of them are Army. All these guys tend to support each other and have developed a bond, no doubt related to their injuries rather than their branch of service. I think all of them are E.O.D. as well but I haven't asked yet.

A couple of things were put in place today to make it more like it was, prior to the trip back out to Bethesda, and that was good to see. The closer we get back to the way it was, I think will be better for Jason and his healing process. We're looking forward to some of the next steps, as I talked a little about yesterday, but that looks like it is going to happen a couple of weeks down the road. Jason knows he is here for the long haul and that he won't be leaving the hospital area for well over a year, and perhaps two.

I was told, not too long ago, that I needed to be careful about some of the things I write in this blog, because my grand kids, more specifically my granddaughters, might end up reading it. Well, there isn't anything I've written that I would not want them to see, and if they are reading it I just want them to know that we love you and you are always in our thoughts and in our hearts. Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa miss you very much, as does the rest of the family.

Well, that just about does it for today, and tomorrow is going to be another exciting kind of day. I now have a hedge trimmer (Big Thank You to Trident Realty for the gift, and Mike thank you for the visit), so I can now get out there and finish what I was attempting to do by hand held clippers. It wasn't looking too bad, just that some of the places I just couldn't reach. The trimmer "extends" my reach a little farther. Thank you all for all the prayer support and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Today was a nice relaxed day, where Jason only had a couple of appointments, and we were back over to the house well before noon. We did stop by the Child Development Center, but both the girls were not there so we didn't stay very long. We were expecting a visit from Child Protection Services, as a case needs to be resolved/closed, but they called and said they would not be coming by today (actually it isn't a "they" it is a "she"), and would be by tomorrow. This was okay with us, but we would really liked to have gotten this out of the way. Jason has been talking to the lady on the phone, and she needs to verify with her eyes.

I did get a chance to go for a bike ride, and it was a little bit of a challenge. The wind was picking up and it seemed like it didn't matter what direction I was going, it was always against the wind. Fortunately there was some down hill, and yes, that also means there was uphill stretches. The ride was another 12 miler, and it took just under an hour to do it, so I figure I'm doing okay right now. I need to build up to 50+ mile rides, so that I can do the two-day ride when it finally gets here.

Jason wounds are actually looking a little better than they have, so I was particularly happy about that. The next steps we will be taking are going to be coming up in a matter of a few weeks, so better is good. He got a good nap in, mostly while I was riding and we also found out that there is a good chance that Larry, our in-home assistant, is coming back. This should allow me to take longer rides, and help me to not worry so much while I am out.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for us, so I don't think I'm going to be able to go out for another ride. We will again make an effort to see the girls, but we'll have to see how that goes. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and for all the support. Also, please pray for the girls, as I know they miss their daddy, and also pray for their mom. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Another day and another day without the girls. We are hoping to get this resolved soon as we would really like to have some time with the girls. This is being very unfair to Jason, as he has done nothing to deserve this  kind of treatment, but obviously we are having to deal with it.

We went to the hospital early this morning, to take care of a couple of appointments. His physical therapy session went very well, and they continue to work on his shoulders, and are now working on his breathing. I was very impressed with how Mike was getting things to loosen up, and allow his shoulder to move more, and at the same time he was allowing Jason to breath better. Once Jason was done with PT we went over to one of the two laser doctors, and that turned into a very positive visit.

The doctor was anxious to get to discuss this with Jason, as he had called me twice, once while in Livermore, and then again shortly after we returned. He seemed pretty excited about the advances that are being made with stem cell research and Jason is a perfect candidate for one of these opportunities. As the doctor has repeatedly said, it is a very low risk with a potentially very high gain. When Jason said he was up for it, and wanted to move forward the doctor said, "I'm pumped!" The flip side is that it is going to be a long and somewhat slow process, and the first step probably won't happen for a couple of weeks, then the second step would happen a couple of months down the road. This is a very patience intensive process.

We stopped at the day care and the girls were not there. They had not been brought to day care again, and we can only assume that it was something that was done intentionally, to keep them away from Jason. Jason was disappointed, as I was, and we are going to continue to keep moving, and know that we will eventually see them.

We then headed back to the house, and just spent the rest of the day relaxing. It rained most of the day, so we couldn't even go outside to do much. I did pick up some of the brush from the backyard (I've been trimming the bushes), and the yard is looking a little more like it was. The challenge is that unlike Livermore, we don't have a "Green" waste bin, and so I have to put that trimmings into the trash bin. It is going to take a while to get it all.

Dinner was simple, as it was reheated left overs from yesterday. Then we kind of just laid around and didn't do too much more. Tomorrow will be another day and we'll go at it in a positive manner. Thank you, all for all the prayers and support - take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Good day for Jason, in that we didn't do much. Part of the reason we didn't do much was that it was misting, or a lite sprinkle, and our previous plans to go have a barbecue didn't happen. We did get up moderately early, for a Sunday, and we had a quick cereal breakfast. I went for a short 12 mile bike ride that was pretty much flat, so not too strenuous, and it was cool out. I didn't mind the moisture in the air, as it helped to keep me cooler, yet the road surfaces were effectively dry. After I had my shower and got dressed, I helped Jason with his shower and then put on new dressings.

We ended up on going to meet Anthony at a nice restaurant by the boardwalk, and just enjoyed the conversation and visiting.  When we got back to the house I told Jason that I was going to have to still cook the chicken and sausages that I had taken out for the original barbecue. I actually and thawed them yesterday, so I didn't want them to go another day without being cooked. We ended up having some of it for dinner, and it was pretty good with rice and vegetables.

The rest of the day was doing laundry and watching the Giants beat the Dodgers. I got to watch most of the game so I felt pretty good. It was a sweep too, so I even felt better. I have to admit, though, that I am a bit disappointed by the Dodgers. Last year I expected them to put up a better run at the end, and they kind of just fell apart, and now they seem to be continuing the slide into this season. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers for Jason and his healing. The wounds are giving us some extra challenges and I am hoping to get some better focus on it by the doctors and other medical folks. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Quite the interesting day for Jason and I. We started out relatively early, and went over to the soccer game over at MCRD. Stacy was very happy to see Daddy and was up in his arms for quite some time. She gave me a big hug and kiss and started to tell me all about her soccer game. She also told me that Jackie wasn't there today, as she stayed back with her "other" grandfather. As it turned out Stacy didn't come back to the house with us, because Jason didn't want to bring one and leave the other behind. Stacy did do a great job of playing soccer, and really seems to be getting into the game.

Jason and I then took off and did a couple of other errands, including purchasing a a new bed for Gracie. We went to Ross, as we were told that was the best place to get pet beds, and sure enough they had one for Gracie. Actually, it was kind of cute the way that Gracie sort of picked out her own bed. Jason picked out a couple of them that he liked; I laid them down on the floor for Gracie to examine; and, she went right to the one that I thought was best and started to roll around on it. That was the one we bought.

We also had gone for breakfast this morning, and went to Mimi's restaurant. They were moderately busy, and Gracie generated a number of comments by the other patrons. We sat down next to this nice couple who ran a non-profit organization and they thought Gracie was great. When they got up to leave they asked if Jason needed help finding employment, because that is what their non-profit did, help get veterans placed, and Jason thanked them, and let them know he was still active duty. I did take one of their business cards and then they left. When it came time for us to pay our bill we found out they had already paid it for us and we simply got up and left.

We went home and I did some cleaning and then helped Jason with a shower and dressing changed. He then got in bed and relaxed and then I did the same thing. Jason had said earlier that he wanted to go to the movies, and see Iron Man 3, so early evening we went over to the theater and bought tickets. We had to buy tickets to a later showing than originally planned (the 16:55 (4:55pm) showing was sold out) so we had some extra time. We went over to Chipotle and Jason ordered a burrito and I got a chicken bowl (effectively a burrito without the tortilla). As we were sitting there a nice lady came over and handed Jason a gift card for Chipotle, said, "Thank you," and then walked away. Maybe it was a good thing we had lunch at home...;-)

The movie was entertaining, and we had a good time. They allowed Jason and I (with Gracie) into the theater first, about 2 minutes ahead of everybody else. That gave us all the time we needed to get settled, and it was appreciated. I hope tomorrow is at least as good as today was. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Today started out pretty good, we, Jason and I got up early so that he could get to formation, and then he had some appointments afterward. I fixed oatmeal for breakfast (it's fast and easy) and then we were on our way. I figured that while Jason was at his formation I could take care of a few personal things that I've been wanting to get out of the way, so I did, and then while he was in a training session I went to go get my hair cut. I feel soooo much better, now that I don't look like I just came down out of the mountains.

After all this we did his appointments, and then we spoke with a few folks about supplies. The great thing is that the supplies were all readily available, so we were able to bring them right home, except for the special tape that he likes to use. That was actually delivered a short while after we got home - pretty cool.

Jason decided that he wanted to go pick up the girls from day care, around 14:30 (2:30pm), as that was right after their naps, and still ahead of the heavy Friday traffic. The only glitch in this is that the girls were not at day care. They were not brought in today, according to the sign-in documents there. To say the least, Jason and I were disappointed, and a little concerned. There was no communication as to why they were not there, so we are in the dark about that. We are hoping that we can get to see them tomorrow as Stacy has a soccer game, and as far as Jason is aware the game is still on.

Next week we should be able to get in to see the doctors about the plastics work that Jason still needs to have done. It is always kind of interesting going into see these guys because they are both very interesting to talk with, as well as having a very broad span of knowledge. They are also both quite tall. My guess is that they are both about 6' 10", and both working in the same area. There is a new procedure they want to try on Jason that should provide some help with the generation of skin on the wounds, now called chronic wounds, since they've been around so long. We look forward to this dialog as Jason would really like to move on to a "next" stage in his recovery. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support and take care and stay positive.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Quite the nice and relaxing day today. About the extent of Jason's travels today was our journey to the grocery store, where we bought some food and other things to get us through the rest of the week, and into next week. Jason also wanted to head over to Dick's Sporting Goods, and pick up a couple of things, and to get a ball for Gracie, his dog. She is not a retriever so when Jason bounced the tennis ball in front of her she just sort of looked at it and then at him. I felt she was asking, "Am I supposed to be doing something with that?" Then, again, he did buy her a rawhide chew, and she seems to really enjoy that.

I went for a nice ride today. I left late morning and was back by early afternoon. Total ride time was about 1 1/2 hours. I will be riding like that over the next several days and gradually building up my stamina and endurance. I'll be going for the two-day ride again, and I want to do better this time.

Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Well, Jason had his mediation today and there was no outcome. I don't know if that is good or bad, all I know is that it is the next step. I was concerned that he was up in the meeting room, with just the three of them, for nearly four hours. That put him in his chair for almost six hours, before he was able to get back onto the bed. He did take a shower, shortly after we returned home, and that is always a good thing, I just wish there was a better way to handle these legal issues, so that he wasn't physically stressed so much.

The rest of the day was spent down, and I did laundry. I also did a little catching up on my email and actually did a little job hunting. All of that is important, and I really don't mind doing the laundry, or even cooking the meals, but what really made today was that I finally got out on my bike. I didn't ride too far, even still it was a pleasant change for me to get out and do something different on my bike again. I need to start training for that same 2-day bike ride, coming up in October. And, I want to do better with the ride this time. Last time my legs simply gave out the last 25 or so miles and I rode the chase van in. It also means that I am going to be asking folks to start considering sponsoring/supporting me for the ride, as I would like to at least generate $5K in donations this year, and hopefully more.

Tomorrow Jason is going to spend most of the day in bed, and that is a good thing. It allows the wounds to get a little rest. Next week we will be meeting with a couple of the doctors and discussing some new experimental procedures, that sound like they have good promise. The fact that they are experimental causes me to have questions, so I'll bring them up when we meet. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and for all the support. Take care and stay positive.