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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013 - for sure this time.

Not much to write about today, as we dropped the girls off at their day care and won't be seeing them again until Monday. Jason had a formation this morning, right after we dropped the girls, and then went in for his PT session. After that we came back to the house and just relaxed. Tomorrow Jason has another formation, and then an appointment for a procedure that has to be accomplished. Otherwise it should be another day of relaxation, and I think I'll go for another bike ride, as I did today. Today I rode about 12 miles and tomorrow I will go for at least 15. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

The girls were up early today, about 06:15, maybe a little earlier. I figured I was going to have a busy and active day when I heard them, but it turned out to be a rather relaxing day, although I was busy enough. It began with breakfast and then instead of going to their day care we waited around the house for a speech specialist, to talk with us about Jackie. Jackie has shown some signs of not being able to form all the sounds of a typical 2-3 year old, and the teachers at her day care asked us to get a specialist involved. Problem is they didn't show up. Actually, what happened was that Jason was supposed to go meet with them last week, and was double booked, so wasn't able to make that appointment. He called them and rescheduled for today, and now they didn't make it. Hopefully it will be taken care of early next week, with another scheduled appointment... wish us luck.

We got the girls over to their day care, at about 10:15 and then were able to take care of everything at the hospital by noon. From there Jason and I took care of a couple of other errands, and ate (or maybe I should say it was the other way around), and we were back to pick up the girls by 15:15 (3:15pm). We made it back to the house with little fuss (traffic was lite today for some reason), and then was all just kind of relaxed about the house. I read the girls a couple of books and then let them watch the other have of Madagascar II, and then we had dinner. Jason was actually able to get some nap time in, so that was a good thing.

Dinner was simple and I read them a couple of other stories and they were particularly pleased. Going to bed was easy. and tomorrow we have to have them over to their day care by 09:00. Actually Jason has a formation to attend at 09:00, so we'll have them there a bit earlier than that. It should be a relatively easy day, but each one tends to bring it's own surprises so I never know what to expect. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013

A very nice day, considering the one we just had yesterday. Jackie woke up feeling MUCH better, and full of energy. We still took it slow, and didn't want to chance her lapsing back into a flu or something, so we didn't get the girls to day care until almost 09:00. Jason didn't have any appointments, since he cancelled them yesterday after finding out that Jackie was running a temp. We did, however, have a couple of errands to attend to, and then we went and got some lunch.

Lunch was actually kind of different - it was after 11:00 when Jason said we should go get something to eat, as he was getting hungry. I said sure, what do you want. He didn't have anything in particular so I suggested Chinese, and he thought that was a good idea, we hadn't had Chinese in months. He picked the Golden Dragon and we were off. The only problem with this plan was that neither of us consulted our "smart phones" so we didn't know what their hours were. We finally made it over to the restaurant and found out they were closed. It is located over in a part of town that we weren't familiar with so we kind of just walked around for about ten minutes and came across this barbecue place. Turned out it was pretty good.

We got back to the house and it was about 13:00 (1pm) and Jason was ready to get back to bed. I did a little straightening up of some of the clothes on the couch and then did some catching up on my email. At about 14:00 (2pm) the new home health worker showed up and we sat and talked with her for about 40 minutes. Jason and I both like her so I am hopeful that she will work out. Larry is no longer going to be with us, as he has decided to go with a different direction. It is too bad, because he and Jason had a special relationship, and a big part of that was because the two of them had some common interests.

Anyway, I went to go pick up the girls at about 15:00 (3pm) and brought them back to the house. Jason was sound asleep, and in fact was asleep prior to me leaving. I played with the girls and read them a book, got them a little snack and then let them watch a video. This allowed me time to go start dinner. I cooked up some hamburgers with rice and vegetables. Stacy did a great job on the burger and vegetables and Jackie was more interested in veggies, than anything else. Well, that's not entirely true. Both of them love their apple juice. The rest of the evening was a bath and a bed time story, along with a little time with Daddy (he woke up well before dinner). Tomorrow is going to be a smooth day, and we are figuring that we will be back at the house by about noon. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

July 28, 2013

Other than a single excursion out to Costco, with the girls, I didn't leave the house today, and Jason didn't leave it at all. It was a simple laid back kind of day, except that for whatever reason, is seems Jackie caught some sort of bug - possibly the flu. This morning she seemed fine, and was running around like normal. She had a bowl of Cheerios, and then we went to Costco. By the time we were back home from Costco, though, she significantly slowed down and even volunteered to take a nap, about 1/2 an hour before I was going to get them to bed.

When I got them up from their naps (Stacy went to bed about an hour after Jackie), I checked her temp again and it was within the normal range (99.0), so I wasn't too concerned. I checked it again, about an hour or so later, and it was 100.5. She drank apple juice and water, and then for dinner I fixed everyone chicken noodle soup. Funny thing is Jackie liked the chicken, broth, celery, and carrots - but she didn't particularly care for the noodles. Anyway, she was back in bed, after some Tylenol fever reducer, with apparently no elevated temperature, and again Stacy followed about an hour or so later. She got Daddy to read her a story tonight, and that was pretty special for her, as it was just her and Daddy.

I am hopeful that Jackie will be feeling better in the morning, otherwise we will be taking her in to the doctor. Jason typically has formation one Monday's and he has already contacted his command to let them know he won't be there. Stay tuned for the next exciting update tomorrow night. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Today began with a quick breakfast and then I packed a snack and other supplies up, and we were off to Jason's and Gracie's training, up in Oceanside. We had told the girls last night that we were going to be going to a park this morning, where Gracie and Daddy were in a class, and while we were there they would get to play on swings and other play area things. Both of them were pretty excited about going, so it was very easy to get them to get into the van, and then we were on our way.

We got to Buddy Todd Park and Jason went over to their training area and the girls and I went and immediately found the swings. There was also the "train" with a slide at one end, and Stacy was anxious to explore that one. We even did some "tree climbing" before the day was over. Actually, the tree is an oak and the way it has grown allows for simply walking right up on to one of the limbs, and the girls felt like they were climbing a tree. I helped them get up a little higher and got some pictures of them, to be posted tomorrow. We finished up on the swings and just as we were ready to leave, Jason came over to let us know they were done, so it all worked out perfectly.

Going  back down into San Diego was another issue... the traffic was terrible and we even had to jump off the freeway to take some back roads. The good thing about taking longer bike rides is that I'm learning some of the back roads and it allowed us a slightly faster route today. We had lunch at the Olive Garden and then headed on back to the house, where the girls were ready for their nap. When they took a nap, so did Jason and I, though our naps really didn't last all that long.

Not much else happened today, other than a visit from a friend, Gary K., as he brought by a very nice gift for Jason. He apparently is gifted with the ability to work with stained glass and made a very nice "window" for Jason. I'll find a place to hang it, and I think I already have the place.

Dinner was simple and then the girls got their bath. Tonight Jason read to them, from one of the Disney books, and it was great for them all to be together like that. The best part (from my perspective) was that Jason was able to actually place Jackie into her crib. It was a bit of work, but he still did it, and Jackie was very happy about it. Not sure what tomorrow is going to develop into, but I'm sure we'll have plenty of things to do, besides laundry (I need to get a couple loads done). Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Not much of an eventful day, other than to say that we went to the base and Jason took care of a number of appointments, after his regular 07:30 formation this morning. Since it was a day where Jason was going to be speaking with different folks, and all of them related to his med board process, I decided to take care of another issue that has been sort of sitting on the back burner for a couple of weeks now. That is, to take the van in for a regular service visit. The service check up took all of 20 minutes, and that was because the guys wanted to be sure to vacuum out the interior and there was some dog hair on the floor. With today's autos being computerized they just have to plug it in and as long as nothing is wrong, you're on your way with just a few minor adjustments and an oil change. Anyway, I was literally on my way back to the base before 08:00.

I went with Jason to most of his meetings, though there was one where they needed to draw some blood for a lab work that needed doing, and an injection. Otherwise it was an all paperwork kind of day. When we were done we headed over to the Broken Yoke and had some breakfast. It was only moderately busy, so it wasn't too loud, and we enjoyed just sitting there and talking about different things, like the girls birthdays coming up soon. As it is, this being an odd year, they will be with their mother, and next year with dad, who has the even years.

When we got home we relaxed a bit, and Jason had a shower, followed up by a dressing change. I let Jason know that the wounds are all looking better, and that I am hopeful that in a matter of a few weeks that one or two of them could be closing. A short while later I was headed back to the base to pick up the girls from CDC and then coming back home. That's when the day switched to a very fun kind of day.

The girls were all full of energy and wanted to share the day with us, even Jackie was talking up a blue streak. They went off for a little while and were playing together with their dolls. This gave me some time to figure out what I needed to do for dinner, though I already had planned on spaghetti. I cooked up the sauce and it came out exactly as I wanted it and the spaghetti noodles were just right. Both the girls ate plenty and the funny thing is that Stacy ate more than Jackie this time. After dinner, it still wasn't too close to bed time, yet Stacy asked if she could get her night gown on, and thus Jackie wanted to also. Shortly afterward  I called Grandma, and both of them talked with her, and told her all about their day and dinner.

I went up to my "office" and the girls came up with me. I spent about 15 minutes checking my email and Jackie asked to watch some Bugs Bunny. I said sure, but after I read you the story that Stacy asked me to read, earlier. They both sat with me as I read the story and then we watched some Bugs Bunny cartoons, I think three of them. Then it occurred to me that they should be doing this with Jason, so we went down to his room, and that's what they did, only they did it for more than just three cartoons. I stepped out and left them alone until it was time for bed, and I guess they were satisfied with their time because they were ready and willing to go to bed. It felt like a great night of family bonding and I could see that the three of them were very happy with the evening. Tomorrow we will be heading over to Gracie's training, at the park, so I'll have the girls over at the play area while Jason works with Gracie. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013

Jason and I were contacted by Jennifer Town (Cpt. U.S. Navy, Ret.) that Gary Sinise was going to be at Balboa this morning, and wanted to unofficially invite us to come and see him. We decided that it was a good idea, since we hadn't see Gary in a few months, and it would be a good chance to do a little catching up. The challenge is that I had also planned on going for a nice bike ride this morning - at least 20 miles. Well, the simple solution was that I got up early and took off for my ride and still got back early enough that we could get over to the base, before Gary had to leave (he had to leave around noon). I rode a relatively quick 20 miles, a little over an hour and a half, and got home soaking wet from sweat. It took me about 20 minutes to "cool" down before I jumped into the shower, and that's when I really cooled down. I turned on the water and stepped right in before the water had a chance to warm up. I stepped right back out a little faster... ;-)

Once we got to the base, we found Gary and Jennifer sitting at a table behind the coffee shack in the quad area, so we just went over and sat down with them. They were both happy to see us and we stayed and talked for about 15 - 20 minutes, then Gary had to get going so that he could go visit some of the other guys as well. That was okay, as Jason had to take care of a couple of appointment scheduling issues. When we were all done with that, and done with the visit to Wound Care we received a call, again from Gary, and he had to get going; and, he wanted to know if we were still around. As it was, I was still putting the dressings on and needed another 10 - 15 minutes, so we simply said our good-bye on the phone. He did ask me to be sure to keep him posted on developments so I promised to send him email updates.

After that we went to lunch and then went and saw the movie Lone Ranger. I would have to give it a solid B, and thought that it was entertaining. It was something like a movie remake of an old t.v. show, and it pretty much was. The biggest draw back was that it was over 2 1/2 hours long. The biggest plus was that you really did not like the bad guy. Anyway, when we finally got back to the house it was already after 18:00 (6pm) and we were both tired, and Jason wanted a shower. On top of that Anthony Netto came by to discuss a couple things with us. Jason had been up for a very long stretch, and he was tired, and I was tired as well.

I didn't even get a long conversation with Linda tonight, because by the time I finally got a chance to sit down and relax and talk with her, it was getting late. She had a busy day with taking the kids to The Jelly Belly Factory, so we were both tired, and just wanted to go to bed. So, with that, I'm going to sign off and thank you for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I woke up this morning to a quiet house, where Jason and the girls were still asleep. This just means I can take a few moments to brush my teeth and start the day. I checked my email and found that I didn't have much "overnight" email, which was good, and then I went down to check on the rest of the household. The girls were now awake and so was Jason. I got down there and I guess Stacy heard me coming because she was calling for "Grandpa" before I got to the room She wanted to let me know that Jackie was making noise and it woke her up. I told her that it was okay this time, since it was time to get up now anyway. 

I got the girls up and then got Jason some breakfast. I fed the girls breakfast and finished getting them dressed and ready for the day. I was particularly pleased that Jason got himself ready, and that other than bringing him breakfast, I really didn't do much else. We loaded up into the van and then went over to the Naval Base to drop the girls over at the day care and get Jason over to his first meeting. He actually had a couple of things that needed to be taken care of, one of them being with the VA, and then we were going to be headed back to the house. I had my appointment, and it was over at noon, which was to coincide with Jason's schedule, but then he found out that there was a "town hall" meeting he was supposed to attend. It was to be a final meeting for the departing base commander, while at the same time an introduction to the new hospital command. There is two different command structures and they simply have to work together and resolve issues together. 

After the meeting we finally got back to the house where Jason took a shower and I changed his dressings. We really didn't need to eat lunch since the town hall meeting had sandwiches for everyone. Jason spent the rest of the day in bed and spent some time with his video games, as well as sleeping. I relaxed in the front room and cleaned up a couple of things, as well as fixed dinner (it was easy since all I had to do was re-heat the soup from last night - good soup the second time too!). Tomorrow should be another easy day, and we found out that Gary Sinise will be here tomorrow and we were asked to come by so we will be heading to the base at about 09:00, which means another easy morning. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wow! What a day. It started off with me getting up at about 05:40 and calling Linda, to make sure she was up for her day. I then got started on a couple of errands upstairs, and more specifically, in my bedroom. I then went down to make sure the girls were up and moving, but to my surprise they were already up and in the room with Daddy (Jason)! Well, it was 07:30 by now and they were full of energy and life, and I needed to get them breakfast - Jason too. I fixed them some cereal and I am happy to say that Jackie is getting much better at feeding herself, and doesn't make near the spills she used to make. Stacy has been a pretty clean and tidy eater for some time now.

After breakfast I got the girls over to their day care; and signed them in. Stacy was in her class and Jackie was back in hers, this time. I came back to the house and told Jason that because he really didn't have a bunch to do today, until after 14:00 (2pm), that I would like to get out on the bike. I hadn't ridden in about five days, and I needed to get some more miles on the bike and I should be back at the house before noon. I finally did get out of the house and got rolling down the street, and one of the first things I noticed was the head wind. The breeze wasn't too terribly bad, but it was enough to add a little more "load" on the ride. I ended up going 16.5 miles and it felt like it didn't matter which direction I was going, it was against the wind. I didn't get back to the house until 12:05, and I knew Jason had two stops prior to going to the VA, for his appointment. I hurried and got cleaned up and we were out the door before 12:30.

The VA appointment was good, in that Jason was able to meet with the doctor and they talked about all the injuries he had sustained, and the doctor took down all the information. Then I think the doctor's curiosity got the better of him and he asked to see the wounds. Good thing I was there, as they didn't have any medical supplies there, and we didn't bring any with us. I had to re-use the pads he came in with, and it was like putting a puzzle back together. After that we picked up the girls and came back to the house.

We got to the house and the maintenance guy was here, fixing a couple of the things I had asked be checked out. One of the biggies was the faucet in the kitchen sink. The way the handle was set was just within reach for Jason, and I wanted to get it a little closer. On top of that, there was a leak that was causing water to go under the sink, into the cabinet. The new faucet was installed and it is a little easier for Jason to get to, and it doesn't leak. Jason went straight to work on fixing dinner, as he wanted to make some of his famous soup for the girls. It did take him a while to get everything put together, and except for the spices (they're kept on the upper shelves) he was able to get to everything on his own. It was a very good experience. It also allowed us some time to talk about what kind of house he would like to have, once we get away from the naval hospital, here.

The soup was very good, and I probably ate too much, but what the heck, I was hungry. Even the girls ate a fare amount. The rest is in the refrigerator, and we'll probably eat it for lunch tomorrow. The girls go back to their mom tomorrow, so we won't see them again until Friday, and then have them through next Tuesday. The schedule may seem a little crazy, but once you get used to it, it actually makes sense.

Tomorrow Jason has a couple of appointments at the Naval hospital, along with a couple of his regular PT appointments, and I even have an appointment. I don't think I'll be getting a bike ride in, but probably will on Thursday. Thanks, for all the continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Not a great deal going on today, other than the girls are back with us, at least until Wednesday morning, when we take them to their day care. The communications between Jason and his ex seems to be going much better than it was just a few weeks ago, and I'm glad to see that. They have a schedule that has it totally outlined as to when the girl are with us, and when they are not, and it seems to be working well.

The morning started with Jason going to formation, as he does on Mondays, and today's ceremony was topped off with the retirement of three other Marines, all from the Wounded Warrior Battalion. One of them was Sgt James Amos, who we met back in the early days of Bethesda. He is a double amputee and more than once, he and Jason would just sit and talk about their lives. I was glad to see him moving on, but I was also saddened by his departure, truly a hero in every sense of the word.

After formation we both had meetings to attend to in Building 26, and then other things to be done over by C5. We hadn't planned on the meetings and things to be at that same time, it just worked out that way. So much so that as I walked out of the building, Jason came out with me and we headed over to C5 together. While there Jason had some of his meds updated and Rx's filled. I went to pick up some new supplies. After this we went back to the house, mostly to allow Jason to take a shower and clean up, and also a dressing change for the wounds.

We went to the store and picked up a few things, mostly fresh vegetables, so that Jason can put together one of his famous soups. We also bought a few other things like milk and eggs, but those are kind of normal purchases. Once we got back to the house I fixed lunch for the two of us, and then I sat down on the couch for about 15 minutes. It was now time to go back and pick up the girls as well as the meds that had been ordered for Jason.

They are doing some renovation with the pharmacy, so frequently the time to pick up prescriptions is much longer than what would normally be experienced. I got the meds and went over to pick up the girls and found out that they were in the same room. Jackie spent the day with Stacy and it worked very well for them as well as making it easier for me to pick them up. We went back to the house and then the girls and I walked over to the housing office to get some work orders placed (a couple of things need repair). We got back to the house and I let the girls play while I started to fix dinner.

The girls went to bed, with no problems and so I read them a nice long story about Cinderella, and then they went to bed (and I'm going to be doing the same in a few minutes). Tomorrow should be another easy day, though both of us need to go to the VA to get some information, and check on appointments. The real good news is that I don't have to get the girls up early, and they can sleep in. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support, and take care and stay positive.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21, 2013

Today was kind of a plus day for us, even though Linda had to travel back up to Livermore. The plus was that she wasn't supposed to be here at all, and should have gone home last night. As it was, when it was time for her to travel to the airport, I got her there late. I consider it all my fault, as I wasn't watching the time and so we had to go with a next flight option. She did get on that next flight and made it back up to Livermore about 30 minutes later than originally planned. A big THANK YOU, to Kevin for being available, on short notice, to pick her up and bring her back to the house.

Otherwise, today was spent being relaxed, and just sitting around talking for the most part, along with eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Linda had to leave right at lunch time. Jason only got out of bed to take his shower and for me to do the dressing changes, and I think this is probably a good thing, considering the amount of time he had been spending up, over these past few weeks. The wounds are still healing up, though there is some signs that a couple of the smaller ones are exhibiting some expansion, and I'd rather that not be the case. Tomorrow I will be going in to the base, with Jason, at about 07:00, so he can be a part of the Monday morning formation. After that he has another meeting so I will be heading over to pick up some of the supplies we need, and then probably meet him over at his 9:00 appointment.

We do get to pick up the girls, later in the day, and we'll have them for a couple of days, so that will be fun, and we'll also probably need to get over to the grocery store to do some shopping, as we're low on a few things, like eggs and bread. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, take care and stay positive.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A nice quiet day at the Ross household, where we all got up a little later than usual (about 07:15) and nothing planned for the day, other than my needing to be on a conference call with PMI. (Project Management Institute). The conference call lasted for just over four hours and when it was over I spent the time with Linda as she packed for her travel home. While I was on the call she was busy with other things such as getting the last of the laundry all done and cleaning the house the way she likes it to be done. Anyway, we did a few little chores, like hanging pictures and running to the store to pick up a couple of things, then the time was getting to when we needed to head for the airport.

Linda did the final touches of her packing of the bags; I carried them down the stairs to the front door; and, then she came down just a few moments later. I took the bags out to the car and placed them in the back of the van. I walked back in to the house and was standing in the kitchen, ready to walk back out to the van so we could leave; after all, it was 18:00 (6pm) and her flight was to leave at 19:35 (7:35pm). That's when I got that phone call - it was Southwest, so I put it on speaker so Linda could hear. The flight had been cancelled and she needed to call them to find out when the next available flight would be leaving. As it turned out the next available flight (that she would accept) was at 12:30pm tomorrow afternoon. This was actually very good news for us, and Jason asked us if we wanted to go out to dinner - his treat! Linda gets to sleep with me again tonight (and me with her), so we end up with another night together. Tomorrow, obviously will be a run to the airport, then generally a relaxed day. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Friday, July 19, 2013

First, what happened yesterday?

Yesterday was a fairly normal Thursday for us, other than; 1) Linda took Jason to his appointments, so that she could get a feel for what it was like; and, 2) it allowed me to go for a longer bike ride (close to 30 miles) and not have to wonder if I'm being out too late, rolling around in the back of my mind; and, 3) we went to a Freedom Alliance benefit dinner that lasted longer than we thought we were going to be out - but more on that later.

Linda had a pretty good experience, even though she accidentally hit a switch under the dash that shuts off the ramp extender. It took a little bit to find the reset button, and everything went back to normal. The real positive is that now she knows about the switch and reset button, so that if it should happen again it won't be any problem at all. She and Jason got back to the house a little after I did, and my ride was very good as a solid training ride. I went out to Cabrillo National Park and then road up to the light house. On the way back down I rode past the street where I would turn back to go to the house and continued on to Sea World, and beyond, then finally turned back around and went back to the house. What was particularly good about this ride was that I didn't have to stop to break until I was up at Cabrillo Park, and then a second break at about the 22 mile mark. Neither break went more than 3 minutes, and I had plenty of Gatorade and water to get me all the way.

Finally, after Jason's shower, that he took when we were all back home, we all laid down for a little rest. Oh, and we did have a quick lunch in there as well. We all dressed up and left the house at about 18:15 (6:15pm) and that was a little later than I wanted, but I thought what the heck we have plenty of time (I know, famous last words). We got out on the road and at about Carlsbad the traffic slowed, got slower still and finally almost stopped. I didn't start to worry about it, until we had lost almost 20 minutes and I knew we were going to be late. As it turned out, we kind of crawled along for about 10 miles and then the traffic started to loosen up. Shortly there after we were moving at full speed again and we did, in fact, make it before the dinner started. Once we were there I recognized a few people that we met last year, at this same event and then ran into Nick Popaditch (author of "Once A Marine" - good book to understanding the mindset of a career Marine). He came over and met Jason and Linda and we had a couple of pictures taken. Shortly after that we had our picture taken with Ronald Regan's son, Michael and Lt. Col. Oliver North. At this point it was time for us to go in and have dinner. While all this is going on, Bob Hamer, our benefactor for tonight's dinner and invitation, is bringing us our name tags and making sure we're alright.

Dinner was excellent, and we got to sit with Kelly Carlson (TV: Nip/Tuck and the movie "Marine") and her boy friend (who happens to be Navy - go figure). I only knew of her because Jason had told me she had come to visit him once in Bethesda, and Linda didn't remember who she was either. She is a friend of both Bob Hamer and Gary Sinise. Anyway, it was a great evening until Jason started to feel uncomfortable and we had to leave. We did get to stay long enough to see Bob receive an award of recognition, and a couple of short talks. Fortunately the drive home was relatively quick and without incident.

Today, Jason decided that he would rather just stay in bed for most of the day. We got him breakfast and made sure that things were well within his reach, then Linda and I took off to be tourists again. It was for a matter of a few hours, and it was another opportunity to allow Jason to be "on his own" for a little while, and all worked well. What we did was we went on a tour of the San Diego and Coronado Island area, and it gave me a chance to learn a little more about the history of this place.

We came back home at about 16:00 (4pm), and Jason wanted to get a shower in, as well as to have his dressings changed. Not much else for this evening other than Linda doing some packing and organizing, and checking in her flight... yes, she is flying home tomorrow. We are going to miss her, and hope to be able to get her back here sooner rather than later. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This was one of those early mornings, where we didn't have to get going early... i.e. the girls simply got up early today and we didn't need to leave the house until almost 08:45. That made it kind of a fun and crazy morning, with Grandma (Linda) and I working on getting the girls all ready and their hair looking great. Actually, I've been taking advantage of Linda being here so that she can teach me a few things about how to fix a little girl's hair, and when she takes off in a few days I should still be able to at least make them presentable.

We got the girls to their day care and then Jason over to his appointments and then we came back to the house. Jason said he wanted to head out to lunch and Linda said how about Olive Garden. Me, I was just hungry since all I had was toast for breakfast... and a cup of herbal tea. We got to the Olive Garden and the food was good, as was the service, though it wasn't anything out of the ordinary, as we kind of expect that with this particular restaurant.

We really didn't do much for the rest of the day, other than to pick up some clothes from the cleaners and just laid around the house. Tomorrow we're going to a special dinner, with Bob Hamer, and we needed the clothes from the cleaners so that Jason could be in his Tux (I don't have a tux, but I do have a nice suit and Linda has a nice dress). I might be able to get some pictures from the dinner, but that still remains to be seen. Heck, I still need to post the pictures of the girls from the carousel, from the other day.

Tonight we had a mish-mash of different things for dinner, and realized we ned to go to the store tomorrow, if we can, and restock the place. Linda will be taking Jason to his appointment tomorrow and I will be going for a long ride - possibly 30+ miles, and I want to see if I can get it all done in about 3 hours. If that works then I'll feel much better about being ready for the up coming ride. Still looking for sponsors, so please go to the web site for the eodride (www.eodride.org) and select the San Diego ride. You should be able to find my name under the Riders and then you just have to click on my name and follow the directions. Anyway, that's about it for today, so thank you for the continued support and prayers and take care and have a great day.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Today started out very early, with Jason needing to be at a "class" for those who are starting the medical review boards. Jason has just recently started that, so he is obligated to take this training. The interesting part is that it is typically an all day session, meaning about nine hours, and Jason can not remain up in his chair for more than five hours at a time. Going more than four hours begins to cause him a great deal of dis-comfort and going over five there will be damage. What they have had to do is split the class in to two sessions and the first one is today with the next one happening next week.

We had to get the girls up early as well, since we wanted to get them over to the day care and then Linda and I were going to get to spend the morning, or at least most of it, together. What actually happened wasn't quite what we expected, but then it usually doesn't happen the way we expect anyway. We did get the girls over to their day care, right after dropping Jason off. Then we decided to go off to breakfast, with just the two of us, at the Broken Yoke.

We got into the restaurant without any kind of wait, and ordered out breakfasts. Linda was feeling a little out of sorts, since she had to get up early today, but we figured it was just a matter of needing to get things going with breakfast. Everything was good, until they brought my breakfast. I ordered the home fries, and noticed that the potatoes were bad, and had large black spots all through them. I called the manager over and showed him and he was thoroughly embarrassed. They did their best to fix the situation and apologized several times and then Linda began to get a bad headache. Over the coarse of about 15 minutes the headache went from bad to worse. We finally left with most of our breakfasts in boxes (they discounted for the potatoes, but no comp), and I brought Linda back home. She had a full blown migraine by the time we walked back into the house. She laid down and remained that way for most of the rest of the day. I did what I could to make her feel better, but she wanted to have a quiet and dark room.

While she was "resting" I decided to take off for a bike ride and road out to Cabrillo again, and it was a nice ride. I actually stopped and talked with the Park Ranger for a few minutes as he said he recognized me from my previous visits (I guess I'm riding out there often enough now that they are starting to recognize me). I bought a 1-week access to the park (bikes even have to pay for entry), so that I can come back again, and road into the park, and around for a little bit. I knew I needed to get back to the house so I didn't ride around too much. The total ride was about 16.5 miles, and I was pretty sweaty by  the time I got back home. When I did get home I saw the clock and it said 11:12, and I knew I needed to be back at Balboa by 11:30 to pick up Jason.

I came in the house and Linda was asleep. I did my best to not disturb her, and just grabbed a clean shirt and took off to go get Jason. I drove on to the base and went to C5 parking, where I usually go, and then called him to see where he was. He was over at building 26, waiting for me. I ended up picking him up at about 11:32, so I wasn't too late, and we headed on back home. This is where he took a shower and I did a dressing change for him. Afterward I took a shower and felt much better.

The rest of the day was me going to pick up the girls from day care, at about 15:00 (3pm) and coming back home. I took them over to the big park, after we had gotten back to the house, and they practically ran the entire way there. We only stayed for about 30 minutes, as there weren't any other kids there and they were hoping to have others to play with. We went on back home and finished watching Tangled (started it last night), and Jason ordered a pizza (he isn't in the mood for pizza very often, so when he is it usually works for all of us). He ordered a Hawaiian style for the girls, since they seem to like pineapple on their pizza, and then another one for him and I.

A little while latter I was upstairs, giving the girls a bath. About this time Linda got up and she wanted to come out and spend some time with the girls. She will be flying home this weekend and wanted spend some time with them, since this is their last night with us, while Linda is here. She sort of took over, once I got them out of the water and down stairs, and that was okay with me, since I needed to run over to the store (The girls drank the last of the milk with their pizza, and I wanted to be sure we had some in the morning.). I came home and told the girls good night, and then Linda and I sat down in the living room for about 30 minutes and just talked. We also killed a small bottle of wine, and then came back up to go to bed, and me finish this blog. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive. I am actually quite tired right now, so please forgive any type-o's and other errors.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Good day for the family, and for Jason in particular. He had a great morning with Physical Therapy (PT) and before that his morning formation was over in a matter of less than 20 minutes. After PT he did mention to me that he was a little soar in a couple of places where Dawn was working his shoulders, but that wouldn't be the first time that has happened. We did get to go see Pacific Rim, and it was an entertaining movie, though I am glad we went to the matinee and that we didn't have to pay full price for it. I got the impression that the people who put it together wanted to put something together that was a bit like Godzilla meets War of The Worlds, and there were some interesting turns with it. Overall I'd give it a B-, though I did enjoy the characters Ron Perlman played and the crazy professors, and that's all I'll say about that.

Tomorrow is going to be another early day, and Jason is going to be heading in very early for some classes he is required to attend. The class is actually an all-day type class and they have modified it so that he can take half tomorrow and the other half next week (at least I think that's the schedule). The girls will be going to day care and that will mean that Linda and I will be able to have the morning to ourselves, after we drop everyone off. That's about it for now, though I'm sure I could write more. I need to post some of the photos from the carousel rides yesterday, but I'm tired and I don't want to accidentally goof on something. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers - Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 14, 2013

First a little explanation of what happened yesterday, and why no post.

First it began with my system running slow, so I did some work on cleaning up the buffers, cache, temp files, defragging the hard drive and when I was done the system seemed to be functioning much better... for a little while. As I sat down to do a little catch up with my email, and then the blog (my normal routine at the end of the day) I noticed the battery was low and not charging. I was concerned with this and started to look at the cables and then it all just quit, with a black screen. My first thought was that something was wrong with the system in general and that I had done something wrong with my clean up effort, and was concerned that I was going to have to possibly get a new system. This was not very appealing to me, as that means spending money we don't have. In the morning I did a quick bike ride (too early for anyone to be open) and then headed over to Best Buy, since they hold the warranty on the system, and I knew they would be able to do at least some checking on why it wasn't running. As it turned out they just hooked it up to another, known good power supply, and the system came back to life. That told us that the power supply was shot and that all I needed to do was replace that. Much cheaper than buying a whole new system. As it turned out, it only cost me about $65. and the system is running just fine.

Okay, otherwise, Saturday (yesterday) started out with a really long bike ride, over some hilly terrain and my legs got a great work out. I remember going out a few months back and seeing this hill and thinking to myself that I didn't want to have to ever ride that one. Not only did I ride that hill, I road another one that was just as challenging, and I did it without having to stop. I felt pretty good after that ride, though I did need a little extra time to recover. When I got back to the house everyone was up and moving and we had a generally pretty good day.

There were the normal activities and things like showers and dressing changes - by the way, the wounds are looking much better, and I am hopeful that a couple of the areas are going to be closing up soon. This would be very good. The girls have been having a great time and playing with each other, as well as with Daddy (Jason), and Grandma and Grandpa. As it was, today was very similar to yesterday, except for some other activities, and a repair that happened today on my laptop... ;-)

One of the biggest differences for today was that after dinner tonight we took the girls to the carousel, over at the Sea Port Village, and they had a great time. Jason watched them as they rode the ride three times, and would have ridden more if it hadn't been time to get back to the house, so they could go to bed. We rode back to the house, and even after we got back to the house, both the girls were still excited about riding the horses and other carousel animals. I think we'll have to go back there again.

Jason is still making some significant progress with his meds, and that he is getting away from some of the pain medications, and that is a great thing. The fear is that the doctors will prescribe the same stuff again, after he has some surgery that is coming up. I know that is one of the concerns he has. He wants to get away from the medications as soon as he can so that he can give his kidneys a bit of a rest, even though there are no signs of any problems.

Tomorrow we have to get going early, as Jason has a 07:30 formation, so the two of us will go in the morning, and Linda will remain with the girls, back at the house. We will be leaving at about 07:00, and then coming back to pick them up later, so that they can get to day care. It works good for Linda that way too, so we're all happy. This has been a long post, so I really appreciate your taking the time to read the whole thing. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive...

Friday, July 12, 2013

July 12, 2013

Okay, so what happened yesterday?

Yesterday, Linda and I went to Sea World, and spent the better part of the day there - just the two of us.

Jason had an appointment with the VA, and that was over in a matter of a couple of hours, and the Marines did the transporting to and back to the house, for us as Linda's Mom and Dad spent the rest of the day with Jason. It allowed Linda and I to had a nice day together, and we simply did whatever we wanted to do. Linda's parents (Joe and Jessie) had to take off this morning, and they will be continuing their trek around California, visiting with family. They are the head of a very large family, and do an amazing job of staying in touch with as many of the family as they can. It was both an honor and pleasure to have them stay with us, for the week (okay, almost a week).

The only down side for yesterday came later in the evening, shortly after Linda and I returned home. We left Sea World and got home at about 19:00 (7pm) and had just sat down with everyone when a knock came to the door. It was the San Diego Police - they wanted to talk to me! Apparently a report had been filed (I won't mention by whom) that I had "slapped" Stacy, while giving them a bath. I told them that it was not true, as I hadn't ever slapped either of the girls. I then asked when was this supposed to have happened, and they said just a few days ago. Again, this was interesting since I hadn't given the girls a bath since about the middle of last month. Linda has been doing the honor. They finished with me and then spoke with Linda, for about the same time, and again in private. When they were done they apologized for bothering us, but that they had to look into accusations, such as this, and we told them that no apology was needed, as they were only doing their job.

To say the least, I was upset and so was Linda. Perhaps it was better that I hadn't written anything last night, as I might have said something that wasn't appropriate. As it was, Jason had received a text message and in it, it says that it was Jackie and not Stacy, so that just made it that much more interesting. I told Jason that we just needed to stay on the high road and not to let these kinds of things bring us down. He was bothered that it happened but wasn't angry, and when we picked up the girls today they were excited to see us, and that is what really matters.

Jason had a formation this morning and we took care of some open issues with his schedule. I picked up some supplies and then we went back to the house. We picked up Linda (she had stayed back with her Mom and Dad) and we went off to lunch. We then went over to pick up the girls, who were just getting up from their nap, and we came back to the house. The girls were happy to be here and were having a great time, then I said I needed to head over to the store to pick up a couple of things. As it turned out, Jason stayed at the house and the rest of us all went. It was an adventure for the girls and they again, had a great time. The rest of the evening was spent with dinner; giving the girls a bath (again, it was Linda); and I helped Jason with his shower and dressing change. The girls went to bed and I came up to work on my email and get this blog put together. It has been a good day.

Tomorrow Jason and I will be heading off to take Gracie to her training lesson (maybe I should say Jason and Gracie's training lesson), and then back to the house. If I can get up early enough I will go for a bike ride, and see if I can get in more than 20 miles, before we go. I believe we had a good day today, and tomorrow is going to be just as good, or maybe better. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers and take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Jason and I started out with an early meeting at building 26, and immediately after I dropped him off for that I had to drop the girls off at day care. They spent the past two days with us and will spend the next two days at their mother's place, then on Friday they are back with us for five days. The schedule is a little confusing at first, but once you get it, it seems pretty easy. Anyway, they are spending half the time with Dad and the other half with Mom.

Anyway, when Jason was done with his "administrative" stuff, he had to get over to the VA for his next appointment there. This proved a bit of a challenge, as I also had an appointment, but mine was not at this location, so I had to drop him off, and then come back to pick him up, about an hour later. The appointment itself, for either of us, wasn't bad and is just another in line for all the appointments we have to take care of. The real challenge was making sure I wasn't delayed any longer than I needed to be.

When the appointments were over we came back home. Actually, we needed to stop for gas, as the van was running on fumes, and we felt it was probably a good idea to put more fuel in the tank... ;-) We got back to the house and Jason took a shower, the dressings were changed out and we had lunch (we both had soup). He laid back and got involved with his video game, and did some on-line gaming, and I went up to my computer and did some catch up on my email. I really do try to keep on top of the email, and sometimes it can really be a challenge. Especially now with the VA appointments and the regular appointments, plus all those administrative type appointments seeming to come right on top of each other. It can make for a full day of activity - then we need to take care of things at the house!

Linda and her parents decided to do a little more touristy kind of stuff and spent the better part of the day on a tour of the city. It was an organized tour that allowed them to see and learn more about San Diego. It was a great opportunity for all of them, plus it gave them some time just to be together, and I can appreciate that. Jason and I were happy to be relaxing at the house. Tomorrow Linda and I will be playing the tourists and going to Sea World. We are going to spend most of the day together, after I get back from my bike ride. Yep, I plan on a bike ride, early in the morning. I'll probably do a little more than an hour, and then call it quits. I need to have the energy for the walking around. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I am going to apologize to begin with, as this is going to be a very short post - I'm tired. It has been a very busy day with trips to the base and some initial VA trips for Jason, and his initial exams. This is the way it is going to be for a number of weeks and some days it is going to be a bit on the crazy side. Funny thing is that as new surgeries come the VA stuff has to get restarted, each time. Not sure why they want him to go through all this right now, but that's the directive we've been given. This is one of those, "Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do..." Tomorrow we'll be doing more.

My birthday was quite nice and I had a bunch of wonderful family members here to help me celebrate. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013

Today we did a couple of things a little different, and it turned out to be a pretty exciting day, with lots of fun and not too much additional stress. The day started with all of us getting up to go to the Charlie Linville retirement ceremony, and it was something that none of us had seen before. Charlie was a gracious as ever and made the comment that in his entire Marine career he had never had other Marines stand at attention for him, for any kind of presentation. He figured that this was okay, since it would also be the last time he had asked anyone to do it. Reality is that all of the guys there were happy to be able to be a part of the ceremony and recognized the importance of the event for Charlie.

After that there were a couple of other things that Jason needed to get done at the base, and with other appointments, and I had to take off for my appointments at the VA. Fortunately, Linda is authorized to drive the Rollex Van for Jason, so I took the other vehicle and went to the VA, while Linda, and her parents stayed with Jason at the hospital, in Balboa. As it turned out it was the right thing to do, because both of us finished with the appointment at about the same time and got back to the house at about the same time.

It was now lunch so we had a quick lunch and a couple of them took a nap. I had another errand to take care of, and when I was done we went to go pick up the girls from day care. The plan now was to get over to one of the tours of the San Diego Bay, and take the girls with us. It is a tour that lasts for about two hours, and when we were done we were going to have some dinner. The timing was excellent, as we finished the tour; Linda made a quick dinner for all of us; there was a bit of a clean up; and then I went and told them a story before bed. Linda follows me with a couple of songs they like to sing and then we sat up a couple more hours with all the adults, and just enjoyed each other's company.

By now Jason had gone to sleep, and so we didn't (or at least tried to avoid) bothering him. Tomorrow are a couple of appointments, with one of them being with the VA, and the other at Balboa. The tough part is that I'm not getting my rides in, so I'm not building any of the riding strength that I wanted. Oh well, I am doing pretty good right now, so perhaps I won't loose too much. Thanks, for all the continued support and all the prayers.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013

We got up early today and I fixed a nice pancake breakfast with eggs. I ended up making a few more pancakes than needed, but that's okay, we can save them for later - I think. Linda's parents are going to be here with us for almost a week, so we can have some good times with them, and the girls will get a chance to see their great grandparents for a couple of days.

We didn't do too much other than to go to Charlie Linville's going away lunch at the Bol Weevill. It was nice, and Bob Hamer was the one who organized it. There were a few other EOD Wounded Warriors there, so it was a nice social time for Jason, as well as a chance to do some catching up with the Linville family. The official "retirement" ceremony will take place tomorrow morning at the base, and we will be there too. I have posted a couple of pictures with this blog - Charlie is the tall one and Bob is the one on Jason's right.



There are some appointments we need to take care of, and then we'll head on back home - right after we pick up the girls from day care. We have a couple of activities we want to do with them, and with Linda's parents, so we are going to be tourists, at least for a few hours, and it should be fun. Maybe I'll get some additional photos posted tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, and take care and stay positive.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013

Today started with a nice bike ride of 16+ miles over some unfamiliar terrain and with plenty of hills. Well, the first part of the ride was familiar, as I am getting to know the first 3 to 4 miles of area around the house, pretty well now. I enjoy exploring new areas, and it is like a way to help me stay focused on the ride and I don't seem to get as tired. The funny thing is that at about 5 miles out I realized that I had forgotten to take my backpack, and I always bring that along. It has all my emergency stuff like spare tubes and a little bit of food to keep my energy up. I decided that I would continue on with the ride and then remembered that I also left my cell phone in the backpack, so if something were to go wrong I wouldn't have a way to call home, and I didn't even have my wallet or any ID with me. Again, this made me a little nervous but I did so want to get in at least 15 miles today, and when I got going, stretching that out to the 16 mile mark wasn't too hard.

I got back to the house is just over an hour, and Jason and Linda had already taken the girls over to their mom's place. We had a few things to take care of, like Jason wanted to get his shower in and the dressings changed; and, on top of that I had committed to Linda that I would clean the floors. It all worked out as just as I was finishing up the floors (they needed a good scrubbing) we were contacted by Anthony N. to join him and Angelica for lunch. After I took my shower we all piled into the van and went to have lunch with Anthony. A short while after lunch we were back at home (Anthony and Angelica came also) relaxing and talking about all sorts of stuff. It was a nice social time and then a phone call came in stating that Linda's Mom and Dad were going to be here in just a few minutes - literally.

What was nice about that was that Anthony had not yet had a chance to meet them, and both are important people in Jason's life, and it was important to him. Anthony and Angelica left a short while after Linda's parents arrived, and so now it was some family news and catching up that took place. We decided to go out to dinner tonight, though Jason decided to stay back live on leftovers. He was tired and needed the rest and I was okay with that. Dinner was nice and we came back home, and now I'm finishing up the blog. We'll probably do a little more socializing and then go to bed. I haven't decided if I am going to be going for a ride in the morning, but it is likely that it won't happen. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers and take care and stay positive.

Friday, July 5, 2013

July 5, 2013

Not much to write about today, other than to say it was a day similar to yesterday. The main differences are that we didn't have celebratory fireworks today, and today we went to get pictures taken of Jason and the girls (and Gracie). The pictures came out very nice and Linda bought a few of them, though the most important item was the CD that we were given afterward. The photographer we had was excellent, in that he knows how to work with children, especially the young ones who have short attention spans. He was able to get them to focus long enough to get their pictures taken, and also able to get them to smile when needed.

The rest of the day was spent here at the house and we all just enjoyed each other's company. Tomorrow the girls will be going back to their mother, and the timing is kind of unfortunate as Linda's parents will be coming in tomorrow night sometime. On the bright side is that they will be visiting long enough that they will be able to see the girls and that will be good for everyone. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers and take care and stay positive.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013 Happy Independence Day!

Good day for resting, and Jason took advantage of it. Other than getting up to go pick up the girls this morning and taking Gracie out to the backyard he stayed down, and I was happy about it. I know the wounds are looking better, and I'd like for that to continue. The progress is good so I am allowing myself to be a little optimistic about future developments, and will continue to be that way as long as I can.

Tomorrow we will be heading out to the Picture People, to take a few more pictures of the girls with Jason, and we hope we can continue to do this every 6 months or so; at least annually. They have grown so much this past year, and now we're getting ready for Stacy to go into Kindergarten... STARTING SCHOOL ALREADY!!

As for fireworks and celebrating, it has been a very low key kind of holiday. Jason doesn't want to be up any more than he has to be, and the girls shouldn't be out that late anyway. Actually, I think Grandpa wouldn't be able to stay out that late either. That's okay, as there will more fireworks in the future and we can have other opportunities for celebrating.

I had a great early ride today, and put on more than 26 miles and went up to the top of Mission Gorge. It is a pretty good hill that goes for close to a mile, so it was a good work out. The good part was the trip back down where I hit nearly 38 miles/hour. Not once did I feel concerned about that speed, and at the end of the ride I still felt like I had a reasonable amount of energy. I think I might be able to build up to the October ride, as long as I continue to train. Thank you, for all your continued prayers and support.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

A great day for Jason as we were able to finally get the appointment scheduled for him to have the updated MRI and CT Scan on his pelvic area. This is something that we have wanted to get done for several weeks now so we feel like a mile stone has been achieved. The rest of his appointments, today, were good in that he  was able to get some needed attention from the right folks, and everything was done by 10:30 and we were able to head back to the house.

With today being July 3, the day prior to a National Holiday, and the fact that we're living in the middle of a military area, we find that people are anxious to get out and start their holiday as early as possible. This had an impact on my bike ride today. I think I may have gone as far as 2.5 miles and did not like the traffic one little bit. I am going to be getting out early tomorrow and go for a long ride, and see if I can get in 25+ miles, as I continue to build on my endurance. Still looking for more sponsors, too so feel free to check out the page at www.eodride.org/sponsor-a-rider then select the San Diego ride. A list will come up and you just need to find my name and click on it to begin the process. Any amount helps so please consider it.

The girls will be coming back to the house tomorrow, at about 10:00, so I might be out on my ride still, when they arrive. The schedule for when they are to be here has finally been agreed upon, again, so we are once again back to what we had started with. I know Jason is happy that this is finally done, as it was beginning to  become a bit of a headache for all of us. Funny what a little type-o can do.

We are planning on having a fun filled day with the girls and maybe even go to the Zoo during their stay this time, though we haven't picked a date yet. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2 2013

We had a nice day today, with Jason taking care of his appointments, and me taking care of mine (I went to the VA to get some lab work done and set up a follow up appointment). Linda was along and had a chance to speak with some of the staff there, and along with that there was a special event going on in the quad where there was a celebration of the different cultures that make up the military family. The three she enjoyed the most were the dancers from the Islands, Philippines, and India - though I guess Philippines are probably considered part of the Islands, also. Then there were these two Nay Chiefs that left a heck of an impression on her, for their singing talent, so all-in-all she had a great time. While she was doing that Jason and I were in talking with Plastics and Primary Care.

The good things that came out of those conversations is that we think there is going to be some movement on  getting a new model developed and built of his pelvic area, as well as some of the other issues such as vascular structure. This is the stuff that is needed if the doctors are going to be able to get in to do any more work to help close up the wounds and make it possible for him to stay up, in a sitting position, with less pain and discomfort. There are possible other repercussions associated with this, such as how the timing could impact the rest of the year and all the things he would like to see happen.

Tomorrow is going to be a mild day, since it is the day for the National Holiday. We need to be at the Flag Poll at 07:30, so I am going to need to get to bed here, real quick. Actually, I think everyone else is already asleep. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support and take care and stay positive.

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013

Today started early, with a trip to the base, so that Jason could make the 07:30 formation, and while he was getting ready for that Grandma and Grandpa took the girls to their day care. We won't have the girls for the next two days, or at least that is the current schedule. We have had them for several days now and it has been a great deal of fun. They are growing so fast and showing us that they are learning so much. Having said that we're looking forward to getting Stacy into kindergarten, this coming school year and thus the beginning of her "formal" elementary education will begin.

After we dropped off the girls we went back over to building 26, where the formation was, and took care of a couple of paperwork issues. We also spent a little time visiting with some friends and basically having a good time, while we waited for Jason to finish up all the stuff he was doing. We then headed off to breakfast, or I should say to their breakfast. I wasn't going to have breakfast because I had an appointment with the VA. That was okay, as I wanted to get this appointment going and I knew I had to fast so they could do the lab work. Well, as we drove down the road my phone rang and it was the VA. They called to let me know that the appointment had been postponed because I hadn't gone in last week to get the lab work done. I told them I wasn't aware that I needed to go in a week earlier, and that last time I wasn't required to. Anyway, to make a long story short, I am now rescheduled to go next week and I have to get over to their office tomorrow to have the lab work started. Because of this I got to eat breakfast, so I considered it a positive out come.

After we got back home from breakfast we all got busy with a few things, including the wound care and a shower for Jason; and, by 10:00 I was ready to take off for a ride. I finally got out of the house at about 10:25 and returned at about 12:45. I went for almost 25 miles and felt pretty good. I was also pleased that I could get in a decent ride all within a comfortable distance of the house.

Jason had said he was interested in going to the movies, and see World War Z, so we went to the 15:00 (3pm) showing. It was an interesting moving, and perhaps because of the poor reviews I wasn't expecting too much of a movie. I thought it could have done more to build the story and the characters, but then it would have been a very long movie. We enjoyed watching, and it was entertaining. While Jason and I were at the movie, Linda stayed home working on a project of organizing Jason's dvds. She also watched a few movies along the way and she said she had a great time. The organized dvds look good too.

Tomorrow should be another good day for Jason, as he has a couple appointments, and they don't start until a little later in the morning. Once I drop Jason and Linda off at the base I will be headed over to the VA to get the lab work started. After that I'll head back to the base and catch up to them (at least that is my hope), and then we'll head back to the house. I'll be working on the yard a little later in the day, and doing some clean up there. Linda will probably be finishing up the dvds and Jason will we working through some of his paper work and playing some video games (as well as napping). Thank you, all for all the continued prayers and support - Take care and stay positive.