Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 30, 2014

As you might expect, we all slept in after getting home this morning. Linda stayed up until after 02:00 and we got home at about 04:00, so we were all quite tired. The visit to the ER was very much what Jason said it would turn out to be. A UTI (Urinary Track Infection), and the doctor labeled it a "ragging infection." He put Jason on an antibiotic for the next 5 days and then it should be all cleared up. Of course we still have our appointments for next week, so he will be seeing his doctors before the 5 days are up, but that's probably a very good thing. The remainder of today was simply Linda and I working to put the house back together, in an orderly manner, and Jason resting. I think I may have done more physical lifting, but Linda worked longer so I would say she did more.

Tomorrow I will be flying up to Livermore to pick up the rest of our belongings from out house and driving them back down here. I am ready for it to be another long day, and I will be very tired at the day's end. I spent quite a bit of time making some room for the stuff, but we'll have to wait and see just where we're going to be able to put all the items. Not sure if I'll even update the blog tomorrow, depends on when I do manage to get back down. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

March 29, 2014

Not much to report on, as far as Jason's activities or his progress, though when I did his dressing change the area did look better, and he made the comment that he was feeling pretty good. My guess is that there really isn't going to be much of any kind of update until we get to the Wound Care clinic again, and they take down the wound vac and we can see what has happened with that area.

There was, however a major improvement with Linda's and my status down here in San Diego. We brought the U-Haul truck in last night, and fortunately Joselyn was able to stay with him as late as we needed her to. This morning we had a few Marines come over, Jaime, Casey, Jeff, and Kazee and they helped us with several hours of heavy lifting and moving. We got all of it done, and we're down to one last smaller truck to bring stuff from Livermore. I will be headed up to Livermore on Monday and then loading the truck up and driving it back down. It will be a busy day, and probably a LONG day, but that's okay, I'll get to see the house again.

Okay, just as I was writing this blog Jason called me to let me know that he was in intense pain, so I've called 911 and we're headed in to the ER. I will be updating again later.

Just got back from the ER. The doctor who saw Jason said that the problem was, "a raging UTI", or a bad urinary infection. Those are the worst things for Jason, as they tend to be very painful and uncomfortable. The only good thing you can say about them is that they pain only comes in bursts, and the time between the bursts can be over an hour. The doctor prescribed antibiotics, and everything should be cleared in a matter of a few days. It is now 04:00 in the morning and I'm tired. I think I'll go to bed now. Thank you. for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014

Well, not much to report about, for the early morning activities. Jason and I had breakfast and we chatted for a little while, then I took care of a couple of chores. This gets us up to going to the hospital, and in case you were wondering... that's the most important aspect for today anyway.

The ambulance got here, actually a little early and there was a smooth transition getting from the house to the ambulance; riding in the ambulance to the hospital; and, finally getting from the ambulance to Wound Care in the hospital. We're getting to know all the attendants for Care Ambulance, and so far they have all been very professional and courteous, Care Ambulance should be very proud of their people and their training.

Once in Wound Care we were working with Rod again, and upon taking down all the dressings he was very pleased with how the wounds are coming. I was hoping that the wound vac was going to be removed, but as it stands, only half the wounds could allow for a removal. Actually, both sides (the incision sort of forms into two sections - one upper and one lower, the lower one still has the vac) might have been able to go without the vacuum, but because Dawn wasn't there today Rod wanted to let her make that call. The super good news was that both sides are looking better and I think that in a matter of a few weeks it will be totally closed and healed up. The other item that we were able to do was to allow Jason to get his injection that was getting a little late, and I was happy to see that. Not sure Jason was "happy" (he is really tired of needles), though he was glad it was done.

As we headed back to the house it felt good that the appointments are going more quickly and perhaps we can better plan or time with this. Linda will be coming back down tomorrow and we can start to feel like we're finally moving in for the long haul. With her arrival, though, we will have a bunch of work to do with all our possessions being brought in, and going to storage. I have some Marines coming over to help with the heavy lifting. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

Not much to report on today: It was a little rainy, early in the day and then there were several hours of great sunshine and then a little more rain. I only mention this because I got out and went for a longer bike ride, about 18 miles, and had a great time. I was tired when I got back home, but then I am still trying to build my stamina back up. I'd like to be able to go for the really long rides again, and maybe even a couple centuries.

Jason has an important appointment tomorrow, so I hope to be able to provide some positive comments tomorrow. He is doing well and his spirits are still up. It has been a long and tedious recovery for him, and he is anxious to get out of that room, for more than just an appointment. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

A rather uneventful day, the kind that I like to come by every now and then. Actually, as I stepped outside I thought to myself, "Hey, this is just the kind of weather I like." Sort of that high fog, not very warm yet not at all cold kind of weather. I could really smell the ocean, so perhaps a nice breeze was wafting in the coastal air and keeping it this way. Anyway, the girls got up and Stacy is sort of crossing a threshold of sorts. She is now much more interested in helping me in the morning, rather than turning it into a major play time. Of course a big part of that is that little trick that Linda showed me, about getting their clothes ready the night before. That way they feel like they have already been involved in getting themselves dressed in the morning. Less fighting and much more happy laughter.

Jason is still watching a bunch of different shows that he has been able to find on Hulu, and I am so glad that he made that connection, those months ago. I think it helps to keep him a little more sane, and helps to avoid much of the boredom. Tomorrow I will be taking the girls to their pre-schools and then we won't see them again until Monday evening (late afternoon). It does give me a break, but we still miss them. Especially when they are first gone. The house is so quiet, and still. Of course, on the other hand... Linda will be getting back soon, and then we can have a couple of days together... That, I'm looking forward to. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014

A little crazy this morning, as Jason had an early appointment and I still needed to get the girls to their pre-schools. Then I found out that the Ambulance service, who was to be transporting Jason, didn't have a dispatch record on the books for Jason, today. They did have one for tomorrow, but there is no appointment for tomorrow. Anyway, I was on the phone with them and got it all corrected, and we still made the right time for the appointment. (more on the Care Ambulance folks later)

At the appointment we took a look at the wounds and found out one very surprising thing... ALL THE ORIGINAL WOUNDS ARE NOW CLOSED! I was so happy to see this, and on top of that the incision that is still healing is looking better. I am very hopeful that the wound vac will be gone next week, and that in a matter of one or two weeks Jason will be able to sit up again. Probably not for prolonged periods, at first, but still able to sit up. This at least gets him back to the "new normal" and hopefully able to take steps to get his life going again.

Once we were back home and lunch taken care of we were able to relax a bit and get into a few other chores we wanted to get taken care of. Well, actually I was the one doing most of the chores, but Jason was able to get on line and take care of whatever he wanted to. One of the things I needed to do was contact the folks at Care Ambulance  (told you I'd get back to them), and schedule another transport for Jason on Thursday, the next appointment. I wanted to make sure that the order was done right this time so I was taking my time with the person I was speaking with. Joselyn, the Home Health Aid helping with Jason, over heard a great deal of the conversation and was amazed at how many times I had to repeat myself, just to make sure this guy was getting the information down correctly. I will be giving them a call again tomorrow, just to be sure the information is right, and to give me some warm fuzzies that this Thursday goes better.

The rest of the day was laid back and I had plenty of time to read stories to the girls. They like it when I do voices for the different characters. I'm not as good as their Daddy, but I do what I can. They went to bed very well, and tomorrow is going to be another great day. Thank you, for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 23, 2014

A good day to end a nice weekend. Tomorrow is another follow up appointment for Jason, and I am hoping to see continued improvement. I know his energy level has dropped off some, and that might be due to a shift in his meds. I will be talking with the doctors tomorrow about that.

The girls had a great day here and really showed an appreciation for the work that was recently done in the backyard. I think they spent two or three hours out there, and it was even good for Gracie. Since the girls were out there she wanted to be out  there with them. I really enjoy watching the interaction of the girls with the dog and you can see that Gracie can tell they are an important part of the family, and are connected to Jason in some way. Dogs are amazing animals sometimes.

Tomorrow is the appointment, and because of the time of the appointment we will be working fast in the morning, so I can get Stacy over to her school with time to work with Jackie as well. Linda coached me in how to prepare their clothes the night before, and that is a big time saver so it shouldn't be too crazy. Actually I thought it was going to be crazy with Linda being gone right now, but actually it hasn't been as bad or difficult as I thought it would be. I've even been able to do a couple loads of laundry... ;-) Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014

Today started pretty much as I expected it to start... Jackie came up stairs and jumped into bed and immediately wanted to know when Grandma was going to be back. I did my best to explain where Grandma was, and that if she wanted to stay in bed she needed to be quiet because Grandpa was still trying to sleep. It was only 06:10 and I wasn't ready to get up yet. Jackie was quiet for about five minutes and started singing to herself and playing with my hand. I finally rolled over and told her that if she wanted to play she could go back down to her room and I would be down later. She was happy with this and went on back to her own room. Of course I only got about another 20 minutes of rest, but it was worth the effort.

We had some visitors today, with Jason's First Sergeant coming by. She stayed for a couple hours and played with the girls for about an hour of that. Actually, Jason was asleep when she first arrived so she and I talked for a little, then the girls came out (they had just gotten up from their nap) and they wanted to show her all the great things and books they had. They finally all went out to the patio area and began to draw with chalk on the concrete. Stacy was having a great time, and I think the First Sergeant was too. Jason finally did wake up and they got to visit and talk about whatever they needed to talk about, and I think Jason enjoyed the visit.

The other visitor was Jason's tax preparer, Paul, and he really didn't stay too long. I think Jason had actually done most of the tax prep prior to Paul's arrival. It was still a new face and someone else for Jason to talk too, and I think that is the most important thing.

The girls are having a great time with us and so are Jason and I. I let them stay up a little later than they normally do, so they didn't get to bed until almost 21:00 (9pm), though they didn't seem to be bothered by staying up longer. I read them a long story and they had a fun time getting into  bed. Stacy is looking for a fun day tomorrow, so I expect tomorrow to be as much fun as today was. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014

Getting a late start on the blog, and in fact there really isn't too much to update on. Jason is doing well and had a visit from Gunny Parker. The visit was the high point of the day and you could tell a positive uplift for him as a result. I'm going to see if I can get more Marines to come by and visit, just to allow for some folks who can talk the same language as Jason.

The other great thing about today was that they finally finished the backyard area with ground cover, or mulch. It looks good and it is nice to have the environment where the girls can go out and play, and I don't worry about what they will be running on. The folks here at Gateway (a part of Lincoln Housing) have been doing a very good job of accommodating all of our requests and needs. Then again, I don't think we ask for too much, other than to keep things safe.

Linda is still up in Livermore, and they had the awards dinner tonight. The awards are from the October event, and Linda going up this week was because of this, as well as making the effort to get the house finished up. Jason provided her with a small thank you, statement she read and from what she told me I guess it was received well.

The girls are with us again and we had a great time tonight. We got to play around the house and in the backyard, and then after dinner I read some short stories to them. Tomorrow is a big day, as we're going shopping, and that tends to be a time they really like. Riding in the shopping cart is always a lot of fun and they get to wave at all the other people. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014 - Spring has sprung

As I sit here, writing this blog, it is easy to tell that Spring has sprung, as fireworks are going off over the Bay. We have been here for over two years have so far have not had the opportunity to go out and watch the fireworks display/show, and I am hoping that we eventually do get a chance. Happy Spring, everyone, it is the time of new birth and new life... though there is still lots of snow on the East Coast.

We got up this morning and got ready for the trip over to Balboa. The appointment was set at 10:10 and the ambulance arrived at 09:10. When I answered the door I made the comment that they were really early, and that was still getting a few things together (I finally remembered to bring the supplies we have here, that we really don't use, and they do want). Anyway, I was finishing up the breakfast dishes and putting stuff away when I finally let them in, and they went to go get Jason on to the gurney, for transport.

Once at the Wound Care, Rod was waiting for us and we got going quickly. The good news is that all the wounds are looking good and we felt pretty positive about its progress. The only down side is that a larger area is being vacc'd now, though that makes my job much easier. I only have to do a dressing change on an area about the size of a half dollar, and that area is continuing to progress.

Linda is back up in Livermore and working on as much as she can, while also getting a chance to connect with some of her friends. This may be the last time she sees some of them, for a longer period of time. We do get to talk on the phone, and that is good, so she is able to keep me informed of what is going on.

No appointments tomorrow, except for me, and that is a quick one. We are supposed to get some visitors from the Marines, and that will be good. The girls come back tomorrow afternoon, and will be with us for the next five days, so we have plenty of energy coming into the house. On top of all this, the Lincoln-Gateway Housing folks are working on Jason's backyard, and should be finished tomorrow (I hope before the girls arrive). I may take the girls grocery shopping, as they seem to enjoy doing that, especially when we can get one of those shopping carts that look like a car. Jackie loves to say, "Hi!" to everyone and Stacy loves to pretend to drive. I'm looking forward to the weekend. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

Another Wednesday down, though it wasn't just another Wednesday. Linda flew back up to Livermore to take care of some things for us, and Jason and I will be down here without her for a few days (about a week). I'm not going to soft peddle it, it is going to be rough since we've gotten used to her being here. She will be back next week, so I know we can get through it.

Jason is doing as well as can be expected, though new issue has come up. Because he is leaning more to his left, as he lays down, all the tears that normally form in his eyes tend to flow to one side. This has gotten to be a bit an annoyance so he is now using eye drops to help. Fortunately the wounds are still progressing so it is hoped that it won't be too much longer until he can get back to a more comfortable position.

Tomorrow is the first time that Jason will be heading to his appointment, and Linda won't be there to help take care of Gracie. I will be bringing her along in another vehicle, as I need to attend these appointments too. I find it useful to discuss little things with the Wound Care folks, and it allows me the chance to pick up any supplies I might need, if they want to try something just a little different. The other aspect is that the Wound Care people will ask questions and sometimes I'm the one with the answers.

Received a call today, from the Wounded Warrior Battalion, and next week we should be getting another van for our use. Considering the challenges that are going on with Jason's truck right now, this is probably a good thing. For the next few weeks I don't think we're going to be needing it, but after that I would have to say I believe we will. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

Another day and another sign of progress for Jason's wounds to be healing.

Linda and I got the girls up and ready for their schools, and we had them over there in a timely manner. I actually walked Stacy to her class, as it only takes a few minutes (maybe 10 in each direction) and then I took Jackie to her day care while Linda stayed with Jason. When I returned I went for a short bike ride of about 11 miles. I would have liked to have gone further but we just had too many things to do today.

We are still waiting to hear about what is happening with Jason's house and the property. The property has to be purchased first, before the house can be built, or even get started and for some reason that seems to be taking longer than anyone expected. Please keep this in mind when praying for Jason, as we need all the positive energy we can get, to get this thing going.

The other area of waiting, for Jason, is for his truck. Right now there is some concern about the platform and the mechanics involved with getting his chair in the right place. The team that is working on it is expressing some solid optimism so I figure this is just a matter of time before we hear the news that the truck will be ready soon.

This evening was a fun filled evening with the girls playing in the backyard with Grandma, mostly. I did get a chance to go back there a couple of times, but I was cooking dinner and so I had to keep an eye on the food. Yesterday I goofed and we didn't have corned beef and cabbage, so today I rectified that with a meal of corned beef and cabbage today. It was mighty tasty and I was very pleased with the quality of the corned beef. We have been doing more shopping at Sprouts and I bought one of their brand name briskets. I am happy to know that it worked out and tasted fine. The girls got a bath and a story from Grandma and Grandpa, and that pretty much ended the day. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014 - Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Three years ago Jason was brought back from his drug induced comma, for a little while anyway. The amazing part was when the psychologist came in and asked Jason what day it was. In Jason's natural mischievous manner he told the good doctor that it was March 17, 1729. At the least, the doctor was startled and a little surprised. What it did, though, was to change St. Patrick's Day forever - for me anyway. It showed Jason's mental strength and demonstrated just how strong his attitude was. Ever since then people continue to be amazed at how positive he is, and continues to be. Even after this recent surgery where he has to remain in an uncomfortable position for at least six weeks, and probably eight. I am so very proud of all he has demonstrated, and I can tell you that Linda feels the same as I do... but then again, she is his mom and you know you never get in between a mom and her cub.

Today was a good day, as we went to the hospital for wound care and dressing change. All the wounds are looking better, though they are taking their time healing up. One of the areas they were concerned about last week (Friday) looks to be in much better shape today, and it is moving in the right direction. We don't need to go back until Thursday, so I'll be taking care of everything until then, and I am becoming much more confident that I'm doing the right thing. We also had a couple of visitors, Tom Lightner and Fred Thomson, and they stayed and visited with us for about an hour. Their timing was good as Linda was able to make them both a sandwich and we all sat around and just relaxed and chatted. Its those kinds of visit that make me really appreciate life an appreciate good friends.

Linda, Grandma, took the time to make a nice St. Patrick's day for the girls, as they came home after school today. Both Stacy and Jackie were excited to see all the decorations and to find evidence of the Leprechauns all over the house, and especially their bedroom. The girls ran around for about an hour, wearing their green fairy wings and magic wands, it was an uplifting display of happiness.

The rest of the evening was dinner, and no I didn't cook corned beef, I got side tracked and before I knew it, it was too late to get it started. That's okay, I will cook it for tomorrow and we'll have a nice dinner again. Tonight we had salmon and rice with Brussels Sprouts, and it was very good. The girls had applesauce instead of the sprouts, but that's okay, they'll probably end up enjoying them later on. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15, 2014

Nothing new to report, other than to say we're all doing well and Jason's wounds continue to progress nicely. I suspect that tomorrow will be very similar to today, and that means there will be another very short entry in this daily blog (that isn't truly daily). Thank you, all for continued to support and pray for Jason, and the rest of the men and women in uniform. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Had a relatively early appointment for Jason this morning, though I still had a chance to go to the gym for half an hour. Going to the gym on a regular basis is doing me some good, I think, and it helps to allow me to eat whatever I want, like ice cream...

Jason and I left for the hospital and Wound Care at about 09:45 and Linda and Gracie stayed behind. As it turned out, it was another busy day at the Wound Care Clinic and we actually had to wait about 20 minutes before we even got into a room. The ambulance team just waited patiently until that happened, then they had to wait in the waiting area. Once in the room we got to speak with the two main doctors who have been working with Jason and they let us know a little more detail on what is going on with the healing. A big portion of it is doing quite well, and we're hoping that it continues to do so. The section that is being set with a wound vac is also doing well, though healing much slower than we'd like. The down side is that there is a new area that has opened and they, the doctors, don't like it. It causes complications to the overall healing process, and it was suggested that instead of 4 to 6 weeks, it would be more like 6 to 8 weeks of healing time and that was a bit disappointing. Of course there is always a little more good news and that was that Jason doesn't need to stay on his left side as much as he has been. He can roll on to his back for up to 30 minutes at a time, and that should help with his comfort issues. The visit lasted for about 90 minutes and we headed on back to the house, after making another appointment for Monday.

The rest of the day was relaxed, and it was particularly good to see that they landscape people had come over to the house to take care of some of the plants that were getting a little out of control. I had spoken with them, the property management folks, and asked that this be done. Now I have to get them to finish the task, so that the girls can go outside next week... they love to play in the backyard, as does Gracie. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

Not much to report today, as we had a nice relaxed and laid back day. We did have a visit from Anthony Netto, and he stayed for over an hour. It was good to have him here visiting with Jason, just to give Jason something different was wonderful. Like yesterday, when Tim Kirk came by and stayed for about half an hour, it provided a break for Jason. Anyway, it was nice as we also had a lunch with Anthony.

From mine and Linda's perspective it was actually quite a productive day. We managed to get a few things done and even go to Costco to do some shopping. Our friends, back up in Livermore are still taking care of a few things for us, for all the things we left undone they are picking up the slack for us. It is always great to have such good friends, and now we are building friendships down in San Diego.

Tomorrow is another appointment day for Jason, and I am anxious to see how things have come along. As always, I will be letting all of you know what we find out. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

Today started a little better today, than the past couple of days, in that we got down stairs early enough to get the girls up and moving a little earlier. Linda and I split up the duties and it worked wonderfully. Stacy came out first and I got her breakfast, and just about the time she was finishing Jackie came out. I had already made Stacy's lunch, so I set Jackie up for her breakfast and then Stacy finished. A couple of minutes later we were ready to head off to the school and Jackie wanted to go with us. I took a look at the clock and decided that there was plenty of time so the three of us went.

It was nice not having to rush to get to the school, and Stacy had plenty of time to get to their morning assembly. Jackie and I walked back to the house and then she finished getting ready and I took her to school. When I came back to the house I decided to head over to the gym and put in some time on the treadmill. I'm not really tracking my weight, so I don't know how much I've lost (if anything), but my pants are beginning to feel a bit looser.

The rest of the morning was spent with Jason and Linda... and a friend, Tim, who happened to drop by. He is the Realtor we're working with, to get Jason's house going, and like many other things, it is moving slowly. The good news is that things are still moving forward, and perhaps in a matter of a few weeks we'll know if Jason's first choice is agreed upon, or if he should start thinking about some other place. Also, if it takes a few weeks then perhaps he will be ready to get out of bed again, and on to his chair, and I think that will be a good thing for him. I did the dressing change for Jason a little later in the day than usual (this evening actually) and they all are looking pretty good. I am hopeful it continues through tomorrow and he is able to keep it all together until his next appointment on Friday.

The brings me to the rest of the day... Today was our "Date Day" together. We took off to go see a movie, "Non Stop" with Liam Neeson. We first went to the theater that I thought we were supposed to, but apparently I missed something on the web search, and we found out that the movie wasn't showing there. The good thing was that the theater where it was showing was only a short distance away (actually only about two blocks).  As a result of the theater goof, we ended up with an extra hour so we went for a walk and ended up at an ice cream parlor. I had a large sundae and Linda had a banana split (didn't finish it though). Then we were off to the movie.We both loved the movie and agree that if you enjoy Liam Neeson, suspense, and twists and turns in a story, you'll want to see this. Finally we headed off to get some dinner and had a great meal at one of the restaurants over looking the bay. It was probably the best time we've had together in a long time, and we hope we can do it again... soon. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014

Today started with the same chaos as Monday, and we still managed to get the girls to their Pre-Schools on time. I think the girls look forward to the fun and play each morning, while Grandma and Grandpa scramble to make sure they're dressed and fed before they go. I guess it is going well, because there is always plenty of laughter and smiles and we do manage to get there with a few minutes to spare.

After the early morning "rush" we were able to settle back and relax just a little. Jason's appointment wasn't until 11:30, and the ambulance wouldn't be arriving until 11:00, or at least that was when it was scheduled. It actually arrived about 10 minutes earlier than we had planned, but that was okay, it didn't mess with the schedule. They two men from the ambulance transport company were professional, as all the others have been, and simply said they didn't know about the 11:00 scheduled time and that they only responded to the dispatch they were sent. I guess the dispatch went out sooner than it needed too.

At the appointment we (the wound care folks and me) got a good chance to see how the healing was coming along and it looked pretty good. I get to see it on a daily basis, but at the office Jason is in a different position and they have a bright light shining on the area. We were there for less than an hour and then headed on back home. Before leaving a next appointment was set up and we will be headed back in on Friday.

Otherwise there wasn't much else done today. Joselyn came in to help so Linda and I were able to head off to the store, where we both bought a new pair of tennis shoes, though neither of us play tennis... ;-) It was one of those things where we both needed shoes and kept putting off going until today. We just decided that it was the right time. The rest of the day was spent with Linda fixing dinner (chicken, potatoes, vegetables and fruit) and it was real good. Jason was actually sleeping pretty soundly by the time dinner was ready so he didn't get to eat when we did. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

Not much new to report on today, as the girls are both doing well, and amazingly full of energy - One of those things that I love best about them. Linda and I got up and we were able to get them fed and off to school with a little time to spare. I even had time to go to the gym, after dropping off Jackie, and when I came back into the house afterwards, both Jason and Linda were taking a nap. Every now and again we have a nice relaxed day, and it feels like life is getting just a little bit better.

I did the dressing change on Jason, this evening/late afternoon, and things were looking good. I am really happy with the wound vac, as this is the longest it has had to stay in place and it is running wonderfully. We will be heading in to the Wound Care tomorrow, and from what they told us last week, it is going to be a busy day (for them). Actually, going in tomorrow was decided because they felt Monday was even busier than Tuesday. Anyway, we are all doing well and feel tomorrow should be a good day as well. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 9, 2014

Quite the easy day today, as we didn't have much to do. Linda was dealing with a headache and not feeling 100%, and really would have rather stayed in bed. However, Linda got the girls to church despite her discomfort and I stayed back to be with Jason. After they returned I grilled some burgers and that went over well. Otherwise it has been a nice laid back day.

I did receive an email from my youngest son, Sean, and he is struggling to figure out how to survive his student loans. Originally Linda and I had said we would be able to pay for most of his schooling, just as we did with David, but the economy had other plans. He is searching out other avenues for taking care of his student loans, one day he will figure out just what he needs to do. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

March 8, 2014

A nice easy day for all of us, with the wound vac working like it is supposed to and no problems with any of the other wounds. We really didn't do much at all today, other than me getting a chance to take Gracie for a walk and also take the girls over to one of the local parks. The girls had a great time playing, and even made a new friend, while they were there. We only stayed for about an hour, and then headed back, and I received no protest for leaving early.

The rest of the day was spent taking care of things around the house and not doing much anything more than that. I did make a quick run to the grocery store, and fixed an easy dinner of meatloaf (Turkey), so all-in-all we had a very nice relaxed day. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014 Third year anniversary

This is the 923rd post for this blog. I have not posted every day, though I have posted on most days. I hope most of the posts have been informative, and have helped to keep people aware of what is going on with the recovery and healing of Jason. Today is the 3rd anniversary of the incident, and both Linda and I remember it very well. It changed our lives and things have not been, nor ever will be, the same again, for any of us. Jason suffered catastrophic injuries, and by all rights, he should have died. Thanks to the intervention of the medical teams along the way, and God's hand keeping Jason's life viable, we still have him here and probably the more amazing aspect is his attitude and outlook. Despite the loss of the lower half of his body; despite the continued pain that reminds him every day; despite the ongoing poking, sticking, pulling and cutting he has to endure, he has a very positive personality and it shines through.

We have met some amazing people along the way, and each and everyone of them has helped to get us through the challenges we face. Our friends and family have come and given us support and prayed for us along the way, and we will be eternally grateful for that. We are now relocating down to Southern California, so that we can stay with Jason, and continue to help him rebuild his life and to help him raise his daughters. His daughters are a blessing in themselves, as they accept Daddy just the way he is, and really don't know him any other way. Even with the ongoing and continued treatments they think that Daddy is wonderful and run to him when they want a story told, or just want to hold his hand.

We continue to move forward and are hopeful that this recent surgery has given Jason a greater chance with living a more complete life. We went in to the hospital today for a dressing change and to visit with the doctor. It was a very good visit as it gave us a chance to get updated with the recovery, and also to experience just how satisfied the doctor is with the progress. One of the things that the doctor described was just how the initial surgery went. It was a moving of tissue to his bottom, in order to help him with being more comfortable with sitting. With the healing everything looks like it is going well, though there is a small complication. The healing is good, though the complication is not. The positive side of that is that in this case the complication is relatively small and shouldn't cause more needed time for recovery. There is just a greater need for him to get in to Wound Care for more frequent visits, and more attention than I can provide at the house.

We are now beginning his fourth year of recovery, and all we can see are some bright lights on the horizon. I will continue to provide updates with this blog (and even on Face Book for some), so that all of you can be kept aware of what is going on in his and our lives. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

Today started out with me getting up and going for a short run. The real good news about that is that my achilles tendon has not been giving me any trouble or pain, and I can get out and move a little again. The down side is that my running is really short runs, and I have a long way to go to go out for a 10K again. Other than that, the morning was fairly uneventful... and that's how I like them.

Linda took care of Jason while I took off to go to the pharmacy at the hospital. I was expecting to pick up a tube of ointment for Jason, and when I arrived they handed me six. Actually I was happy to see that much, as I didn't want to have to keep going back and forth, every time I ran out. Jason stayed in bed today, thus completing two full weeks, since the surgery. The healing is coming along well, and he is still in good spirits, though really wanting this to be done. We do get to head over to Wound Care, at the hospital a couple times a week, as they want to do the wound care there, and I am very happy with that. The wound vac has been functioning well and we haven't seen any signs of leaks, so I am hopeful that this next visit (tomorrow) they will again be able to put on the dressing and set the seal so that we don't have to concern ourselves with it.

Otherwise, tomorrow will be another relaxed day, and the girls will be coming to stay with us for the next five days. Linda will be doing more with them, so that they can get out and play outside. Both Stacy and Jackie really love their Grandma, and Grandma really loves her granddaughters. A nice balance if I ever saw one.

Linda and I got a chance to get out and go to a movie, and then we grabbed a bite to eat before we had to get back home. Joselyn stayed with Jason and we were totally comfortable with that. She has a very good understanding of Jason and he is comfortable with her. The interesting part was that Jason fell asleep and slept for just about the entire time we were gone, and will possibly do that through the night. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Jason had an appointment with Wound Care today, so we had a relatively busy household this morning. First we had to get the girls to their respective schools, and that went very well, and without incident. Getting Jason to his appointment wasn't quite so smooth.

First thing I did, after getting breakfast done, was to call the transportation folks, and found out that they didn't have any idea what I was talking about. Well, perhaps I should clarify that, and say that the person I was speaking with didn't know that an ambulance was supposed to be scheduled to come and pick up Jason, to get him to his appointment. I thanked him for his time and immediately called the hospital and got hold of Ellen, the social worker, who assured me that the trips were set and that I should be able to just call and ask for them to happen. She called the ambulance company and then called me back, to let me know that all was as it should be, and that the person I was speaking to was simply unaware and hadn't been told about the situation. Anyway, the ambulance was able to get to the house with plenty of time and we made it to the hospital. That appointment took a bit longer than we had originally planned, but then again we hadn't planned on needing another wound vac again.

When the surgery was first completed the doctor spoke to me about this one area, that is about 10 cm in length. As it has turned out, he was correct and that it is providing us with the greatest challenge, while the rest of the wound continues to heal nicely. This one section has split open again, and there needs to be a wound vac on it, to help it get back to the healing state. The challenge along with this was how to place the wound vac, on, in such a way that a closed seal existed. Well, the first attempt was made and it looked like it was going to hold, so we came back to the house. Within just a few minutes of the ambulance transport leaving the seal failed and the vacuum was lost. No vacuum and the device is effectively no good. I had to call the ambulance back and within an hour we were headed back to the hospital. The second attempt to place it with a good seal seems to have worked much better this time. It has been several hours now and there is still a very good seal.

Tonight has been relaxed, and even Linda was able to attend an Ash Wednesday service at the Presbyterian Church. Jason and I are here just relaxing and and doing whatever we feel like doing. Jason is working on a couple of new games, and I'm learning about Disney and how they are taking over the cruise ship business. Okay, maybe not taking it over, just becoming another big player in that realm. Tomorrow Linda and I are planning on getting out, with just the two of us, at least for a few hours. There will be someone here with Jason, and we don't plan on being out too late, we just need some "alone" time. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 04, 20214

I woke up first today, and again found Jackie in bed with Linda and I. It was so cute that I couldn't disturb either of them, so I edged my way out of bed (its one of those TempurPedic types, and you don't feel too much when your partner moves - sorry didn't mean to sound like a commercial). I was up and dressed in a matter of a few minutes and went down to get Stacy going. Stacy has a more strict time for arriving at school, so I worked with her to get things going. Actually she was great and she was up and dressed in just a few minutes as well. While I got her breakfast and made her lunch, Linda came down and asked how she could help. I let her know that I was just about done with Stacy, but she could help with Jackie. All this time Jason was listening in and occasionally shouting out commands about not forgetting this or get Gracie out to the back, or whatever was on his mind. Jason didn't have an appointment today, so he got to just relax and stay in bed, though my guess is that he would have loved to been able to at least get up in his chair and get out side for some fresh air.

This after noon was relaxed, though I did discover a dead battery on my truck. It is a small Ford Explorer type truck that Jason used to own. Anyway, I went to move it and the battery was totally gone. Not sure why, as the light were off, and the dome light wasn't left on. Anyway, one of the service guys happened to come by while I was looking at the truck and he volunteered that they had a battery charger that might put some power back in. He brought it by and initially the battery was reluctant to get going again, but after a few minutes and multiple tries it finally began accepting a charge. A few hours later the battery was strong enough to turn the engine over and I took it for a short drive.  I guess tomorrow will be the real test, to see if the charge held over night.

We picked up the girls in the afternoon and they were having a great time with Grandma, playing in the bedroom and in the front room. The DVD player, that Jason had brought from North Carolina has stopped working, so I removed it and finally swapped it out with the "new" player he bought over a year ago. I got it plugged in and it now plays just as well as we could expect, and on top of that, it also plays Blue Ray disks. Tomorrow I will be making some modifications to hide the wires, and then it will be a matter of finding the right places to put the speakers (I believe there are nine).

Tomorrow is another appointment for Jason, so we'll be getting the girls ready and then the ambulance will show up. The ambulance will be loaded and Jason will be heading over to the hospital, while I take Jackie to her pre-school. I'll then head over to his appointment, to hear what they have to say, and to provide them with some information from my observations. It should be a fun day, again. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Today started out well, though a little different. It was already after 07:30 and I hadn't fixed breakfast yet. I knew I had to get something going because Jason was scheduled to go into the hospital for his appointment. Well, we were all up and all had eaten breakfast when the ambulance arrived. We didn't expect them until 09:15 at the earliest, and they arrived at about 09:10, so we were all pleasantly surprised, though caught a little off balance. Linda was getting supplies together, as well as the two blankets we had brought home this past Saturday. I hadn't put my shoes on yet (I enjoy going around in my bare feet) so I had to get that done quickly, while also finishing getting everything packed up for Jason. I rode with him to the hospital and that was the end of the "fast" part of the day.

Once in the hospital we walked over to Plastics and Wound Care (they share an office area) and they took Jason to a room. I was just sitting there with him, waiting on the doctors and the Wound Care folks to come in. On the good side, they were all aware of how Jason's injuries are and that it was going to be difficult to get the vacs off of him. The down side was that there really wasn't a great deal they could do because he was out patient status, and in-patients have better access to stronger pain meds. Anyway, they did provide what they could and got started. The ambulance team was waiting in the waiting area, and were told he would be back out  in about an hour... that didn't happen. At about the one hour mark they had just finished removing the vacs. They all the docs were coming in and examining Jason. This took another block of time. The good out come of this was that they all agreed the wound vacs were no longer needed and that he had made some significant progress. There are still a few areas that need to be cared for and we will be going back in on Wednesday for the next visit, and I do believe it is going to be another positive visit. Once we get past the Wednesday appointment I will be doing all the wound dressing changes again, and that means fewer visits to the hospital.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed, and we welcomed the girls back to the house. Linda put together a very nice dinner, even if it did have asparagus (Linda and I really enjoy asparagus, no one else seems too). I am not sure how the rest of the week is going to go, but I am hopeful that it will continue to be positive. Thank you for all the positive support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 2, 2014

A very pleasant day for everyone. It rained like a good mid-western thunderstorm, for awhile this morning. When it let up a little I went over to the gym, to get some cardio work in; I didn't get as much as I wanted as I don't like being away from Jason for too long right now. In another couple of weeks it will be considerably better, and then I can go for a better work out.

We didn't have to go in to the hospital, as the wound vacs all seem to be functioning like they're supposed to, and tomorrow Jason gets back on schedule and will be heading to the hospital for a SCHEDULED appointment. He is in pretty good spirits, though he would probably like to have a few more visitors. Cynthia Queen, from the Presbyterian Church that we've been to a couple of times, came over for a nice visit. She also brought over some flowers and a copy of the UT (local newspaper) that had the article about the Gary Sinise Foundation concert at Balboa, and it had a picture of Jason. Otherwise, Jason has to put up with Mom and Dad all day, and I think we need to get him some buddies to come over (I'm working on that tomorrow).

We've been trying to be creative with our meals, though we have to keep in mind what Jason can and can not eat, considering the position he is in, and has to remain in, for the next few weeks. Sandwiches, burgers, and burritos, with maybe some fried chicken in there. Everything else becomes difficult to eat as he has to do it from an angle and on his side. We had burritos tonight, and they were good - I'm just getting tired of burritos. I'll have to come up with some different items tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1, 2014

A very interesting day indeed.

I woke up at 04:00 and went down to check on Jason, since I wasn't comfortable that I really can't hear him very well, up in our room. It is also a concern because of the wound vacs, and I am not pleased at how they have been performing. Actually, Jason calls me, via the cell phone, if he really needs to get in touch, so I am never more than about 30 seconds away. Anyway, I went down and sure enough a couple of problems were starting to show. I reset the vacs and it seemed like they were working again, so I went back up to try to get back to sleep, at least for a little while.

I was back down at about 07:00, and again the vacs were not working correctly, only this time they would not recover/reset correctly. I spent several minutes working on it and finally called in to the hospital. I spoke with one of their corpsmen, who knows the vacs and we trouble shoot as well as we could. I told him what steps I had already done and he finally said he would be contacting the doctors. About 45 minutes later one of them did call me, and we went over the steps again and he said he would give me a call back, after he checked on what is available. In the mean time I went and made some oatmeal, and the three of us had that for breakfast. Because we needed to take care of a few things, and some groceries were needed, Linda went off to the store and while she was gone it was decided to get Jason to the hospital, so that the wound vacs could be looked at, and possibly replaced. Timing was definitely on our side, as Linda came back to the house about 10 minutes ahead of the ambulance. It was now getting later in the morning so she put together a couple of sandwiches for us and we headed off for Balboa.

We were at the hospital (not the ER this time, as the doctors didn't want us to get tangled up in the red tape, so we went straight to 5W in the main hospital). It wasn't very long before people were coming in to help, and the doctors came in to check out the vacs and their placement on Jason. They decided that replacement was the right thing to do, so we spent the next seven hours working with different people and doctors and finally got everything the way they wanted. It was a busy day in the hospital, and that impacted how the doctors would be able to work with us, though we never felt like we were being ignored. The same guys that took Jason to the hospital, were the ones who picked him back up to get him home. Once the work on the vacs was complete, I called the ambulance and soon we were on our way. Linda had spent those same seven hours working on the house, and taking care of things to make it better for all of us. It is great having her here.

Jason is now back in his bed, and Gracie was sure glad to see him. We decided to have her stay at home, and that made it easier to have the team work on him at the hospital. We are still set to come back in on Monday, for a follow up, and the good news is that it will be more of a regular appointment. This should help to make it a shorter visit this time. Also, it will be the third time to have the vac placed on Jason, so that should go a little faster as well. Thank you, for all the continued prayers, and support. Take care and stay positive.