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October 27, 2015

Jason has spent almost two full days, without the wound-vac, and I think he has been quite happy about it. The reason I removed the vac is because we are out of a specific piece, that is important for the wound-vac to work properly, without damaging any of the good tissue. We'll have that material again tomorrow, and he'll probably have to wear the vac again. He has an appointment tomorrow, and they'll take a look. Personally I think it is looking pretty good, though it has a ways to go to be able to be considered healed.

The girls came home from school yesterday, and Jackie was so very tired. Stacy wasn't anywhere near as tired, though she wasn't full of energy either. We were just glad to have them back home, and Linda had them go to bed a little earlier than usual, and I didn't get them up this morning, until I had to. Tonight, they are doing much better and I think they feel better. The challenge is that we won't see them again, after they go to school …

October 24, 2015

An excellent day for getting some things done, and clearing out a portion of the garage. We were up very early and right after breakfast Linda and I were working on the garage. We want to be able to have at least the one side open for Jason to be able to park his truck inside the garage. There is just so much stuff that it is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Thanks, to the efforts put forth today, we made some excellent progress, and I'd say that maybe in another week or so we'll have that goal accomplished.

Jason also had some friends over, Joselynn and her son Bobby, and they helped Jason work on a few things he wanted to get done. Actually, the big thing he wanted done was to get his guns cleaned and right now I think Bobby is the only one he feels comfortable doing this. It was good to see them any way. We were all done by about 17:30, and felt very tired. Tomorrow I don't plan on working too much on the garage, but I'm sure I'll get some time in. Linda does…

October 23, 2015

Did a dressing change on Jason today, and the wound is looking better. I felt compelled to say that right up front, because the rest of the story looked a little rough. It was a busy day for us, and we were moving about as fast as we could, to deal with all the different issues and things coming at us. I had made a couple of appointments for Linda and I to go see the optometrist and found out that my eyes are still in pretty good shape, though I do need to wear reading glasses. I passed 60, more than a couple of years ago, so I'm happy that my eyes are as good as they are. My distance vision is still pretty good, so I am still listed as 20/20. Linda, on the other hand still has her need for glasses, and so he wrote up a prescription for her, and she is getting some cool looking glasses - sun glasses, actually, as she can use them for driving, and she almost always wears sunglasses when she drives.

We're trying to put together a small get away for the two of us, for our 40th an…

October 21, 2015

The day started out without much difference, as Linda got the girls off to school, while I stayed at the house with Jason, and worked. I work from home and that makes it a little easier to balance our work-life situations. Linda came back from the school and shortly thereafter she was getting ready to go out with Jason, to his medical appointments.

The medical appointments were good, and they did find out that Jason is healing, but there was also a concern expressed, by his doctor that more needed to be accomplished with getting adequate seating for Jason. We are working with the team at Cal Poly, and we feel they are doing their best to provide a solid solution for Jason, but we also don't want that to be an excuse or distraction for the VA and keep them from doing what they can to provide a good seat for Jason. Bottom line is that he, Dr. Sheu called the VA and he is continuing a dialog with them, so that they don't "sit back." Linda and I need to step up our vigil…

October 20, 2015

Another interesting day, and one that ended with a very nice visit from some friends of ours. It started out, very much like many other days and progressed upward from there. The girls were at school on time, and Linda was taking care of the house. George was at work and Jason was playing one of his favorite video games and bouncing around on Face Book. This is how many of our days begin, and I guess we can expect to see many more of them.

An early arrival at the house was the two guys who were to finish working on the entry gate to Jason's property. The gates are looking very good and both the fence and the gates compliment each other. The two installers were here for the better part of today, and when they left the gate was working. It wasn't doing everything they had basically promised, but it was close, and like I said, the gate is now functional. The big issue missing is the connection to our phone system. It is supposed to be that when someone comes up, that doesn't …

October 19, 2015

Today was one of those days where you kind of sit back and say to yourself, "What happened with the day today?" It was a very busy day for all of us, and before we realized it, it was over, and I wasn't really sure what was accomplished. How can a day be so busy and it felt like not much happened?

The day started with us getting up at a little after 06:00 and then getting the girls moving. I can usually get out of the bedroom faster than Linda, so I went down and woke the two sleeping beauties, and within a few minutes, probably no more than three, Linda was making sure they were still getting out of bed, and starting to get ready for school. While she did that I got Jason something to eat. Right after that I went to work.

Work was spent on the same tasks and challenges we've had for the past several weeks, and that is to get a program moving and off the ground, for the client - in this case, the VA. The great thing about doing this with the team, is that we support …

October 18, 2015

I nice relaxed day. So relaxed, in fact that we didn't get up until quite late. I am typically up by 07:15, even on the weekend, and today that stretched out to 09:15. I guess we just needed to get some sleep and it felt pretty good. Of course it threw our schedule completely off, and we didn't get to church, as we were already late. Linda did make it to her Blue Star Mothers meeting, but all-in-all, I think it was okay. Obviously we needed to rest, and we finally did.

The girls and I walked the entire property today, just looking at plants and different things. I picked up a few things that the fence people left behind, and that was a little disappointing, though at least now I know it has been picked up. The girls were very excited to walk it with me, and to get a better idea of just how big Daddy's yard is, and to have a better understanding of how it is all laid out. The property on our left is occupied and looking nice, and the lot on our right is still totally open.

October 17, 2015

A nice relaxed day here at the Ross household. I got up a little earlier than the rest of the house, though it was still after 07:30. Yes, I actually slept in a little. I probably would have slept/rested a little longer, but I wanted to get out for a bike ride. Something I haven't done in a few months or so. I needed to find all my stuff, though I basically knew where it was, and do a little minor adjustments on the bike and make sure the tires were full. I did walk the house and woke up the girls. Jason was already awake, and Linda had gotten up a little while after I did. Then I was out the door and on my ride.

The ride was short - about 5 miles, and all of it hills. Fallbrook has lots of hills and some of them are actually pretty steep. I met one of the folks along the way, who doesn't live too far from us. He has been living here for about 50 years, and is also a bike rider. He told me of a few trails and said that the hills could be tough, but that was part of the benefit…

October 16, 2015

Okay, we have two weeks until Halloween. I guess we're going to need to see what we can do about putting some decorations up, though I honestly don't expect to see any kids come to the house. Jason has a gate on the entrance now, so coming up would be a bit of a challenge, to say the least. I don't think he is attempting to isolate the property, just establishing some security for the family, and especially his girls. Also, on the plus side is the gate and fence that will soon be in place, really does look nice.

We didn't do much today, other than the normal stuff around the house, and I went to work, at my bedroom desk. Linda got her plantation shutters installed today, and they look very nice. Actually the installer did it while I was "at work," and he didn't bother the conference call that I was on, at all. He was in and out in a matter of just a few minutes. I got to see him do a little of the work, and it was obvious he had done this before.

Another …

October 14, 2015

Today was like so many other days, with Linda getting the girls up and ready for school (I helped a little), while I was working. I actually got up at about 04:30 and was on the phone with my team lead before 05:00. He is on the East Coast, so it wasn't particularly early for him, it just happened to be the best time for us to get together to discuss the project we are working on. I'm enjoying being involved with working again, but I am also starting to recognize that I don't bounce back like I did when I was in my 20's and 30's (I wonder what happened??? :-))

Anyway, Linda got the girls off to school and they will be gone for a couple of days now, and then we'll have them for another 5-day period. It seems very strange not having them around now, we've gotten so used to them being here. Even Jason's dogs seem to be looking for them, when they walk around the house.

Jason had his regular appointment with Wound Care, at Balboa Hospital, and the news was …

October 13, 2015

Because I haven't posted in a couple of days, I figured I better get something out there. It will be short, as I have to get up early, but at least it is a minimum update.

Linda and I were at the Carrington Golf Classic, in Newport Coast at the Pelican Resort. We went for a couple of days - well, almost two full days, and had a nice relaxed time. We were asked to come, so that I could speak to the folks there, and give them a brief glimpse of Jason's story, and it was well received. While there I did relax a little and Linda got a full Spa day.

While there Jason was being attended to by Joselynn, who stayed at the house with him, for the two days. He relaxed and really didn't do too much, other than what he would normally do, right now, and that is play video games and watch some TV. We're hoping that the continued resting and staying down is going to be the key to his healing, and so far it seems to be working. Not much more to report on right now, so thank you, for a…

October 10, 2015

A quick catch up for yesterday, is that the installers, building the rest of the fence around the property, and installing the gate have made some progress. The entry gate is going to look really cool, and as friendly as a gate can be, I guess. The rest of the fence is pretty much the same as the other fence that Jason had installed, just not as tall, only six feet, around the property. One other thing about the gate is the sign that Jason wanted set on one of the pillars. Jason received the sign from our friend, and fellow Marine, Tim Kirk. I need to take a picture of it, so I can show you how it looks.

He did have a couple of visitors last night, from the group that helps with the training of the service dogs. They brought dinner by and stayed to visit with Jason for a while. It was a nice change of pace for him, and the best part was that the husband was a former EOD tech, and is still a Marine, so he and Jason had more to talk about. I think it was as good for Byron (the husband) …

October 9, 2015

Got up this morning and was already to be on a call within a few minutes, okay, several minutes - it was about 06:20, and then I remembered there was a call scheduled for 06:00 - I was already late for the call and I hadn't yet booted my system. By the time I was able to join the call it was in full swing and I managed to "sneak" in quietly. We, the team, completed the call and the client was happy. I was able to engage in part of the conversation, and actually be a part of the call. Once the call was over, the client got off the and the team remained on, and we stayed on for almost another 90 minutes. I was very happy that Linda was there to help get Jason his breakfast before having to take off for her appointments and errands.

Jason was up a couple of times today, and even has a good conversation with a couple of the contractors, still working around the property. He is having an entry gate put in, along with fencing the rest of the property. The progress is very good…

October 7, 2015

Yesterday was a busy day for us, as I had to work a few extra hours to get some things done that we needed for a presentation today. I think I got to bed at about 23:30 (11:30), and then back up at 06:15 this morning. Linda has been taking care of the house and the girls and also working crazy hours, and we both need a break. I'm looking at next year, after the first of the year, before things are going to slow down a little.

We also had a nice visit from a couple we've gotten to know, over the past couple of years. Dan and Kelly came by, and stayed for a nice little visit. They actually came while we were out, with the girls getting them jackets, and spent some time with Jason. I thought that was very good, as it gave Jason something else to do, rather than just play video games, and it allowed him a chance to visit with some friends that we only get to see a few times a year. Well, actually, we'll be seeing them more often now, as they told us they were moving to Fallbro…

October 5, 2015

The daily grind is continuing and surprisingly, it is beginning to feel like it is the normal flow of things, and we get to the end of the day and we don't feel totally wiped out. The "we" I'm speaking of is Linda and I, and we are developing a nice team approach to everything we are doing, then again, it is almost necessary, for us to survive. The girls are doing well, and seem very happy to be here with us, and they are getting to spend more and more time with their daddy, and Jason is really enjoying it. I think  moving to this new home has been better than we ever imagined, and it is going to be where Jason finds his new purpose in life, besides being the girl's daddy.

Linda got the girls off to school and I was involved with work for most of the day. I did get out of the "office" a few times and took care of Jason's needs - usually more water. He goes through more water than just about anyone else around. He must drink at least a gallon a day, …

October 4, 2015

Today turned out to be a pretty good day. I woke up and found that it was still wet outside from an earlier rain. Linda was still sleeping, and I didn't want to bother her, so I got up and walked out of our bedroom, and saw a bit of a mess. First a little back ground on what happened. Jason had purchased a "Dogie-Door" for the dogs, and I only just recently installed it (about a week ago). Both dogs are very comfortable with it now and go in and out of his bedroom and the backyard very frequently. Well, as you might expect with a fresh rain, there is also some fresh mud, and Kojak found it. Gracie is the type that won't go out in to the rain, unless she absolutely has to, and then come right back when she is done. Kojak, on the other hand, seems to enjoy it very much and when he came back in he left trails all over the place, of where he had been, in the house. So, as a result, one of the first things I did was to start cleaning up the floor. It really didn't tak…

October 3, 2015

A very nice day that started with a breakfast of French Toast, and as per usual, we ate nearly the entire loaf of Texas Toast. The surprising part was that Stacy ate more than Jackie, and usually it is the other way around, and on top of that Linda didn't eat anything. She was busy getting things ready for the Picture People, as we were heading that direction right after breakfast - and so we did.

Once we were at the photo place, we didn't have to wait too long, and we were soon in with a photographer who has a great deal more patience than I do, when it comes to that sort of thing. Jackie is still a very active 5-year old, who thought of the session as a great game and she wanted to play. Of course the photographer is used to working with all kinds of kids and so Jackie was actually pretty easy for her, and Stacy was even better. Stacy does pretty much exactly what you ask her to do, and then she'll hold the position as long as you need her to.

Once the session was over L…

October 2, 2015

I know there are a number of folks out there who like to read this, on a regular basis. There really hasn't been much change, other than a new gate going up, in front of the house. It will probably be completed in a few days, depending on how long it takes the concrete to dry. Otherwise, Jason is doing well, and continuing to heal. The girls are spending lots of time with us, and are doing well in school. Linda is taking them to the Picture People, tomorrow (I'm going along to help where I can) to get some good pictures for our enjoyment. I'm kind of tired right now because we stayed up and watched Casper the Friendly Ghost with the girls, and now I'm ready for bed (I was up later because of catching up on emails, after the movie). Look for more of a post tomorrow. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

January 2017

January 2017
Jason gets a visit from Gen. Jon Monett

January 2017

January 2017
With Gary at the GSF Office