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Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016 - Happy New Year!

Actually, I guess I should say, "Happy Old Year" since the new one doesn't begin until tomorrow. Actually, Google pointed out that on the Gregorian calendar, December 31st is also known as the Old Year Day... but I digress, as that isn't what I intended to cover with this post, but it is kind of interesting.

Anyway, we have had a few busy days recently. We have a new grandson, born on December 28, at 4:00 in the morning. He weighed in at 8lbs 5oz., and his name is Noah Alexander Ross and he is the third son of our 2nd son, David and his wife Miriam. That makes five grand kids now, and we're very happy. Both Mom and Dad are doing well, as well as their other two sons, Dylan and Ethan. Linda and I spent a couple of days up in the lovely city of Glendale, so we could be close to them, and to celebrate a "second" Christmas with the boys, Dylan and Ethan. We actually got home yesterday evening and found that Jason was doing well, and all was as it should be.

While we were gone we had help from a couple of friends, Leisa and Joselyn. They both came in and helped Jason with the girls, and with his needs, and from the sounds of it, they all had a good time. As it turned out, it was one of the most relaxing times Linda and I have had in a few years, and that was particularly nice. Don't get me wrong, there have been other moments of relaxation, its just that this time was particularly nice.

During the time we were gone, Jason went down to Balboa for his regular visit and the wounds on his right side are looking better and continue to make improvements. He is getting around a little more, though not too much. We want to limit the amount of "up" time he has, so that the healing can continue and we can work towards that next step... we're all looking forward to this coming year, for multiple reason, and all of the family is in good and positive spirits.

From the Ross Family, to all of you - - - Happy New Year! May God bless you all and all of you have a wonderful year full of experiences. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, December 26, 2016

December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Well, actually, I had planned on making this post yesterday but I was just too warn out, so I'm getting it in today (tonight). We have had a very good and exciting past several days. First with George, our oldest son, coming out for a visit. I think this was a good visit for him, and a very good visit for us. It was good to see the brothers get some time together again, and even tomorrow they're planning on a movie outing, in the morning. The reason for the early showing is that George will be headed home in the evening. Something about the need to get back to work... ;-)

The family has enjoyed the Christmas celebration, and we even had a double Christmas dinner. First it was Linda's parents who came, on Christmas Eve, and we had a more traditional turkey dinner. It was an exciting and fun time for the girls, as well as the adults, as they always like to see their Nana and Tata. They stayed well past dinner and we even asked them if they would rather stay the night, than drive home. They chose to head home and called when they got there. The good part was that they also told us that there was very little traffic, so the drive was easy. Then on Christmas Day we all got up and celebrated the birth of Jesus, and we opened a bunch of presents. The girls were again very excited because they got some really fun things, with the camera being Stacy's favorite and Jackie getting a full set of Petkins (not sure about the spelling), and she felt like she had the best Christmas ever.!

After most of it was cleaned up we began working on dinner and getting things ready. Anthony and Angelica were coming over, and we were going to have tamales and other Mexican style foods for dinner - a little less traditional. Jason was up for most of the day, and it was really good fun time for all of us. Jason was also VERY tired when it was all done and within a minute of getting back in bed, he was asleep, and slept pretty soundly. One of the appetisers, before our dinner, was this item that Jason prepared. It was tritip, mozzarella and spinach, all wrapped in a tortilla and then baked. He made about two dozen and most of them were eaten before the end of the night (the last four were eaten this morning for breakfast).

 Because of the past two days being as busy as they were Linda and I got to bed and were out, also within a minute or two, and we slept pretty soundly for the next 8+ hours. The beauty of letting the girls stay up a little later than usual was that they also slept in this morning and that made it a more gentle beginning to our day. Overall it has been a very enjoyable holiday, and on top of it all one of our other sons is about to have another child, and that is supposed to happen at any time (we're going to be going up to visit with them very soon).  Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive. Merry Christmas to all, and have a prosperous New Year in 2017!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016

It has been nearly three weeks since my last update, so I figured I should put something up, and besides, we had a special visitor today, and that made it all the more important that I post something. We have most of the Christmas preparations completed, with a few shopping runs still to be made. The general attitude of the household is very positive and we're having fun. The girls are with us for the next several days, as Jason made this a "vacation" period so the girls simply stay with us until the 30th.

I took them out to go riding their bikes, over at the school. I really should be getting them out more often because I think it would be great for them to be able to go for a short ride with me. Right now they don't have the riding skills down very well, and need more practice. After the riding was done we came back to the house and had some lunch. Linda wanted to get some additional decorations up, inside the house (the outside looks pretty good and we're all happy with how it looks). Personally I think the inside decorations look good, but Linda wants just a little more. I would have said it was because of the special visitor (see below) except that she was already working on these additions prior to knowing about the visit.

The special visitor was Santa, and the girls had no idea he was coming. They were very excited to see him, and I was able to get a couple of photos, I just wish I had been holding the camera just a little more square. Santa stayed for about 10 - 15 minutes and then he had to get moving; he had other stops to get in, today. It feels like we're really getting settled in to this new home and town. Oh, and one more thing... yes, that is a tall tree, close to 14 feet.



Jason is also staying busy with his mead. I don't know exactly what it is called, but we kind of refer to it as "brewing." There just isn't any real brewing involved. He asked Sean to draw a logo of sorts, for the bottles, and he came up with Wolf Head Mead. I can't show it yet, and you'll just have to trust me when I tell you it looks really cool. As this endeavor develops I'll let you know more. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

It has been too long since my last update, and for the most part, that is a good thing. Good because it means there really hasn't been a great deal to post, and Jason has been doing very well. I just wanted to get something out, so that everyone will know that we're all doing well and enjoying life, and that the girls are all growing and getting bigger every day.

The most significant thing actually happened today, as we went in to Balboa and had an appointment with one of his doctors. The good news is that there hasn't been a great deal of change in anything, and Jason is doing well. The "less than good" news is that they want to do a CT Scan as a safety step with regard to the blood clot that they (the medical folks) all got nervous about, last month. The doctor said it should be done as soon as possible, so Jason jumped on the phone and set up an appointment, and it will be done on the 15th. That is the earliest date available, and actually it sounds like there really aren't too many slots open after that, until January. My initial reaction was that it was a reflection on the number of other patients needing the procedure, and then I found out that there is only one system working right now, and so that one system is working double time to keep up with the load of patients.

The girls are doing well in school, and they are getting excited about the coming holidays. I'm not sure which is more important to them, Halloween or Christmas. They seem to be equally excited about both of them. Linda continues to work hard at keeping up with the decorations, and we even did some work today at getting things put away, and also other things ready to be put out. I need to begin getting the decorations for the house, and I am hopeful that the house will look great in a matter of just a few days.

As I said, not much else going on... we're all staying busy and taking care of lots of chores, and school and keeping the fish looking great (Jason has a 75 gal. tank with several fish). The dogs are healthy and happy, or at least I think so - I don't speak "dog" so I have to guess. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Good news! Jason is back home, again. We got up and found out that Jason was doing well (called him on the phone), and that a few "new" doctors had come in to visit with him this morning. These new docs were from Vascular, and decided that he needed both an M.R.I. as well as an ultra-sound scan of the area. There was a possibility of a procedure or surgery so he was not being allowed to eat anything, and initially it looked like he was not coming home.

We checked in again, shortly after 09:00, and I spoke with his nurse. She informed me that he was down at Radiology, getting the M.R.I. done, and he should be back "soon." (I really don't like that expression. "Soon" is so nebulous). Linda and I decided to head to the hospital in the Mustang, since we weren't expecting Jason to be coming home. By the time we arrived (close to 11:00) Jason was back in his room and really wanting something to eat. They said he could have a couple of sips of water, but that's all. Shortly after noon the doctor came in and explained that it had been a difficult exam, because of all the scar tissue, and that they had determined that the blood clot was actually an older one, and much smaller than they originally thought. They still didn't know what caused the clot to form in the first place, but at least they were much more comfortable about what it was and how big it wasn't. There is still a need for blood thinners, but he (Jason) could be taken off the drip I.V. and simply take a pill for the next couple of weeks. They also said he could EAT! And that he would be able to come home today... just as soon as the paperwork was finished and the check out process could be completed.

This was all very good news... except we had driven the Mustang, and now we had to head back home and get the van, and Linda and I were also getting hungry. Originally we had planned on getting something to eat and just relaxing with Jason. Anyway, we both jumped in the car and drove home and both picked up something to eat as well as driving the van back to Balboa. Prior to leaving to get the van we also saw that Jason was able to have a lunch served to him, and that made it much better. Anyway, bottom line is that we got back to Balboa with the van and picked up Jason and the dogs, as well as everything else. We stopped at Mimi's Cafe for dinner and had a nice relaxed drive back home. When we got home the dogs were about as happy as I've ever seen them. They ran all over the place and burned off a bunch of pent up energy.

Jason is now resting in his room and Linda and I are going to get a good night sleep tonight. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

Jason is still in the hospital, only now both Gracie and Kojak are also there with him. We brought them to the hospital, so they could see Jason, and Jason could see them. The nursing staff thought they were both so cute they wanted us to leave them with Jason. We agreed to, after discussing them taking the time to get them outside every once in awhile, and so they remained after we left. I kind of half expect to get a phone call in the middle of the night asking me to come pick them up, so we'll see how it goes.

As far as the treatment goes, they are still running a blood thinner, heparin (I think) and still discussing what can and should be done. We hope to hear something in the morning, so in the mean time Linda and I are going to attempt to get a good night sleep. We stayed with him until about 21:30 (9:30PM), when he was obviously falling asleep, so we said good night and let him rest. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Today began this past Saturday...

On Saturday we took the girls to the High Caliber Equine Rescue Ranch, it is one of the largest in the country, specializing in horse rescue. It was  a great day and Jason had a pretty good time with the girls; learning about the horses and getting a chance to even feed some of them. The horses were all, or at least most of them, friendly and we all had a good day. After the visit we headed back to the house and it was now getting later in the evening and Jason wanted to fix dinner - something he does every now and again. I could tell he was tired and I suggested that he go lay down, a few times, but he wanted to fix dinner. Dinner was very good, as it was chicken breasts stuffed with cream cheese and spinach. Even Jackie liked the new dinner, and finally Jason got to bed. And yes, there was the regular dressing change and shower.

Sunday, Jason stayed in bed, almost 100% of the time. He complained about sourness, like it was muscles that had been worked hard the day before, and he and I both figured it was because of how much he had done the day before. Neither of us thought much more about it, except that I did notice how subdued he was, and Linda commented on it as well. We had a nice relaxed Sunday, with Linda and I taking the girls to church and me replanting some lemon trees I am attempting to grow - from seed. The day ended very much like Saturday with the girls going to bed and Jason having the dressing on his wound changed and a shower.

Yesterday, Monday, Jason felt a little better, though he didn't want to get up anymore than he needed. He took care of his pets, which included the fish, and he had a nice relaxing day in bed. In the evening he came in to the dinning room and I mentioned that due to his continued discomfort that he should consider going in to Balboa, tomorrow, to see his primary doctor. He said he wanted to do just that and asked if we could head out a little earlier than we usually do. We agreed that Linda and I would take the girls to school and as soon as we got home we'd head in to Balboa, and that ended our Monday. Jason had his shower, and dressing change, and he also told the girls a bed time story that they really all enjoyed. Lots of laughing and playing, the way a good daddy plays with his kids.

Today, I checked on Jason and he wasn't feeling any better, and in fact felt like maybe something else was going on. Linda and I got the girls ready and got them to school, then immediately headed back to the house. Jason and the dogs were in the van and we were on our way. Linda stayed back at the house with the idea that she would take care of a few things and do some cleaning. It did not seem like we were heading to a long day, but it did turn into one.

Jason and I arrived at Balboa, and the traffic to get on base was backed up significantly. I got in the line that we usually get into and we were fortunate enough, because it moved pretty steadily. When we got there one of the "prime" C5 parking spaces was available, so I took it and decided that it was a good omen. We went over to see his primary and she had a few patients ahead of Jason, and asked us to wait until she could see us. Jason had not made an appointment so she was getting us in, as soon as she could. Instead we went over to the PT gym and Jason laid down on one of the tables and Mike, one of the physical therapists started to work on Jason's shoulders. As it turned out, Mike was done long before we got to see Jason's primary doctor. In fact both of us kind of fell asleep for about 15 minutes just sitting there.

Dr. Granney came in and we all went to her office, where we talked and Jason described what was going on. After going over several things she decided that a CT Scan would be good so we went over to radiology, where they do those. This only took about 2 hours and went back over to Dr. Granney's office. Again we talked for a short while, while we waited for information from the scans, and the information wasn't real good. Jason has a blood clot on one of the veins coming from his lungs, and apparently it was critical enough that she walked us over to ER herself and made sure we were seen very quickly. They did a few more tests and more information from CT Scan came in and Jason was admitted to the hospital, for treatment. All total, we were at the hospital for nearly 12 hours and then he was admitted.

They believe they know what is going on and have a plan of action, but won't have a final plan until tomorrow. Linda and I will be taking the girls to school in the morning, and then we'll head over to the hospital. That's when we'll find out if Jason can be treated with just medication or if there is to be another surgery, in order to clear this out. We are praying that the medication will be enough and he won't have to be in the hospital for more than a day or two. As I find out more I will post it here and do my best to keep everyone up-to-date. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 1, 2016

Just a quick update and a thank you, to everyone who expressed concern about Jason and his recent visit and stay at the hospital. He is very happy that he is home and we even had some guests over this evening (It was something we had planned several weeks ago, and Jason was feeling good enough to have them over). The wounds are healing well, and Jason is back to his old positive self, so I probably won't be doing much updating here, unless there is some significant change. Take care and stay positive. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 28-29, 2016

I'm dating it 28-29 because we got home at almost midnight and I was just too tired to post. Actually the dogs were good to us and let us sleep through the night, and now we're feeling much better, ourselves. Jason is continuing to improve and there is to be another discussion with the doctors this morning, though Linda and I won't be there - - - actually I think the discussion has already taken place, or is in the process right now.

Jason has been on an intense regimen of antibiotics and his white cell count is just about back to where they want it. Sorry, I don't have the numbers, just that it is back down. I know he is getting anxious to get back home, so he can get on with his life, and maybe even get out and do a few new things. We got to meet with their Wound Care Nurse (Lt.Cmdr Pickman) and she and I discussed a bunch of different things. She has 25 years with the Navy, and a bunch of that as a Wound Care Specialist. She was able to show me a couple of new steps in treating his skin area, as well as simply the taking care of his wounds. Fortunately we have plenty of supplies here at the house because they don't have much at the Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton. She has only been at the hospital for a few weeks and is a bit frustrated with the lack of supplies and was very pleased with what we brought with us. Funny thing is, Linda went in to pack up some supplies, prior to going and grabbed a couple of things I would have thought were not needed. As it turned out they were and Lt. Cmdr Pickman was very happy to see them. Anyway, bottom line, Jason's wounds are improving, overall, and we are very hopeful with all that is going on. One of the best things that happened yesterday was that Jason was able to get a shower in. We, again fortunately, had a padded shower chair for him to use. The ones in the hospital are all fold down and hard, and Jason can't use them without experiencing pain. In the hospital's defense, they do admit they aren't really set up for patients like Jason, and Jason enjoyed the technology they have in each room - he could control everything from his bed.

Today we'll be heading over there in a little while and getting another update. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

Today started out as a normal crazy busy day, with getting the girls off to school and then Linda and I taking off to take care of some errands. Jason even got up and seemed like he was feeling pretty good, being his regular talkative self. We felt pretty comfortable heading off for a few hours. As it turned out, Jason's "feeling good" period didn't last too long, and he had to lay back down. This happened after we were off taking care of the errands. Just as we were on our way back home, it was close to lunch time so Linda called Jason to see if he wanted us to pick up something for him and all he said was that we needed to get back home as soon as possible, and he wanted to get to the hospital at Camp Pendleton.

We made it back home in a matter of about 15 minutes and in another few minutes Jason and I were back on our way to the hospital ER. They did their regular checks and began some labs when they were able to gather some other information from Balboa, where Jason recently went, for the follow up, of the last ER visit. Turned out that there lab work, from yesterday, indicated that Jason still has the infection and so they decided to treat him with more antibiotics and fluids. Only this time they also decided he needed to stay for a couple of days in the hospital, so now that is where he is. We were in the ER for nearly eight hours before he got to his room, and they have him isolated. I wasn't able to speak with the doctor, before leaving, to find out why the isolation, but I'll get that tomorrow.

I am guessing there will be more updates coming, and possibly a few new posts, so please stay tuned for the latest. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

Happy Fall! Jason has gotten past the infection and is doing great. I wanted to let everyone know so that there wouldn't be any worries about him. He is still taking some antibiotics, and that is going to be going on for a few more days, then life back to normal. We have been busy around the house with some minor chores and looking to make a couple of additions. We had the cabinet guys come over and we all talked about a couple of shelves that would be useful, especially to Jason, and then Joselyn and Bobby came over to help hang a bunch of pictures. With all that done and out of the way, we can now focus on whatever else we need to accomplish. I will not be making many updates to this blog, going forward, unless there is a specific issue that needs to be shared. Thank you, all for all the support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016

A quick update/follow up on Jason and the infection. Yesterday he didn't ever really get to feeling very good, and in fact we had to cancel on a GSF event that we really wanted to attend. That's okay, though, as he felt much better today and by the end of the day was definitely improved. I am hopeful that he will continue to improve and quite possibly, by the end of the week, he will be back to his normal self. We will be headed to see the doctors at Balboa tomorrow, but that won't be until later in the morning. Linda and I will be taking the girls to school first.

BTW - both Stacy and Jackie are doing well and continuing to grow way too fast. We love having them here with us, and just wish it was 100% of the time. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 17, 2016

It has been a while since my last post, and for the most part that is because not much has been going on, and Jason has been doing generally better. That all changed on Thursday when Jason started to feel poorly. He wasn't sure what was going on, as it felt uncomfortable (his words) and almost like he was catching the flu or something. He did have a slight fever with it bouncing around 99 and 100, then in the evening it shot up to 103.6. I took him in to the ER at Camp Pendleton and Linda stayed home with the dogs (I think I had the easier job, the dogs get very anxious whenever Jason and I are both gone). They got him in pretty fast, and fortunately there wasn't much going on at the ER, so that made it a little easier (plus it was almost 11PM). They did some blood and urine tests and quickly got some fluids going. A short time later, after the labs came back they got antibiotics going, and a few hours later we were back on our way home. It was now almost 06:30 in the morning. At this point, I could see that Jason was feeling better, and that allowed me to feel a little better. Fortunately the traffic was counter commute, so the trip home was relatively quick.

The dogs were very excited to see us, as was Linda. She was not able to get much sleep since Kojak was howling most of the time, and when not howling he was scratching on doors and window blinds. Finally got things settled down and everybody to bed for at least a little sleep, and then I went to bed. We had to pick up the girls from school today, and it was a half schedule today (of course). The girls didn't even know anything happened, and just thought Grandma and Grandpa were a little tired.

Got up this morning, after a good nights rest and Jason is still not 100%, though doing better. We are supposed to be going to a GSF event, later today, but that remains to be seen. At best, I think we might go, show our lovely faces and then come back home. We haven't seen Gary in a few months, so it would be good to see  him and catch up a little. If anything else happens I'll be sure to make another post. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016

We recently (yesterday) got back from a short vacation that took us to Ohio and W. Virginia. Linda went out ahead of me, by about five days, so that she could participate in the Blue Star Mothers convention. I came out the following weekend and we then drove to West Virginia and visited with my brother, and his wife. We had not see Bruce and Sharon (my brother and his wife) for nearly seven years, so it was well past due. We stayed with them for a few days and then headed up to Burton, OH to visit with the folks at Sheoga Floors. They are the company that manufactured the hardwood flooring that is in Jason's home. They donated it to the build of the house, and it looks wonderful. It was wonderful seeing family, and then getting to see caring and wonderful people. The people at Sheoga put us up in a B&B for a few days, then we headed off to Cleveland, which was a couple hours away. We caught our flight out of Cleveland, to head back to San Diego, and when we got here a friend picked us up and it was great to be back home.

While we were gone we had Jason's god-mother come stay with him, and we engaged the help of two corpsmen, to take care of his wound dressing changes. Everything went very smooth, and Jason was in great shape. We did have a few conversations with Jason, while we were on the road, so we weren't totally in the blind for the entire trip. It was also very comforting to recognize that both the corpsmen were competent and did an excellent job. Yolanda, Jason's god-mother, was able to stay for the entire time, and that lifted a major concern off our shoulders. We're actually hoping to be able to do the same thing again next year, but that remains to be seen. I'll see if I can get some pictures posted, from the trip, so that you all can see. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayer. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016

All, first, a big THANK YOU, for all the dedicated visitors/readers of this blog. I apologize for the length of time since my last entry, and am making it now. We have been quite busy with many different things, some that have kept us up later in the evening, and even today it is now after 22:30 (10:30 PM). The main point of this blog is to provide status and updates on Jason, and his progress, well, he is still doing well, though there hasn't been a great deal of progress with the healing. In fact he has developed a pressure soar that isn't going away. We'll be working with the folks at the VA to see what can be done, as well as the doctors at Balboa.

The reason for working with both teams is simply because we feel that the prosthetic he now has is no longer providing the kind of support he needs, and they need to make adjustments. The doctors and medical staff at Balboa seem to have a better handle on the treatment side. Together we need them to merge talents and help get Jason to the next level. If we can just get these wounds to close and stay closed, then Jason can finally get to doing some of the other things he would like to do, like get back in the water.

Right now, George, Jason's oldest brother is with us, and has been with us for a few days. It has been good to have him here, and for Jason to be able to spend a little time with him. George doesn't get a chance to come down that often, as travel can be a challenge for him sometimes (George has cerebral palsy and other challenges), and it is truly a team effort for him to get from point A to point B. Thank you, to Rick for getting him to the air port and picking him up when George returns. We took George whale watching yesterday, and had a great time. Didn't see any whales but still had a great time.

Not much more to update about, right now, other than that Jason is "Fostering" a puppy, and is considering the dog as a replacement for Gracie. Gracie is now middle-aged and will need to have a replacement in the not to distant future. We will see how this new dog works out, and go from there. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016

I was actually planning on writing something upbeat and happy with this blog, and then the incident in France happened. I don't feel like doing anything like that now and only feel saddened and send my heartfelt condolence to the families of those impacted by this horrible happening. Just know that Jason is doing well and that we are working with the VA almost as much as we are working with the Naval Hospital at Balboa. In both arenas things are going positive.

Along with that we have been enjoying a good stretch of weather, and it looks to continue into this weekend. I will be getting out and doing my best to get some exercise; and trying to catch up to Linda, as she continues to loose weight and is getting back into better shape. Thanks, for all the continued support and prayers - - and please pray for the people in France. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016

Wow! I haven't posted in several days now, and I apologize for making those dedicated readers wait. We have been enjoying life and the summer, which is now very much upon us, and doing what we can to continue to march forward. Our 4th of July was relatively quiet, though we did go over to one of Jason's friends home and spend some time with them. It was nice to just get away from the house for a little while, and also, even better, was the chance for Jason to get to talk with some of his buddies from the Marines, in a non-military setting. Linda and I did our best to stay in the background, allowing Jason to have his private conversations. I finally did have to step in though, as Jason forgot his meds, back at the house, and I didn't want him to go too long without them. We left, late afternoon and made the 75 minute drive back to the house.

Otherwise, Jason is continuing to heal, and making general progress with the closing of the wounds. A new one has opened up and we are going to have to get an adjustment to the wearable, I think. I am reaching out to the VA contact person, and seeing what can be done. The new wound, or soar, is a result of pressure being on a new area of his skin. On the positive side, it hasn't grown any, over these past five days.

Linda and I are doing well, and the girls are continuing to grow. They are both with their mother, and on a little vacation. We will be without them for about two weeks, and it really feels kind of strange around here, without them. Jason has been able to speak with them on a somewhat regular basis, so that makes it a little easier on us. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016

Today, Jason and I took his truck in to the Ability Center, so that it could get its regular servicing. He drove the truck and I drove the van (Linda was out on her own errands in the Mustang). The folks at the Ability Center did an excellent job of fixing all the little things that Jason told them about, and the one thing I told them about. The truck not only works like new, it also looks better - of course it only looks better to Jason and me, but then we know what to look for.

While the truck was being worked on we headed over to Balboa, where Jason had a visit with Wound Care and Rod did his usual great work and things are looking better again. A little over a week ago, Rod suggested we make a small change in the treatment of the one wound that is so slow to heal, and it looks like there is some benefit showing. I am hopeful that we can get to the point of closing up soon and then it is on to the next step, and a surgical procedure - but that won't happen until late September or October.

Also, while at Balboa, we got the chance to speak with Dr. Sheu, Jason's primary doctor, and said our "good-bye's", as he is heading out to a new duty station. Dr. Sheu has been a great support and advocate for Jason, in many of the areas and ways that Linda and I just don't have the background for. A big example of that is the wearable, or prosthesis, that Jason is using now. We will definitely miss seeing him and having our talks, then again, his new duty station is Camp Pendleton, and if Jason ultimately changes to that hospital (possibly in the next couple of years) we'll already have someone there who is VERY familiar with Jason's case.

We ended up taking most of the day for this trip, and as such, we drove the two vehicles back to Fallbrook during the commute period (I used to say rush hour, but it last longer than an hour). When we finally got home, Linda was working on the garden and she was doing a great job of making it look clean, as well as taking great care of the plants (we have lots of tomatoes). Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers - and for just taking the time to continue to read this blog. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016

It has been nine days since I last posted an update, and so I felt it was time to put something out here, so that you all can see what is going on. We went on a "vacation" with the girls, that is Linda and I took the girls up to Livermore. When asked where they would like to go Stacy said Livermore and Jackie was quick to agree with her, so that's where we initially went. We did go a little farther north and ended up at the JellyBelly factory, and that was as far north as we went.

We spent a few days  in Livermore, staying at a friends home, Hugh and Julie K., and that became our home base. We did several things in Livermore, and the girls had a great time while there, and we also happened to be there at the same time our house in Livermore closed, and we are now without a house in Livermore. It was both good to sell the house yet very sad to say good-bye to our home of 28 years. Perhaps I'll write more about it later. As it was, we signed the papers on Tuesday and left Livermore on Friday.

Our trip back down was with a stop in Monterey, where we stayed with our long time friend Larry and his wife Arlinda. Larry's son John was also there, and we visited with him for a little while, but he was studying for the bar exam, so he was pretty busy most of the time. We spent one night there and the next morning we went to the Aquarium and the girls were totally amazed. The Aquarium is an amazing place, and I wish we had more time to spend there, but we needed to get going. Our next stop was simply a sleep over in Ventura, and then on to David and Miriam's place, for Ethan's birthday celebration.

We stayed for several hours and had a great time at the party (they always have great parties, with the best food and lots to drink - though no alcohol - and that's a good thing). We'd been away from Fallbrook, and Jason for about eight days now, and we needed to get home. The drive the rest of the way down wasn't too bad, though there was some typical LA traffic, and we managed to get here in the late afternoon, and our vacation was over. There were some pictures taken, and I still need to load them on to the computer, so instead I'll post a few other pictures I was supposed to post earlier. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Stacy took this picture - It's me with my replacement Mustang

The girls wanted their picture with the car, too.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 4, 2016

Some catching up - -

Jason is doing well, and having a good time with his new interest - - - the fish aquarium. He now has several fish in it (I think 17), and he says he isn't going to put anymore in, at least not for a while. And just in case I haven't mentioned it in the past, the tank is 75gal. Like everything else he gets into, he has been doing a bunch of reading on it and now knows more about fish and their care than most people, and will probably gain even more knowledge as he moves along with this. He has also told me that we should expect to soon see some smaller fish swimming around, as the Mollies will be having babies. I really don't know what that really mean, as far as expectations go, but I'm anxious to see how many (he said three of them females are pregnant and they have "live" births).

I have included a picture of my (our) new mustang, so you all can see what we bought. It was just one of those amazing deals you hear about, only this time it happened with us. Linda and I really enjoy getting out and doing some of our running around in it, and look forward to maybe a day trip or two, when we get some free time. The down side is that Jason can't ride in it, at least not in its current configuration. I'm going to be talking with some engineering students to see what they can come up with, so that he can at least go for a ride.

The girls will be going with Linda and I, up to Livermore this week, and doing some touristy kind of things. One of the big ones is going to the Jelly Belly Factory, and later down to Monterey (that's down from Livermore) and visit the Aquarium. We'll also be stopping in and seeing a very good friend of ours, Larry, and his wife Arlinda. Larry was the best-man at our wedding, and actually the reason Linda and I met... a story for another day. While in Livermore we'll be staying with our good friends,  Huge and Julie K. as they have opened up their home to us, and will be allow us to come and go while there.

The end of the "vacation" will be a stop at our son David's place, where we'll partake in the 4th birthday celebration of our grandson Ethan. Hard to believe that he is already going to be four years old. We always have a lot of fun whenever we go visit them, and having it be a birthday party makes it that much better, with an added bonus of having Stacy and Jackie with us, so all the grand kids will be in the same place. They all get along well, and it is good giving them a chance to get to know each other better.

While we're gone we will have friends stopping in and checking on Jason. We have solicited the help of a Navy Corpsmen to help with his nightly dressing changes, and Joselyn will also be coming in to assist. There will be some time where Jason is on his own, and I think that is going to be a little extra fun for Jason, or at least I hope it is. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016

These past couple of days have been a little rough on me, and I am glad to say that I am feeling much better. I apparently got hit with something, and it left me with little to no energy and my sinuses were very congested (still are some). Linda had to put up with me, especially at night, when I was making all kinds of noise sleeping, like coughing and snoring. The overall congestion was pretty bad, and woke me up several times as well. She did manage to get some sleep, but it was disturbed and really not very restful. Of course you wouldn't know, watching her; she just kept on going, like the Energizer Bunny.

Jason is continuing to heal up and is becoming more active around the house. He recently purchased a fish aquarium and now has seven fish in it. It is a 75gal. tank and has room for a few more, and he intends to get more, just taking his time so that the environment settles and it is good for the fish. He has been reading up on this activity and now knows more than most on how to set up a tank and why the different things are needed. It is definitely something that he is interested in, and it is going to be fun to see how this develops. Another side benefit of the tank is that the girls are pretty excited about it and interested in all the new things that Daddy is doing.

The girls all both VERY excited about the end of the school year, and keep talking about it constantly. Next Friday is the last day for the year, and then the following week we'll be taking off for a short "vacation" with them. We are looking forward to introducing them to more of California, and perhaps set an ongoing plan to show them a little more of the United States each year. Not totally sure what we'll do next year, but it will be something both fun and educational. Thank you, for all the continued prayers and support. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016

Lots of updates, and I truly apologize, but I don't have any new pictures to post. I will do my best to get a couple for tomorrow - and make another post.

First of all, Jason is doing very well. His one remaining wound is continuing to heal and close, and we are all very anxious for it to finish up. Everything else has completely closed and if it wasn't for the fact that I know where they were, I would be hard pressed to point them out, specifically. Jason is also experimenting with different hobbies. He has been interested in guns, and has collected a few, over these past couple of years. Fortunately, one of the first things he did was to purchase a large gun safe, and it IS very large (weighs in at over 1/2 a ton, and also bolted down to the floor). He likes to get out and target practice, and he is getting pretty good, even with his pistols. Considering the damage that was done to his hands and nerves, this is a big deal. He is also very particular on how his guns are stored, and keeps them clean). He also has gotten into making mead, or honey-wine. He has been able to make a couple of batches, and they have an interesting flavor. One of them in particular, is very smooth, and their alcohol content is apparently right there where it is supposed to be. Finally, the newest interest is tropical fish and a fresh water aquarium. Right now he only has six small fish in the tank (75 gal.), and the water is amazingly clear. It is kind of fun watching the fish, and Linda and I (and the girls, too) are wondering what the next fish are going to be. Actually, I'm just glad to see him get out and do other things, as it shows he is feeling better all the time.

There have been a couple of changes on our side (mine and Linda's), too. The Fusion engine quit on me, a couple of weeks ago, while I was on the freeway. I was headed to a VA appointment, for me, and I knew the car was getting close to breaking down. I had hoped that it would get me to the appointment, and it almost did, though I did have to walk the last couple of blocks. The car died on the exit ramp, and I just coasted to the end of the ramp, and then pulled completely to the side (I was able to get totally out of the way of traffic). Because there is a need for us to have a vehicle we had been looking at other cars, and this kind of just forced the issue. Anyway, we went to the dealer (Linda met me there) and were able to drive off with a new Mustang GT. It was a bit more care than we expected to get, but the price was too good to pass up (actually got it for under invoice), and it was sort of a dream car for both of us anyway.

The girls will be ending their school year in Fallbrook, in a little over a week, and they are both kind of excited to have another summer to look forward to. They are both getting bigger and growing so fast, and it is very challenging, especially for Linda, to make sure they have clothes to wear, that fit. It seems like Linda is going shopping for them about every other week. Of course the girls don't mind, they like getting new clothes. Jackie used to be able to just get Stacy's old clothes, but that doesn't work so well anymore, as Jackie and Stacy are becoming two distinct sizes and shapes.

Finally, we hoping to actually take a vacation this year. We're renting a motor home and heading up to northern California and making a few stops along the way. Jason will not be coming with us, as he is more interested in getting the wounds to finally heal, and he wants to put the time in on his new hobbies. We're actually only going to be gone for about a week, and the girls are going to be very excited when we get to The Jelly Belly Factory, as well as the Monterrey Aquarium. Funny thing though, the one place they have been talking about most is Livermore. They have some very good memories about our house and the times in Livermore, and so they want to be sure to get a chance to see the old homestead again. We will be selling soon, so this is probably going to be their last chance to see the house. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

Happy Friday the 13th!

Actually, this has been a good week, over all. It started out a little on the shaky side, as our Fusion of the past seven years, died. We had about 64,540 miles on it, so the mileage was actually pretty low. The problem was that a cylinder and piston decided that they just didn't want to work anymore. I was driving to an appointment (more on that later) at the VA, and I got as far as the exit off the freeway. The engine literally stopped working just before the exit, and I coasted to the top and then pulled over to the side. I was out of traffic and then waited. I did still make the appointment (hospital was in walking distance at that point), and immediately after I called for a tow and walked back to the car. I was gone for less than an hour, so I was fortunate that the CHP didn't ticket the car. A couple of hours later the tow truck showed up - driver had been given bad information from his dispatch. I had him tow me to a Ford dealer.

Funny part is that Linda and I have been talking about the need for another vehicle for a couple of months now, so this kind of just forced the issue. I had been to that dealer, just the day before and so I was able to connect with the sales guy, and we talked, and we came to an agreement on what vehicle we could get, so we did. We bought a 2015 Mustang! Not particularly practical, but we need something that we (just the two of us) can get away in. If there is a need for us to take the girls somewhere we can always use the van, and the van is also fantastic for shopping and other errands. Anyway, we got a very good deal, price ended up being less than what a new Fusion would have cost, and they still gave us $3,000 for our car.

Jason is doing very well, and his one last wound is still closing up. . . slowly. We all would like to see it heal up a little faster, but at least any movement is better than no movement. The Wearable is doing its job very well, and Jason has no problems putting it on. Jason has been getting up more and having more meals with us, at the dinner table, and that is priceless. Linda and I are going to be getting away next week, for a couple of days, and we have coverage for when we're gone. This is a break we very much need, so we are thankful for both Semper Fi and the Navy, for helping us make this happen.

One quick story about the new Mustang - First, you need to know that it is a convertible. . . Today we picked up the girls, at the bus stop and walked them back to the house. We told them about the new car, and Stacy said she had seen it when they passed the house, in the bus. I asked them if they would like to go for a ride and they said sure, but didn't seem too excited about going for a car ride. That is, until the top went down, then they were both EXCITED to go for a ride, and started talking about 90 miles an hour. Stacy must have said, "This is the first time I've been in a convertible!" about a dozen times. Jackie was just as excited and loved going on the curves and hills, and we have a bunch of them around here. She was disappointed when we came back to the house. It probably wasn't more than a five mile ride, but it was the "best" car ride ever, for them.

This weekend should be another great weekend, Saturday we are all going to a Luncheon hosted by the North County Blue Star Mothers,  and on Sunday Linda's parents, Joe and Jess are coming over, and bringing our niece Anna with them. This will be her first time visiting here, though she also visited the Point Loma house, about a year ago. When we stop and think about it, we really have had a number of visits from family, and some of them have had to travel some distance to get here. What is nice with this house, now, is that we can offer them a place to stay.Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

We (Linda and I) had a great couple of days with our son David and his wife Miriam, and their two boys Dylan and Ethan. It was Grandparent's Day at their school and we were invited to go. This was our third time for us going, and we had just as much fun this time as we did last time... but I'm getting a little ahead of myself.

We drove up to Los Angeles, Thursday morning. Our nephew Wayne, who works for Enterprise, was able to get us a nice discount on a car rental (again - Thank you, Wayne) and that way we didn't have to put extra miles on Jason's van, and the rental car got great gas mileage. Anyway, we decided that since we were heading up a little early it would be okay to do a little exploring and we started out on Interstate 15, rather than on 5. Everything was going great until the GPS decided to loose it's mind. It took us on an extra 40 mile loop, that ended up going backward for a little bit. It all worked out and it was an "exploration" after all, so we got to see a small part of California we had not seen before.

We ended up getting there a little later than planned and checked into our hotel but that was okay because Grandparents Day was on Friday, and we knew where the school was. Linda and I got up early this morning and headed over to David and Miriam's place. Miriam had to leave early, as she was also involved in a Grandparents Day at the school she is working at, so as you might imagine, they had a bit of a busy house for a couple of days.We got the boys in the van (we had a mini-van) and headed to their school. It was good seeing the school again, and recognizing some of the staff, and then the program began with a breakfast in the "Community Center."

While in the Center, there was a nice program where the different age groups got up and sang for all of us, while we were served a wonderful breakfast. Bonnie, the boys other Grandmother, was also there and we all sat together. Then there was a special guest singer - Neil Diamond has a grandchild attending the school and he came out and performed Sweet Caroline for us. Afterward we finished breakfast, and there were a few more people who spoke, and then the visits to the class rooms started. We actually ran into Mr. Diamond again a little later, and he is pretty much just a regular guy, who has some notoriety - - - and can sing. He also happens to be Linda's most favorite singer.

We went to the boys classrooms, where we were shown around, and they got to show us what they have been doing and what they have created. Because Bonnie was there we decided that we'd split up so that the boys each had a Grandparent in their classroom. It seemed to work out very well, and we had a great time with each of them, in their respective rooms. When we were done with that we all went to lunch together (me, Linda, Bonnie and the boys), and enjoyed some time just talking and having a very nice lunch together. Once that was done we headed back home, to Jason.

All this time Jason has been back at the house with the girls, and Joselyn. They were all still there when we returned, and though it is always a wonderful time being with the family in Los Angeles, it is still nice to get back home. Kind of like the feeling of getting home from a vacation. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

A good day today, as a milestone of sorts was achieved - - - by Jason. He went to the gym over at the Wounded Warrior Battalion on Camp Pendleton, and got a chance to work out. He worked with a few other guys and with a physical therapist, and most importantly, he had a good time. There was an opportunity for one of the therapists to work on his shoulders and he felt a great deal better after having them worked on. Because of the positive nature of the visit he is wanting to go more often and on a regular basis. I will be going with him for most of the visits, and assisting him with a couple things, but for the most part it is all Jason.

I think the opportunity to work with other Marines, again, was a good feeling for him, as well. I guess the funniest part was when he got there, there was a new "receptionist" who challenged him and asked if he was an alum of the battalion. Jason said he was and then a few of the guys came out and one of them knew Jason from the past and it was all positive after that.

The other stuff for today was that the girls went to school and Linda and I had some things to be taken care of. The house is continuing to look better all the time, just as Jason is continuing to improve every day. Also, right after the girls were dropped off at school the three of us (Jason, Linda and me) went to breakfast and then to look at RVs. We're thinking about how we can get one so that we can use it for our future travel, as a family. It seems like it is the best solution for any kind of long distance travel we might have to do. With a modified RV we can all travel together and be comfortable. It is something for the future, though we're looking around now to get some ideas. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

Yesterday, Linda and I took off, in the morning, to go up to her folks place, just a little north of here (and south of Los Angeles). They needed some help with a couple of items, at their home, and it also gave us an opportunity to just spend some time with them; something we don't get to do as often as we'd like. And, as a result of us taking off, Jason was on his own. We were able to stay for a very nice dinner and then we got to watch the new Gary Sinise show, Criminal Minds - Beyond Borders, with them. They had recorded it specifically so we could watch it together.

Actually, Jason was only on his own for about an hour, but it still felt kind of good to know that he was getting healed up enough that there really wasn't much that could happen in that time frame, that would put him in jeopardy of any kind. Joselyn, whom I've mentioned in this blog several times, was able to come to the house and spend the day with Jason, and as it turned out, her son Bobby was able to come up with her. Bobby and Jason have become pretty good buddies and share many of the same likes and dislikes, and Bobby is awesome when it comes to cleaning guns. Jason had both of them helping him do a few things he has been wanting to do, and was reluctant to ask us to do extra work for him. The Wounded Warrior Family Support organization is providing the funds that allow Joselyn to come to the house and this way she is compensated, yet it provides a very flexible schedule, and that is something we very much need.

We returned from our visit with Linda's parents a little after 21:00 (traffic really wasn't too bad for the most part, and the drive home only took about 80 minutes) and apparently Joselyn and Bobby had left just a short while ahead of us. We came in to the house and did our best to not make too much noise, and it was a good thing - - - Jason was asleep. We took care of a few things and then we were also in bed, about an hour or so later. We talked with Jason this morning and he was full of all kinds of energy, telling us about all the different things he was able to get accomplished and it made us feel pretty good. We are always concerned about taking off, and knowing that he not only had a good time, he was also safe.

This weekend we have the girls with us, and we plan on making this a fun weekend for all of us. Not sure of everything we'll do, but I do know that they want to go to Linda Vista Park, which is close by and is now one of their favorite places. Linda is already gearing up for Summer, and looking for activities for them, and my guess is that she'll be keeping them pretty busy. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

It has been a week, and there really isn't a great deal of an update to post. Jason's wounds are improving on a steady basis, and I am hopeful that they will be closed soon. I know this has been said before, but with the new prosthetic it looks like it might actually happen this time. Once that is done, then we can move on to the next step, whatever that happens to be.

I been busting my tail working on the property. We have about 2 1/2 acres of land, and much of that is simply covered in weeds and small woody type plants. They don't look particularly good, and they are a fire hazard, going into the summer. I want to eliminate as much as I can, before it gets too hot. I have managed to knock down about half the open land, and will continue on the other land, beginning tomorrow - I hope. It rained pretty good tonight, so the land may not be to friendly to walk on with the mower I'm using. The land can be steep in some areas, so I have to be careful. Worst case, the rain will put me back a day or two.

Linda has been working pretty hard too, keeping up with the house and making sure Jason's area (mainly his bedroom) stays clean. With his two dogs it can be quite the challenge. Just as she finishes cleaning the two dogs run outside and get all dirty again and bring a bunch of it back in with them. They both are loving and great dogs, however, they are completely and totally - - - dogs.

The girls are growing so fast that we can almost see it from day to day. They are doing well in school, Jackie is receiving resources; classroom support, Speech, and Occupational Therapy, and she has made some significant strides this past year. Stacy is keeping up with her lessons, she enjoys her teacher and  reading is her favorite subject. We have been faced with challenges, in that when the girls have been with us this year, they have missed one (1) day. That day happened to be the house dedication, and it was important for them to be there, and it was an excused absence. When they have not been with us, they have missed MANY days (a total of more than 3-weeks), with most of them being unexcused. However, I think the school year will end on a positive note, so I'm hopeful for next year. Thank you, for all your continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016

We made it back from our five day "vacation" to Livermore, and we had a wonderful time. We were able to take care of the personal business (getting our taxes filed and getting our house ready to sell - it is on the market); we saw many of our friends, though not all of them (only so many hours in a day); and we were able to take advantage of the great weather and went on a nice group hike lead by our very knowledgeable friend, Carol E. at Sycamore Grove (saw a Great Horned Owl in one of the trees). We were even able to attend church on Sunday, the day we had to head back home, and saw many of our old church family, though not all of them.

What has made this break so much better is that Jason and the girls did all right, while we were gone, and our friends  (Joselyn B. and Joyce O.) did an excellent job. Jason's wounds even improved, a little, while we were gone, and I think they are going to continue to improve to the point of finally healing up. Speaking of healing up, Jason and I had a great conversation with one of the doctors over at Balboa Hospital, today, and he thinks that by late Fall, Jason could possibly be in the water again, and that is something Jason has wanted for these past five plus years. I will be adding more information on this as we continue in that positive direction, but for right now that's all I'm going to say.

When we saw the girls this morning they were very excited to have Grandma and Grandpa back home. They were both already asleep by the time we walked in the door last night. Linda and I checked in on Jason and the girls and told Joyce O. thank you, for all the help she provided, and within an hour later we were in bed ourselves. It truly was great getting to be back up in Livermore, but it was also, so very nice to be back in our own bed. We even got to stop and see David and his family on the way home and had dinner with them. Shortly after getting his boys to bed, we had to be on our way, and then we got home about two hours later. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 16, 2016

Well, it has been a few days since my last post, and I figured it was time to get an update out, so that everyone can "know" what is going on.

First, Jason is doing well, and from what we have been told, he is doing quiet well right now, and his wounds are continuing to heal. The reason I word it that way, is because we (Linda and I) are up in Livermore right now. We asked Joselynn B. and Joyce O. to come in and help out, while we were gone, and from what we have heard they have both done an outstanding job of assisting Jason, and the girls. Linda and I came up to Livermore to take care of some personal business, such as getting our taxes done and selling our house. Yes, our Livermore house is now on the market and we just have to hope that the market will continue to be active. We have a good Realtor, John C. and he has assured us that it really shouldn't take too long to get the house to sell.

While here we also met with some friends that we haven't seen in quite a while, and we all went on a nature hike through Sycamore Grove - one of the local parks. Carol E. led the hike and pointed out a number of things for us, and even got us close enough to do some bird watching. We saw a Great Horned Owl, as well as several other birds. The wild turkeys were all out and the males were strutting their stuff, and showing off their tail feathers - it looked very cool. After the hike, Carol and her husband Rick took us to lunch. Huge and Julie also took us to lunch yesterday, and they were a part of the same group. We didn't get to see all the friends we wanted to see, but we only had so much time, and we're going to have to leave tomorrow.

Last night we were over and Mike and Karen's for dinner and saw other friends, like Judy and Joe there and tonight we had dinner with Frank and Kris. We probably should have allocated a few more days to this trip, but we need to get back down, so after church tomorrow we're heading back down to Southern California and we plan to stop at our son David's home, to see his family. It will be a good resting point for us anyway, and then we'll head back to our home with Jason. It has been a good trip for us, to give us a chance to say good-bye to Livermore and our house, and it feels more like we have some closure on this, this time.

Next time we come up we hope to get some time to visit with our son Sean, and more time to spend with our other son George. We did get to visit with George and helped him get a new phone, and he seemed to have a good time with us, as we did some running around and finally we took him to go see the new Superman vs. Batman movie. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11, 2016

Jason is doing very well, right now, and there is no reason to expect anything to change. He is getting very close to having all his wounds finally closed, and that would be such a blessing for all of us. He is staying up a little longer in his chair and even joining us for dinner more often. He loves playing with the girls and having fun all over the house, and you can tell the girls love it too, when Daddy is having fun with them.

In a couple of days Linda and I will be heading up to Livermore for a couple reasons, but mostly to get a chance to visit with our sons George and Sean. Sometimes it is difficult to coordinate a workable schedule, since both of them have jobs and both of them are in retail. That means neither of them are working the typical 9 to 5, Monday through Friday routine. You have to work to get the days off synced up with days we're available, and again, Linda has done an outstanding job of getting all the scheduling together.

While we're up in Livermore we have people coming here to help Jason and the girls, and we have some fantastic friends who are willing to step in and handle the needs around the house. The girls and Jason will be fed; the house is going to be taken care of; and, the girls will still get to school on time. Fortunately we're only going to be gone for a few days, so it shouldn't be too disruptive for any of us. We'll be back home on Sunday, evening, so we might be able to get the girls to bed, or at least be able to get enough sleep that we are able to get them to school on Monday. We'll continue to roll with the flow, and let God help guide us along. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016

A couple days ago Jason's Uncle Charles "Charlie", was injured in a motorcycle accident. I spoke with my brother today, via the phone and found out that he is in pain, but otherwise doing well. He broke his collar bone and ended up with a few scrapes and cuts (another bunch of stitches for his collection) and in positive spirits. The doctors have not decided if there is going to be a surgery and won't know for a couple days, so we know he will be in the hospital for a few days, anyway. I was just glad to hear him in a positive mood, and I'll be checking in on him regularly. He lives about 800 miles north of here, so it makes it a little difficult to go see him.

The rest of the past few days have been kind of busy, for various reasons. Linda is still up with her parents, for a few more days, and Jason and I have been running around taking care of other family matters. Today we finished a bunch of them, which meant we had to put about a hundred miles on his truck, but that's okay, we're done. In our travels I did see an over-turned car, on the main road going in to Fallbrook, and was thankful that it wasn't something we were involved with. It is raining today and will be again tomorrow and maybe even a couple more. It isn't a great deal of rain, but enough to make things wet, and bothersome.

I'll be glad to have Linda back home so we can have a couple of days of "normal." Then after that we will be heading back up to Livermore to take care of some business. Linda has been moving at about 100 miles an hour these last several days, and I know it is starting to wear on her. I need to get her away to relax, with both of us being together. I have something in mind, so don't be surprised if I should note that we're taking a few days off. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

Linda went out to Tennessee to take advantage of a retreat for Mother's of Wounded Warriors, through the Wounded Warrior Family Support.org (a great organization run by retired Marine Col. John Folsom), and it was a very nice R&R opportunity for her. She met some great people and made new friends and came back pretty refreshed. The travel to and from, via Delta Air Lines, was poor, and in fact Linda almost didn't make it home due to a cancelled flight (no explanation from Delta). She did, however fly into San Diego at about 23:00 (11pm) and because of delays in getting luggage and construction on Highway 76 we managed to get home a little after midnight. We had to be up at 06:00, to make sure everything was ready to get the girls to school, and then a bunch of other errands and chores needed to be done. To put it mildly, we're both kind of tired and will be heading to bed SOON.

I was pleased with the recent dressing change for Jason, as the wounds are showing some very positive signs of progress, and then tomorrow morning we're headed over to Balboa for Wound Care. Of course that will be after we take the girls to school, but still it is great to have morning care with them, as that gives me time to take care of other things. Speaking of other things. Linda has been home for one full day and tomorrow she is headed up to spend a couple of days with her folks.

Jess, Linda's mom, recently had valve replacement surgery on her heart, and as you can imagine, is still recovering. Linda's sister Lisa has been staying with them and has to go back to her home (Utah) so Linda is now going to be going up to spend some time with them, to help out. Linda just keeps going and going, and that is part of the reason I was happy she got to get away to Tenn. for a few days.

We have put our house up for sale, in Livermore, a friend of ours, John Carter, is listing the house and helping us. We also had help from another friend, here in San Diego, Tim Kirk, who provided us some guidance and answered many questions we've asked, getting up to the point of selling. Fortunately, both Tim and John are experienced realtors and Linda and I felt very good about the decision. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2, 2016

Well, today was a full day of Linda not being here and we managed to get through the day without making any big mess of the place. Well, actually, Joyce Orrell came over for a couple of hours to give me a chance to take care of a couple of tasks, and even get some rest. As it was I just ran down to the store to pick up a few things that Jason had wanted and then came back. It was nice, getting a chance to just sit down and talk with Joyce for a little while, and then she had to take off for a friend's wedding.

Actually, a little later, about 1/2 hour after Joyce left, I did lay down on the couch so that the girls could play and I could get a little rest. I guess I started to drift off to sleep because the next thing I know is Stacy is crawling up on me and she wants to take a nap with Grandpa. Jackie goes into Jason's room and they watch a cartoon/movie about dinosaurs and Stacy and I fall asleep on the couch. Stacy is sound asleep when I wake, about an hour later and my arm has fallen asleep. I manage to get her up and then I get up and shake off my arm-sleep.  I tell Stacy I need to get up anyway, so I can fix dinner, so she joins Jackie with Jason.

I fix chicken and rice with vegetables for dinner, and pretty close to our regular time, dinner is ready. The vegetables are a little different from what I normally prepare and Jackie will have nothing to do with the squash. Oh, well - she'll learn to enjoy the different foods as she grows. She does eat the rest of her dinner and she and Stacy both enjoy their desserts and I get to clean the kitchen. The evening went very well and Jason pretty much stayed down most of the day.

Linda did call and it sounds like she is having a good time, and maybe even getting a little rest and relaxation in. They have gone to an amusement area as well as a "stampede" for dinner. They also had a chance for a massage and make over, that I know she has been wanting. Tonight she is having some wine with her new friends and just enjoying the time. It will be good to get her back home, though, as I always enjoy her being here.

Jason's wounds are continuing to improve so that is all good, and perhaps, over the next couple of weeks they will be nearly closed, if not completely closed. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

Today was an exciting day, in that we (Jason and I) went over to the VA to have an adjustment to the wearable, made. Because the device didn't fit just right it was causing an additional pressure point to an area on Jason's backside, right at the base of the spine (for those with technical understanding, the Coccyx area). Apparently it was causing a great deal of discomfort for Jason as it hit right at a nerve bundle and that is very uncomfortable.

Over the past few days everybody has gone from a bunch of sickies to everybody is on the mend and doing much better. Nobody seems to be running a fever and the coughing has gone down considerably, though it is still around. My hope is that by the end of next week everybody is going to be feeling great and we can get back to our regularly happening fun days. The real blessing is that Linda has been the strong one and avoided getting sick, altogether - I think that was a good decision on her part... ;-). She has been the proverbial "white tornado" and working on about 15 different things all at the same time. Now its going to be her turn to rest.

This coming Friday, she is flying out to Tennessee to a women's retreat, and will all of us doing better now, I think she'll be able to relax a little. Of course I will be having a great time with the girls and by the time Linda returns the girls will be back in school and back to a regular routine. I'm thinking that this weekend Jason and I will be taking the girls to a park, and possibly some other out door type things around here. We found a new park close by, and the girls already like going there. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016

Happy Easter! Or I guess I should say, I hope you had a happy Easter. It has been a nice relaxing day for us. We got up a little on the early side, just after 08:00 and everyone was feeling better. Still, they were obviously not feeling their best, but at least better than when we went to bed last night. Jason had a fever of over 100 and Stacy was coughing and dealing with a fever as well. All that plus my on going cough made us decide that we were better off not going to church this time and doing our best to not spread the virus around any more than it already is moving.

As the morning went on, Jason's temp continued to improve and by noon he was back down to normal - or at least normal for him (97.7). Stacy almost stopped coughing and both girls were back to their regular playing in the great room.  We had also invited a couple over (Curtis and Joyce) to help celebrate Easter, and I think it was a very nice visit for all of us. Jason spent most of the day in bed, only getting up a couple of times, and we had a nice lunch of grilled burgers and brots. The girls had a nice egg hunt and it was the first time we had to enjoy the new patio cover.

We did miss going to church and seeing our friends, and Stacy would have liked to have performed in the Easter pageant, so perhaps next year, assuming we all manage to be healthy, the next time around. Thank you, all for the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

March 26, 2016

It is late on the eve of Easter and the house is pretty quiet. Everyone is in bed now and I will be there soon, also. Jason is not feeling well, and the girls are both sick, and I'm still dealing with a nagging cough, so our Easter is starting to look a little less "Happy" than we had hoped it would be. The worst part being Jason not feeling well.

Linda and I get a little nervous anytime Jason gets a cold and this time he is running a fever that is a little over 100. I'm doing my best to keep him hydrated, and watching what he eats as well as making sure he can get some rest (i.e. the dogs don't become a problem). Stacy was up at Lego Land today, and in my humble opinion, she should not have gone. She was with her mother, and well, we didn't have a great deal of input on whether she went or not. All we know is that when she arrived at the house (2 1/2 hours later than she was supposed to), she was (and still is upon last check) running a fever of her own (101). Jackie is feeling better, though she also has a runny nose and cough.

We were planning on going to church in the morning, and Stacy was supposed to sing in an Easter program that has been planned for several weeks. We're all kind of bummed about it, but it is how things sometimes work out, and there will be other opportunities for her and Jackie to be on stage. I hope that Stacy is up for an egg hunt, later tomorrow, otherwise she is going to be very disappointed.

Linda and I went over to the Brooks Hill country club, where we were invited to have a nice brunch and then watch the Easter Egg hunt (the girls were invited, but they weren't with us most of today). Jason was invited as well, but he stayed in bed, and I'm glad he made the choice. The people were all very friendly and happy to see us, and we even made a couple of new friends. We will continue to build on the friendships we make and as we work to make this our new home.

As for the other challenges that Jason is dealing with... We're supposed to be meeting with the VA to make an adjustment on his wearable device, so that the new wound can heal up. If I don't hear from them on Monday I'll be sure to give them a call. Right now that is about all that there is to report, and Linda and I will continue to be working around the house (Linda has been doing most of the work, actually) and we'll be able to work our way through all the boxes in the garage.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 20, 2016

Today saw Spring come back in season and for  those of us lucky enough to be in the Southern California area, it was a beautiful day. On top of being the beginning of Spring it was also a Lt. Dan Band Concert over at Camp Pendleton, and Jason was a special focus. Actually we were all treated as V.I.P.'s though the real focus was on Jason and what the different funds and foundations have done. The girls both received scholarships for college, and that money will go far in covering the total costs associated. The really nice part was that they are set for an amount that will adjust as time moves on. I think Stacy understood she was receiving a nice gift, but I don't think she fully understands tuition and the costs associated with going to college. Jackie was just having a great time being around so many people who were providing all of us so  much attention.

Jason is doing well and the wounds are continuing to improve, though there is one that seems to have decided to give a little trouble. I am working closely with Rod, from Wound Care, and we believe it won't take too long to get it totally under control. Having the Wearable has been such a great benefit for Jason, as he allowed him to spend a little more time at the concert, and still be relatively comfortable and no additional stress to the rest of his body.

Tomorrow will begin with the girls going to school, and Linda and I will be taking them. Of course Linda will be getting them up and ready, and I will be doing the driving to and from the school. Not really sure how the rest of the day is going to go, other than Jason has an appointment and I'll be going with him.

Tomorrow is a memorable day for Linda and I, as we kind of celebrate it as an anniversary of sorts. It is the day I proposed, 41 years ago. It is also George's 39th birthday. Funny, the 41-year mark doesn't make me feel any older, but George turning 39 does! Oh, well, I am just glad to know that all the boys are doing well and we get to see all of them, from time to time. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

This week is a bit of a busy week for us, as we all seem to have doctor appointments, and then other appointments for the dogs and I will be heading out with a friend to scope out some amusement areas, to see if they can accommodate Jason. We have been to a couple of  theme parks, and though we were told the rides would be available, when we arrived, we found out otherwise. This time I am going ahead to look, so that Jason doesn't have to make a needless trip.

There was supposed to be another appointment at the end of the week, but it looks like that was a small break in communications, as the doctor called today and spoke with Jason. Even the doctor thought he was meeting with Jason on the 18th, but it turns out he won't be able to meet until April 18th. Actually, the doctor and Jason had a nice chat and there is a good possibility that they will be scheduling a date for surgery in early Fall. I'll keep you posted as we find out more.

The three of us went out to dinner and then a movie, tonight, and saw London is Falling  and it was pretty entertaining. It was an interesting story line and though it was very similar to Gerard Butler's movie about Washington, D.C. it was still worth the ticket (we got in on a discount Tuesday). If you have a desire to see the movie, and can get discounted tickets, then I'd recommend going. There were plenty of explosions and car crashes, as well as plenty of wild shooting.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with the doctor to see what he can tell me about my hands. I have some challenges with both of them, and would like to get them to be a bit more functional, without cramping or pain. It even makes typing a little difficult, but I continue to blog. I think we're going to Costco tomorrow as well, and running several errands.  Linda's mom is recovering from heart surgery, where they replaced a valve on March 7th. She is doing better, and possible going home tomorrow. Linda has been in constant communication with her sister who flew in from Utah last Saturday to help with their mom, and we suspect that she will be doing great in a matter of a couple of weeks (months?). Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016

Happy 5-Alive Day!

Yeah, I know, it was actually five days ago, but the celebration happened today, and it turned out to be a very good and fun time for all - or at least it seemed that way from my perspective. We had planned to see somewhere in the neighborhood of about 100 people there, and it seemed like that was about how many came. The guys doing the bar-be-que had plenty of food there (Thank you, Fire House), and the Fallbrook Brewery  did an excellent job of keeping the drinks flowing. The one big area that was a surprise was how many hot dogs (grilled) went.

We knew there were going to be about 20 kids there, from ages of about 18 months all the way up to around 10 years old. With the number 20 in mind we had 40 hot dogs on hand, and they all went, by the end of the day. Our son, David, helped out by grilling the dogs, so that I could do a little more socializing, and both Linda and I were glad he did.

We had people there from the neighborhood, and people from both the Gary Sinise Foundation as well as the Carrington Charitable Group. Also were many people from Balboa Hospital, different people we have met along the journey to recovery, for Jason, and other people we had just met some where along the way. Linda, Jason and I were kept pretty busy with being social and doing our best to greet everyone, so if anyone was missed I apologize, now. The kids were kept busy with a jumpy house, and it absolutely amazed us that some kids were in it from the very beginning to the very end. I finally had to tell the last few that it was being shut down and they needed to exit. Over all it was a very nice event, and we enjoyed having everyone here.

We are all kind of tired and will probably sleep quite well. With it being the time change day, I'm not sure when we'll wake up, but I'm sure it will be a little later than usual. Jason has already talked about going to church in the morning, so we'll see which service we end up going to. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Friday, March 11, 2016

03/11/2016

Yesterday was a big day for Jason, and tomorrow is another one - though for two different reasons.

We got up at about 04:00 yesterday, to get ready to head out to Balboa Hospital, for an exploratory procedure that the doctors needed to do, in order to determine if a corrective surgery was a possibility. Jason was pretty excited about the procedure, and he was very anxious/nervous about having it done. We needed to be out of the house by 04:45 in order to be at the hospital at the time that was set, 05:45. . . we managed to get out of the house at 05:03, so we were running a little late.

Traffic was heavier than initially anticipated, though it was moving well, and we were able to maintain a good pace, just over 70 mph, for most of the way (right at the speed limit). We arrived at the base a few minutes later than what I had wanted, but still not too bad, and parking wasn't much of an issue, fortunately. It took us another 10 minutes to get up to Check In and Pre-Op and then Jason was checked in and ready to go. As it turns out the planners figure the patients are going to be running a little late so as far as they were concerned Jason was just about right on time.

As usual, when Jason goes in, we had several visitors (medical staff) come by and ask the same questions each time. A couple of the doctors came by a couple of times, and all of them were very friendly. I think it helped that a couple of the nurses remembered Jason from the past and they kept coming in to just chat. Then they finally came at took Jason to the OR.

I took the dogs out and walked around with them for a little while, and that was probably a good thing, especially for Kojak - he had to "go." After about an hour I went back in and stopped in the waiting room and just as I sat down one of the doctors came in and updated me that Jason was doing well and should be out in another hour. I could go up to the 4th floor, where he would finish his recovery, if I wanted to. He also explained what they found. The procedure was exploratory, to determine if some reconstructive surgery was warranted, and as it turned out, it was. In fact what they found was much better than they had anticipated and feel that the surgery should allow Jason to be able to get away from the SP Catheter he has been dealing with for the past fine years. The catheter has been the source of most of the infections he has had to deal with, so this was very positive news for Jason (and the rest of us). We now will be going back in on March 18, to talk with the doctor, to see when it can be done.

We headed back home, and it was just now noon. The rest of the day was going to be some preparation work for the 5-Alive celebration coming on Saturday, and getting some lunch. Since Jason had eaten (I hadn't eaten much either), he was getting hungry. I fixed some burritos and we had a moment to relax and just enjoy the moment. While we were away, Linda had been working on the house and Joselyn had come over to help. There was also a worker from the contractor who built the house, and everybody was busy. Fortunately, when we arrived the contractor was just about finished so he was able to move his truck, and Jason and I were able to park.

Linda has been getting things ready for Saturday, and doing most of the coordinating effort, with me being the heavy lifting guy (I've moved several boxes and pieces of furniture). Planned parking is still an issue and there is one other thing that we need to be concerned about - and that is the weather. It looks like it is going to rain, both today and Saturday, so we're now scrambling to figure out what we will do with 100+ people and no cover or tent. The food and drinks have all been adjusted, but we really don't know if it is all going to work, at this point. Jason is still very positive (and recovered very well from the procedure), so his attitude is simply that what happens is what happens. Don't get me wrong, Jason is still very engaged in the planning and coordinating, also. He just isn't getting worked up about it. .  . he's leaving that to Mom and Dad... ;-)

Tomorrow is going to be a big day, and we're looking forward to it. We have some guests coming from as far away as the East Coast (New York area) and as close as next door. We might end up getting a little wet, but that is okay, we're going to enjoy this celebration of life - besides, we need the rain. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers (especially for this weekend). Take care and stay positive.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

I know there are some of you out there that read this later in the day, and some who read it early in the morning. First, let me thank you, for all the continued support and following Jason in his journey in life. Secondly, I need to let  you know that with Jason making it past the 5-year mark, he has shown that he IS a survivor, and even though there are more surgeries and procedures ahead, he will continue to demonstrate just how strong he is.

My next entry will happen, after this weekend's celebration, unless there is something that I feel needs to be presented earlier. Jason's grandmother, Jess (Linda's mom), is in the hospital right now, having undergone heart surgery (valve replacement). She is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery in a matter of several weeks. We all went up to see her today and Jason, being the devoted grandson that he is, was telling her jokes and making her laugh. He is a true believer in that old adage - "Laughter is the best medicine". We stayed for a couple of hours and then had to come back home to pick up the girls, from school.

We also went to a dinner for Stars For Heros, where Jason spoke, and told them about some of his recovery, and what helped him along the way. The food was good, and we were the front of the line - I guess we picked the right table. The dinner went on after we left, as it was going until after 22:00 (10pm), and that is past the girls' bed time. It was nice getting to catch up with several of the folks there and one of the other injured veterans, Jeff, sat with us, and that allowed Jason and Jeff to do some catching up as well. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

March 6, 2016

This is the second Leap-year since Jason's injuries, and tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of him stepping on the I.E.D. This coming weekend we're planning on a celebration, marking the 5-years of life, after the "bad-guys" tried to kill him, and failed, so I thought I might do a bit a recap of what happened, for those that have not been reading the blog from the beginning, and a little reminder for those that have been.

Jason was on a patrol with five other guys. One of those guys was the squad leader, as well as a good friend of his, "Gunny Rick", and as it turned out, he and Jason were the only two injured in the blast. Jason was thrown several feet up, in the air, and came down hard, which broke both of his hands - though they might have been broken as a result of the blast and the fall back to Earth only caused more damage. Both his hands were also badly burned, with most of the finger nails being burned off. He also sustained a deep gash in his right arm, below the elbow that almost caused him to lose that arm, but fortunately the trauma surgeon said to leave it and give it a chance to repair (which it has done). One of the many amazing things that happened was that Jason was wearing this Timex watch and it sustained the blast and kept on working. He still has it, today.

Jason was wearing all his protective gear, so other than a small cut on his chin, there was virtually no damage to his head and face. There were other injuries to the body, such as his left lung collapsed and other trauma to internal organs, and then the major damage to the lower portion of his body, where he lost both legs and ultimately a portion of his pelvic bone. And, despite all this trauma and injury, he remained awake for almost all of it. He was still directing his team to watch the perimeter and where to be looking for other possible shooters. He remained awake and active until he was put on the helicopter, where the doctor on board, put him out. He remained out until he was brought out of his coma in Bethesda, at the now, Walter Reed Hospital.

I was standing in my kitchen, getting ready to head off to a new job when the phone call came in and my legs nearly gave out, when the Marine on the other end of the phone told me why he was calling. I asked him to stop and immediately went to get Linda, so she could hear the news at the same time I was hearing it. Both of us were in shock. Fortunately we have good friends close by who were able to come over quickly and help us out. The first 48 hours were very critical and soon we were on our way to Bethesda, Maryland where we saw Jason come in and we both stayed with him for the next several months. Linda eventually had to return home, because she had her business going, and though the company held the job open for me, for another month, I told them that I would not be coming back soon.  From that point on our lives took a totally different direction.

Since then, Jason has undergone over 240 surgeries and procedures, and as it turns out, he is not done. In fact he will be undergoing another procedure a little later this week. It is an exploratory type where he won't have to stay in the hospital, over night, but he will be gone for most of the day, and Linda and I will be there for most of that time. Then, after he gets back home, we'll be discussing the final preparations for his 5-year anniversary, and what we will attempt to get done by this weekend.

The funny thing is, we've been doing lots of stuff already, and there still seems like there is much to be done. I have been working on the 2 1/2 acres, clearing weeds and brush, just to provide room for parking. Jason even bought a new "weed mower" to help get this done. I got about half way through and broke it. I will be attempting to fix it over these next couple of days. It has rained a little, and is supposed to rain again tomorrow, and that might make the clean up a little more challenging, but we have learned to just take each day, and do what we can.

The people we have met along the way have been mostly wonderful. Some of them have been more amazing than others, like Gary Sinise (The Gary Sinise Foundation) and Col. John Folsom (Wounded Warrior Family Support). Also, some of the foundations and organizations like EOD Warrior Foundation (Sherry Beck) and Semper Fi (Dawn Van Skike, and June Cartmill), that made the first impacts a little less traumatizing to our family and I know to many others. The medical people have all been solid supporters of Jason, and have all expressed an amazement at how he has been able to do so well and remain so positive. Jason has even been asked to speak with other patients, to attempt to bring up their moods and attitudes. Dr. Malone, was Jason's initial trauma surgeon, that we met in Bethesda. I would have liked to have been able to meet some of the medical team(s) who worked on Jason prior to Bethesda, but that is not likely. After arriving at Balboa Naval Hospital we met others such as Dr. Pao, and Dr. Sheu, and there is also Dr. Salt and Dr. Shumaker. Actually, there are so many that I won't be able to list them all, and now we're coming in to contact with other medical teams at the VA.

Today, I had to take Linda in to the Urgent Care center, at the Scripps Hospital, because she hurt herself, while attempting to help Jason. Jason had dropped a item and she went to pick it up, only she wasn't in a good position to do so.  As a result she pushed herself and apparently cracked a rib or tore a muscle, and now she has to go through the long process of letting it heal. The doctor was pretty confident that she would be feeling better after about six weeks, though that is a long time, when you're on the beginning side of the six weeks.

Tomorrow is supposed to rain, and that means I won't be getting much done on the yard, and on top of that Jason wants to go check out the gym at the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendelton. I am all in favor of him going and working out, and it also gives me a chance to get some specific exercise in, it should be a fun time, and since I won't be able to do much around the yard, a good use of my time. Not sure what else is going to be happening tomorrow, but like I said earlier - - - we take one day at a time. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.