Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

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.