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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.