Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

Apologies to all, in that it has taken me a little longer than I should have taken to provide another update.

Jason does  not, and did not have MRSA. He has a basic staff infection (which can still be very uncomfortable), and therefore it was not as serious an issue as we initially though. A culture was taken at Balboa, and as a result of the initial treatment and antibiotics he is doing quite well. He is still having to spend more time in bed, and he hates it, and the wounds are all getting better. The big challenge now is getting him back into the wearable. Not sure how long that is going to take, but I'm guessing in a matter of a week or so.

On another front, Jason is scheduled for surgery in April, so again he will be required to stay down for healing, only this time it is elective. They are going to be able to go in and reconstruct his urethra and, assuming all goes well he will no longer have to deal with a catheter. This is something we have been looking to happen for a couple of years now. I know it is a matter of Jason's being ready for it, and being healed up enough, but it has taken a long time to get there.

In the mean time, we had George, III (Jason's oldest brother) to the house and celebrated his 40th birthday. It was a fun time for everyone, and we all dressed up in super  hero attire, as that was the theme of the party. George stayed for a few more days, afterward and then had to head back home... something about needing to get back to work... ;-) Anyway, George will be coming back down on a more regular basis and Stacy and Jackie will be able to get to know their Uncle George more.

David and Sean were also at the party, and that was the first time in about six years that all four of them have been together. It was particularly good for Linda and I, as we miss having them around. We need to come up with more reasons to have all of them here, with the entire extended family. It is always fun to see all the grandkids playing, and they all keep growing so fast. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

03/14/2017

Things have been going pretty good for the past several days and then yesterday Jason had to get over to the ER at Camp Pendleton. Seems he got an infection from MRSA, which is a type of staph that is resistant to most antibiotics. Well, it came in the form of a cyst and simply looked like a large pimple, very large. He was able to speak with his primary doctor at Balboa and she instructed him to get over to the ER and that's where they took care of it. Fortunately it was seen before it became a major issue, and in a matter of a couple weeks we should be all done with it. The down side on this is that they had to pack it with a medicated strip, so that it would heal correctly while at the same time helping it to heal from the inside out. Tonight I had to get Jason back over to the ER so they could make the change to the packing and it was quite painful for Jason. The medical team assure him that each day it would become less painful, and that this first one was the most painful.

The timing is unfortunate, as we are also working on putting together a surprise Super Hero Birthday party for our son, George, III, as he is turning 40 years old this month and has always loved Superman. Linda has been working on this for the past few months, and it looked like it was going to be smooth sailing. Things just seem to happen sometimes, and we just have to go with the flow. Jason and I were supposed to have been out to Spring Training, in Arizona, but things just didn't come together with transportation. As it has turned out, it is a good thing we didn't go, as Jason was able to get that infection taken care of. Anyway, George's party is still on and Jason's treatments should be very manageable by the time everybody gets here.

Speaking of everybody being here. This is the first time that all four of our sons will be together in over six years. Linda and I are very much looking forward to seeing all of them in the same place. We will have all our sons and all our grandkids in the same place... that is going to be awesome. The rains seem to have stopped, finally, so we should have some good days for the party, and for the visit. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 02, 2017

Apologies for the lack of updates, over these past few weeks, but I have been busy with a few other things. Linda was off on a retreat, actually two, and that meant I was flying solo for a couple weeks. In the mean time things have happened, that are positive, and Linda came back feeling recharged and better - and that's good for me.

First, Jason has been going to the gym now, for a few weeks, and the results are already showing up. I am happy to say that you can see some definition starting to show in his arms and shoulders, and he is feeling better because of it. Another positive side is that I have been going with him (most of the time) and I'm getting a little benefit from the gym as well (more on that later). The down side is that it is causing his overall body shape to change some and he doesn't fit in the wearable as he did before. This is causing some other challenges.

The wearable is designed to "hold and lift" Jason so that the pressure on his wound and bottom are is reduced and eliminated. With the body shape change it is unable to do the same level of support. As a result Jason is now experiencing the old shearing problem that he had before. The one open wound has changed to three, though all three are small. We are working with the folks at Ride Design (Rob) and it looks like a new insert is going to have to be built. Our hope is that we won't have to travel to get this done, as travel is not one of Jason's favorite things to do. Especially when it is over a long distance, and in an airplane.

Otherwise, his spirits are up and he is still as positive as always. He is still making his mead and has a batch (not sure what the technical term is for new mead) coming along that should provide him with several bottles. The funny part is that he makes it, bottles it, and then gives most of it away. He hardly ever drinks any of it himself. I do know of a couple people who have been given a bottle, and I have heard them ask him if he is going to make more, so I take that as a positive sign that they like it.

The girls are growing and enjoying their time with us, and especially some recent fun with Daddy. Jason took the girls to the "Father-Daughter" Dance at the school, and they had a great time. I didn't stay, though I did do the driving. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures with my camera, so I don't have any to post right now. I did get a couple with my cell phone/camera, but haven't quite figured out how to down load to the computer... I'll work on that today.

We have a couple of  new cabinets, and shelves that Jason ordered, coming in to the house. They are sitting in the garage, right now, waiting to be finished. I know we're all going to be happy to see them installed, so that we can get some additional books and other things displayed. Some of the shelving is going in Jason's bedroom, and he will be able to get some of his "toys" displayed, that are currently just sitting in boxes, and that will free up some floor space.

This weekend we are celebrating Jason's Alive-Day anniversary, as it will be six-years! It is pretty amazing how far he has come, and how far we have also come along on this journey. From being listed as a very high probability of dying, to now a strong and thriving man, Jason continues to amaze the medical world, and those that come to meet him. It isn't going to be as big of event as the five-year event, but then it isn't supposed to be. We've decided that we're going to make the every five-year make the big one, so in 2021 we're going to have a big party again!

This last part, really has nothing to do with Jason's progress, or the family, it is about a recent trip to In-N-Out burger. Linda and I drove through the drive-through and ordered two double-doubles and two single protein burgers. The total came to $14.92. For those that know me, I like to reference any numbers I can to historic dates, and I thought this was a big one. I asked the first person if they knew the importance of 1492, and she said no, she didn't recognize it and, "...didn't do well in history." So I told her and drove on, a little disappointed.  The next window is where I paid for it, and again the young man sitting there didn't know what 1492 represented, and now I was a little more disappointed. Finally we came to the pick-up window and this last person, who did appear to be maybe a little older than the other two, and again, she had no idea what the date was, or even who Columbus was. Linda and I were absolutely incredulous. What is being taught in schools? Granted, there is a great deal of evidence that others came to the North American continent before Christopher Columbus, but he was effectively the reason others began to go exploring more, and the settlements turned in to multiple countries. PLEASE, PLEASE educate your children, our future!

Okay, got that off my chest... Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers, take care and stay positive -