Iwo Gima

Iwo Gima
Marine Corps Marathon

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

I was thinking that it was about time to get a post out and provide an update on things going on, when I finally logged back on to my own blog. I didn't realize it has been over 3-weeks since my last post, so please accept my apology for taking so long. Part of it is simply that when there was time I was tired, and then there wasn't really a great deal to update about. Then, when there was some news I just didn't seem to get the needed time to get to the blog. Enough excuses... on to the post.

First, Jason is doing well. He is much happier not having the SP tube, going directly into his bladder now, and being to go pee, just like everybody else. The very strong up side to getting rid of the catheter and SP Tube is that it was the main source of infection, and now it is gone. This in itself, is going to make life so much better. The down side is that it is going to take a little bit of time to get his bladder back "into shape" so that he doesn't feel like he has to go find a restroom every hour - makes watching a movie a bit of a challenge. The rest of the changes he is dealing with now are very minor in comparison.

We haven't been able to get out to go do much, for the past several months. That's because his wearable prosthetic is no longer "wearable." We are working with the VA and Aspen/Ride Design on getting him a new one, and it looks like that will be happening sometime in July. Originally it was supposed to be in June, but Jason received a call today, from the folks at Ride Design, that they would be able to get the new wearable sometime in July. He told me they were going to be calling me later today, but I guess it will have to wait until next week now - unless they call me on the weekend, a holiday weekend. Regardless, it will be good for him to get the new prosthetic, so he can get back to a more active life, like he had before.

The girls are growing and Linda and I are doing well. We continue to keep up with all the things going on around here, and we're even trying to put together a garage sale. We still have a bunch of things from our old house, in Livermore, and we need to get rid of it, so we can get the garage back. It will be strange, indeed, to have both the truck and the van in the garage. I think it will make the house look a little better as well. Anyway, that's about all the big news for now. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7, 2017

Another exciting update for the blog... Jason is doing well and going in to Urology on Tuesday, for his follow up from the surgery. He has been doing very well and on top of that the other wounds are closing up nicely. He had four small wounds prior to the surgery and now he is back down to two, with one of those looking like it will close pretty soon as well.

Jason spends most of his days resting in bed, as he should, though he has been out to fix dinner and enjoys telling the girls their bedtime stories. Actually, this is one of those areas where he really excels. I still think he should take up writing, as he has quite a good imagination and does a great job of telling his stories to the girls. He bases his stories on either a fantasy story he is familiar with or something that happened to  him, somewhere along the line of his own life. Bottom line is that the girls really love listening to him.

Today was an interesting day, especially for Southern California. It started to rain yesterday, and has not stopped. The weather outside is cold, and the Men's Retreat, from our church had snow this morning... 4+ inches. I had hoped to get some time out on the bike, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Perhaps I'll be able to over the next couple of days, or maybe into next week sometime. The challenge there is that we're coming into a very busy time for the entire family, and I may not get any "extra" time to just go for a ride, until sometime into July.

Next month we're supposed to be headed to Colorado, to get Jason a new wearable. We're waiting to hear what the final plans are so we can get some schedules coordinated. My guess is that we'll be out there for a week and then get back here. Once that happens, I am hopeful that Jason will be able to get back to the gym. The few times we went I could see a subtle improvement in his attitude and I can only attribute that to the fact that he enjoyed going there, very much.

The girls have been with us for almost two-weeks now, due to a schedule need from their mother. As far as we're concerned they could stay with us all the time, but that isn't going to happen anytime soon. Jason is quite a good dad for them, and they definitely show that they like it, and they love their daddy. Thank you, for all the continued support and prayers. Take care and stay positive.