Today Justin restarted back at physical therapy, after having Friday-Monday off. He did well today, but therapy always wears him out. It was good to see him out of bed, since he didn't get up this weekend. He was restarted on ketamine Friday night after surgery because of pain. Then stopped on Sunday, which left him tired all day Monday and not feeling good. Today he was back to himself and awake most of the day.
Monday not a lot happened. Justin was supposed to have his PICC line placed, but there was a miscommunication so it didn't happen until today. So Monday he spent most of the day sleeping (coming off that post-ketamine sleep). Today was a good day overall! After physical therapy his PICC line was placed and he was so thankful to loose his central line! Tomorrow he is scheduled for dressing changes and hopefully next week skin grafts!
Today mom and I went and visited our friends/new family (as we call them) down on the 3rd floor/ CCU. We really have all become a family. We have met wonderful people here. We are so thankful Justin is finally stable that we can offer words of encouragement to other families whose wounded warriors are still in a very critical phase. It was also great to see our wonderful nurses and doctors on the 3rd floor without having to be there because Justin was sick. We really can't say enough good things about this hospital. For example, tonight one of the nurses from the 3rd floor stopped by after shift just to see how Justin was doing. These nurses, doctors and corpsmen care so much for their patients.
Tonight mom and I went to a "girls night out" dinner hosted by the Semper Fi organization. It was a very nice Italian dinner with about 30 other women. It is really nice to meet other moms, sisters, wives, girlfriends, etc. in the same situation. It was a very nice treat to get off the base and eat some great food with amazing company! Justin's request was pizza so dad brought it and they hung out with Justin's friend Hueston two doors down. Tomorrow night is guys night out and dad is going with Justin's friend Hueston, other dads, and wounded warriors to Dave and Busters. As Justin gets better and stronger and looses wound vacs, nerve catheters, and IVs he will be able to go out for guys night out. It should be a great time for them tomorrow!
To our wonderful hometown of Rancho Cucamonga, and to family and friends we really can't thank you enough for all the support. The word thank you does not even do justice to how blessed we feel. We are so overwhelmed from everyone's generosity. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! (Until I can find a better word that shows how grateful we are).
Good Night from a last sunny day before the rain comes Bethesda, Maryland!!