Updates on Jim's deployment status. We hope you will share your thoughts and comments.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


I spoke with Madelon about 5 times last night. . . lots of updates.

Jim is doing well. He is still in alot of pain, mainly from the tubes and trach. What she learned was that the injury was more to his trach than his asophogus. He had two surgeries . . . one while at the medical base in Iraq and one in Germany. They are going to do more testing while in Bethesda, as they have more advanced equipment available there. When he was injured, alot of "bad air" got in him, so they had to put 4 chest tubes to relieve the air. They have since removed 2 of the 4. They are constantly cleaning the trach, which is painful. They still anticpate him being moved out of Intensive Care to a regular floor within the next few days. The burns on his body are pretty insignifcant, mostly on his chest. She said he was concious throughout the entire ordeal. I believe there were four guys in the humvee Jim was riding in. One was killed and Jim and the other two were injured. The other two guys were also in Germany, but I have no news on their condition. Jim did not see them while he was there. Jim is aware of the number of comrads that have been killed from the 3/25. The loss of so many of the guys from Brookpark I'm sure weighs heavily on him and no doubt he realizes how lucky he is. They will assign a counselor to Jim, which sounds as if it's routine.

Speaking of the guys from Brookpark . . . my thoughts and prayers go out to to their families. I know what we've been through this past week and I can only imagine what heartache they're feeling this week.

I'm certain I will hear from Madelon today and I will post again when I do.



At Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:14:00 AM, Anonymous Carie said...

Thanks Cynthia. Please let the Alunnis know if there's anything they need while they're away we'd love to help. Jim is, as always, in our thoughts.

The Ketz Family

At Sunday, August 07, 2005 3:28:00 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Hi Cynthia:

Thanks so much for keeping us up to date on Jim. We have been praying for him since he left California.

Bob Mitroff

(Jim's cousin)

At Sunday, August 07, 2005 5:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cynthia, thanks for keeping us all updated.

Jim, speedy recovery my man, speedy recovery. See you soon.

Ray and Janelle

At Monday, August 08, 2005 2:37:00 PM, Blogger Ellita said...


If or when you get to see this please know that we are all with you in your time of recovery. We want to be with you, see you and would do anything for you and your family. We would all be there by 0800 hours tomorrow, any time' any where just to be to be with you. We all miss you tremendously!!!

Ellita (and your fire family)

At Monday, August 08, 2005 4:18:00 PM, Anonymous Dennis Castiglione said...

Jim, Jerry, Madelon, et al...the guys at the Solon Italian Club send their love and prayers. The phone calls and emails looking for news and offering well wishes are overwhelming and gratifying. We're all pullin' for you, Jim! Heal well and quickly. God bless!!

At Sunday, March 04, 2007 3:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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