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

Monday, August 08, 2005


Jim was moved from the Intensive Care unit last night and now is in a "regular" room. This is good news in that he is getting a little better each day. Pain is still an issue. Jim still has no hearing in his right ear and was due to see an Ears, nose and throat doctor today. Additionally, the Alunni's were to meet with his surgeon but had seen neither as of this morning. They are going to remove the feeding tube (from his nose) and place something straight to his stomach to help increase nutrition.

What we have learned regarding the explosion was, Jim and another soldier were in the back of the humvee when the bomb went off. One of the two guys up front was killed. The guy riding in back with Jim was also EVAC to Germany and is also in Bethesda now. Madelon stopped in to visit him and his family. He was very happy to meet her and told her how much everyone loved the food she sent and they enjoyed Jim's Birthday cake, which Madelon had made and sent with a can of icing! Jim was very relieved to hear he was doing well and is anxious to see him. Jim said had it not been for the kevlar (?) vest he purchased on his own (to the tune of $1000) he would be in far worse shape. What can I say? Our guys are having to buy their own vests . . . it's ridiculous.

Great news . . . Jim may be back home in a week and a half! He would still have the trach - but would spend his recovery time at home with his mom and dad. Follow up medical treatment would be back in Bethesda. With that said, the Alunni's have requested that everyone wait for Jim to come home to see him. So many people have expressed a desire to visit but they feel it would be too emotional, overwhelming and difficult since Jim in unable to communicate. I know many people are disappointed, including myself but we need to honor their wishes.

Here is his mailing address:

HM3 James Alunni
C/O National Naval Medical Center
8901 Wisconsion Ave.
Room 5 East Room 3
Bethesda, MD 20889

I think that's it for the moment. Thank you all for your kind messages. I don't think Jim knows how many people are pulling for him.



At Monday, August 08, 2005 7:01:00 PM, Anonymous Aunt Celeste said...

That's the best news!
Thanks Cynthia, I am looking forward to meeting you, you are an amazing woman.

At Tuesday, August 09, 2005 8:41:00 AM, Anonymous DEBS2GIRLS said...


Thanks again for all your updates. Mr. & Mrs. Alunni if you need anything, please let us know (chagrin falls village hall - 440-247-5050 - debbie carter). Jimmy we are looking forward to your homecoming! see you soon love deb

At Tuesday, August 09, 2005 6:13:00 PM, Anonymous Carol Baligush said...

I was so sad to see the news about Jim last week in the Solon Herald Sun, but also elated that he is one of the wounded and not one of the dead from the 3/25 Marine Battalion. My children, John and Jennifer, were friends of Jim's at Solon High School and for several years after graduation. I am also appalled to read that our soldiers still must purchase their own safety equipment such as the kevlar vest that Jim believes prevented him from being even more seriously injured. I want all of our troops to come home as soon as possible from Iraq. It's my sincere hope that Jim will not be sent back there after he is healed. We wish you a speedy and complete recovery, Jim!

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