USNR ALUNNI

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

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Word from Bethesda

Today, I'm actually making this post from Bethesda, Maryland. I received a phone call from Madelon and she told me to schedule time to come to see Jim. Without delay, I was here within 24 hours.

I'm not sure I can communicate the emotions of today . . . it was only when I could see and touch Jim that I could find comfort and believe he was truly coming home. He looks really good. Okay, a little tattered . . . but really good. Madelon and Jerry were at a dinner function which gave Jim and I a chance to catch up alone. I spent the first hour sharing with Jim the love, thoughts and prayers extended to him from all of you. You all have been amazing in your kindness not only to the Alunni's but to me as well.

Today was filled with signs of improving . . . they removed the tube connected to the trach and capped it. The trach is still there but plans are to remove it tomorrow! His breathing is good, muddled with some heavy coughing, which is painful. Yes, Jim ate some Jello and drank a couple of small bottles of juice! This is such a good sign as he is passing food and drink through the asophogus. As far as pain management, he did not take anything for pain throughout the day but did request the Morphine drip for the overnight. He is able to talk, although speaking lightly. The loss of hearing still plagues him but the doctors told him it could take up to 6 weeks to return. Hearing loss in this kind of blast is common place. He's up and moving around his floor. All good news, wouldn't you agree?!

Vic Lewis has been enormously comforting to Jim. He stops by daily to sit and chat. I'm hoping to get Jim outdoors tomorrow, even if just for a few minutes. As you can imagine, he is dreadfully tired of being in the hospital, let alone a hospital bed. We are going to ask tomorrow if it's possible but it may be unrealistic. We'll see.

I'm so happy to be able to update you directly. I will try to post again tomorrow with his progress. Although Jim has opted to spend his recovery time here, at this pace, HE still feels he should be home within a week. With this said, anyone who would want to visit him here in Bethesda is able. The Alunnis would need to know in advance to add your name to the security list, since this is a base - and- because they only allow five visitors at a time. I'm not sure exactly how to handle this but I guess you could let me know and I could advise Madelon.

I'll apologize now for any typos! It's been a long day.

cynthia

8 Comments:

At Saturday, August 13, 2005 1:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy, all of our prayers and thoughts are with you. Amy and I are looking forward to the day we can pick up where we all left off. People stop me and tell me they want me to pass along to you that their thoughts and prayers are with you and your recovery. Our prayers also go out to the other brave men and women still in Iraq that they come home safely.
Love, Todd and Amy Dietzel

 
At Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:14:00 AM, Anonymous Aunt Celeste said...

We are with you Jim even though we are far away Michael and I pray for you throughout the day, in the car, while I am driving him to school, they started Wed down here, and night and like everyone else, you are all we think of from the moment I open my eyes in the morning until my last prayer at night.
God Bless You baby face,
Aunt Celeste

 
At Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:30:00 AM, Blogger Cousin Terry Wollschleger said...

Hi Jimmy,

Such good news!!! Our prayers are being answered for your recovery. Your Dad called us last night & talked to Dennis & all sounds positive. Continued progress and know that are love is being sent your way. Hope to see you in OHIO soon. What a terrific homecoming that will be!!

Love, Cousin Terry

 
At Saturday, August 13, 2005 8:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim,
As always, you have the ability to simply kick ass. Sue & I are thanking the powers-that-be for this expeditious recovery. You are constantly in our thoughts.
Now get home so we can make fun of people.
Rock On,
Scott & Sue Reid

 
At Saturday, August 13, 2005 11:30:00 AM, Anonymous Scott C. Holmes said...

Here's to hoping that today is better for you than yesterday. The story of your survival is certain proof to me that bigger and better times lie ahead for you.

Continued improvement and stay strong.

 
At Saturday, August 13, 2005 7:23:00 PM, Blogger Ellita said...

Hey Jimmy!

Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!! I don't know if you realize how big of a celebrity you have become in this local town. You are a sign they could hold on to after so many tradegies have hit northen Ohio and the 3/25th.

EV

 
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