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Home at last … April 29, 2010

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We are home … how wonderful it is!!!! We got in about 4:30 yesterday and were greeted by Brian’s squadron, spouses, friends, family … it was so emotional to see that flood of people welcoming us home, the kids running to us … I have tears again just thinking about it!

Brian also was promoted to Major, which we knew was happening in the next few days, but his DO decided to do it then and there. It was a big day, all the way around. Emma wouldn’t let me put her down, and asked Daddy if his foot was sick. She’s given his leg and foot lots of hugs and likes to play doctor on it. We’ve heard “I really missed you” lots of times and gotten lots of hugs from the girls and Tyler. Of course, this morning was back to normal and Emma didn’t like Daddy anymore after he told her to get her shoes on … I think they’ve made up tho ūüôā

I’ll post more pictures soon. We have our own personal paparazzi, my good friend, Jacqueline was able to put her awesome new camera to use and capture the homecoming for us, I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!! She also came over and had the girls make signs for Daddy. Thank you Jac!!

Again … as I put in every post, thank you all for everything. We love you all so much!! Jackie


FINALLY FREE!!! April 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — theluces @ 10:11 pm

So … I am writing from our room at the Mologne House. Brian was discharged about 2 hours ago. We are going to have dinner tonight with some of his friends and then tomorrow we leave here at 10 to head to Andrews AFB, from where we’ll be flown from … right back to Hurlburt.

Brian & I both, are so excited to get back to the kids! Brian is really looking forward to a few days of spending time with the kids, no knocks at the door or phones ringing. While at the hospital it seems there has never been more than 20 minutes of quiet. It will be so wonderful to be home.

After the weekend, Brian will have to go to Eglin and go thru all the tests & xrays and everything all over again. His Physical Therapy has been lined up and is at Hurlburt, which is only minutes away for us, it will work out really well. He’ll have 2 hours of PT 3 or 4 times a week. After a month, they will redo xrays and see he’s healed enough to go without the brace and boot on his left leg. The back brace will be on for 3-6 months.

One of the organizations that has been so generous, has been the Wounded Warrior Project. If you are looking for an organization to donate to, is one great place. They gave Brian a backpack with a full change of clothes and a phone card and some other supplies in it. There are SO many organizations, a major one being the Red Cross, that make their rounds up at Walter Reed, giving things to the patients. Brian was also given some beautiful quilts made across the US by Quilts of Valor. These quilts are given only to soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Another group makes adaptive clothing, Sew Much Comfort … they’ve thought of everything!!

Ok … next time I check in, it will be from home … HOME SWEET HOME. We love you all!


April 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — theluces @ 3:06 am

Hi all! Just a quick note to update … Brian is doing well. Slowly but surely getting up more and more. Today he didn’t feel well most of the day, but did his PT and OT like a champ. He’s still not sleeping much because of the discomfort. They are talking about discharging him possibly Friday or Monday, then they want him to stay in the Mologne House for a week for outpatient PT. That is up for debate, if they are going to discharge him, we are hoping that they can discharge him back to Eglin AFB, which is only 15 minutes from home, so he can do his outpatient PT there. We’ll find out more in the next day or two.

He’s had lots of visitors in the evening and that’s been great, seen lots of friends he hasn’t seen in a while and past Commander’s … we’ve had such great support.¬†Brian’s first Commander from Minot (and his wife and kids) came up to see him yesterday. It was wonderful to meet them, and Beth brought us up dinner … even searched for a recipe and made me TaterTot¬†Hotdish … so wonderful!! We are so blessed to have such wonderful people in our life!!

I have a little homework to do for my next post. Brian wants me to add in that we’ve had help from lots of really great organizations, they’ve made sure that we are taken care of (clothes for Brian, phone cards, gift cards, … all kinds of stuff!). I will get a little more specific in my next post. If anyone is looking for a good cause to donate to, these are wonderful organizations … stay tuned!!

We love you all!!! Jackie


Big day!! April 17, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — theluces @ 3:10 pm

Brian had a big day today … he finally got his back brace and in the late afternoon was finally able to get into a wheelchair and get some fresh air. I think he was feeling like he’d be up and at’em, but quickly found out that it wasn’t that easy. He got real light headed¬†and nauseous, which is totally normal after over a week on your back, but he was so happy to get up. There is a courtyard very close to his room, so he was able to sit out in the open air, and then went and saw Chris, the flight engineer, for a few minutes. Then we went back to his room and he was exhausted. Hopefully in the next couple days we’ll get the system down a bit better and the next big “to do” on his list will be a shower … which will feel amazing!! He’ll have physical therapy over the weekend, so now just slow and steady. My biggest concern is that he pushes himself too hard.

His mom and stepdad¬†left yesterday, to get down to the kids (and give the amazing Eaton’s their life back … they are so great!!). Rusty and Andria (Brian’s dad and sister) got here yesterday and will be here for the weekend. A few of Brian’s college friends came thru yesterday and that really makes his face light up. I can’t say enough how thankful we are for all the support we have, we are so lucky! And, so thankful for Larry, Brian’s roommate all the way back from pilot training, that has been my go-to guy thru all of this. He’s been my personal chauffeur and paper work do-er, travel companion … I couldn’t possibly thank him enough. He’ll be so glad to get back to his awesome wife Renee and to their kids, I know he misses them tons (me too!!).

Alright … since Brian is surrounded by family and some friends, I get to get away for a bit today (and give Brian a break from me). Thank you, thank you, thank you all for everything!! Jackie


Movin’ on up … April 16, 2010

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So, another day winds down … I am sitting in my hotel room, eating my meal of room service nachos (not bad!) and am exhausted. Brian got moved up to a regular room today, from ICU. There was nothing too different today, about 75 doctors, nurses, liaisons, and whoever came through, so pretty tiring for him. His mom and stepdad are still here, so they had some time with him and his friends Joe & Heather stopped up … that really brightened his day!!

We are still waiting on the so mysterious back brace that everyone keeps talking about but no one seems to come up with. Brian is anxiously awaiting that because once that is on, he can start moving towards a sitting position. They put a soft cast on his leg today and although it prevents his foot/ankle from moving it puts stress on his knee which had some injury to it also. But, we are moving forward, and each day is a little better than the last, and one step closer to flying again.

Today, at Hurlburt, the memorial was held for Major Voas and Senior Master Sgt Lackey. Obviously we were not able to be there, but I heard that the turnout was amazing and the service was beautiful. My thoughts are with both families as they continue on this journey, their lives forever changed.

I’ll keep updating … thank you again, for all of your support. We have so many amazing people in our lives, and are so thankful!! G’nite!! Jackie


April 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — theluces @ 4:13 am

Today was tough, Brian was in a lot of pain and very uncomfortable. They took him in for surgery this morning and were going to be flushing the wound on his back and then doing surgery on his leg. They did more xrays while he was under and decided against surgery. He was originally supposed to have surgery on his back, and they have also decided against that and he should be put in a brace in the next couple days. They will be starting physical therapy tomorrow, and although it will be tough, it will be wonderful for him to have some movement after a week of being on his back. We should be here possibly two weeks and will know more as he gets into his physical therapy.

Brian’s mom and stepdad got here today and I know that had to be wonderful for his mom to hug him and see him rather than just hearing me tell her that he’s ok. I’m going to let them have a bit of time together tomorrow and I’ll maybe sleep in a little bit while I know he’s got someone with him. They are going to head down to Florida on Friday to take over with the kids until we get to come home.

Although he’s not feeling great, Brian is really looking forward to seeing his Syracuse friends that live in the area. Just get in touch with me and we’ll figure out times so we don’t have too many people in his room at once.

As always, thank you all for all your love and support and prayers and thoughts and everything … goodnight!! Jackie


April 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — theluces @ 4:58 pm

Brian is in surgery right now (well hopefully getting out soon … just waiting on the call to come back¬†up). They decided to do surgery on his leg, and are flushing the wound on his back. Right now they are saying they are NOT doing surgery on his back. I haven’t gotten to talk to the doctors yet, they had already gone by time I was able to get there this morning. Hopefully I’ll have more info as the day goes on.

His pain is being well managed, but he is extremely uncomfortable, and there is really nothing anyone can do to make it better at this point. I think visits with smiling faces are going to be what helps the most right now.

I’ll update as I know more. Thank you everyone for everything … we are surrounded by wonderful people!! Love, Jackie