Care package 8: Father’s Day

Care package 8: Father's Day

This package was a Father’s Day theme. It contained:
– A canvas with the boys’ hand prints
– A motorcycle (toy)
– Shampoo, soap dish, and allergy meds (his requests)
– No. 1 award ribbon
– #1 Dad shirt
– Rice Krispy treats

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Care Package 7: Have some fun in the Sun SGT

This package was themed Have some fun in the sun, SGT! It contained:

– Sunscreen and aloe

– Water baloons

– Football

– Squirt guns

– Sand toys

– SGT ranks and patrol cap

***This post does not contain a picture because the package had our last name on it and I don’t want to share that!***

Adjustment

I seem to be having more adjustment issues than anyone else in the house… Armydad is doing great. I have been watching him like a hawk because I was terrified of PTSD. He is showing no signs and seems to have sailed right back into home life with us. I think I am driving him nuts because every time he makes a noise, I ask him if he is okay!!

Thing1 was immediately settled in to having Daddy at home. No adjustment time needed! Thing2 has had a little trouble. When Armydad had to go in to work the first time, he got really upset and threw a couple fits. But, overall he has been easier to handle since Armydad came home.

Armydad is still working on adjusting his sleep schedule, so he is tossing and turning a lot. Between that and the fact that I am not used to sharing my bed, I am not sleeping much. So I am extremely tired which makes me really grouchy. I understand why most wives take time off work when their husbands return. I was off the day Armydad got home and the following day. Then I went back to work. I think this would have been easier if I had some more time off.

Overall, we are doing good. I need to do a little more work with sharing my work load… I am viewing everything Armydad says as criticism right now. I need to work on that.

Red Cross alert

In the military when a family emergency arises, we are told to call the Red Cross and have an emergency message sent. They are trained at doing this and can do it quickly and efficiently. Armydad had asked me to send a Red Cross message if Thing1 got listed. So, as soon as I turned in the consents, I called the Red Cross. They were amazing! The man I spoke to was kind and caring. He asked many questions to ascertain the severity of the situation. Then he asked “Do you want Armydad to be sent home?” I was not prepared for that question. We had assumed he would stay and only come home if Thing1 got a heart. As soon as I heard the question, I blurted out “YES!” He said he needed justification for why. I began to cry and told him that it is a very risky surgery and Thing1 could die. He needs his Daddy there.

After I got off the phone, I wasn’t sure what would happen. I knew that Armydad’s command could decide to keep him deployed until surgery time. Armydad called me less than 4 hours after my call to the Red Cross. He had just been woken up and given the message. He said he thought he was coming home but wasn’t sure.

Shortly after, he was told to pack and was put on a plane that night. It was a VERY long journey for him with many road blocks along the way. But, 6 days later, he arrived home today with new orders stating that he has been released from the deployment. He will be staying home with us as we wait.

Both of us have felt some guilt about this. We know it could be months before a heart becomes available. Armydad expressed to his command that he felt guilty for leaving. Their response: “Your family needs you more right now than we do. Go home, be with your son.” We have been so blessed by this command.

Care Package 6: Army Guy Survival Kit

Care Package 6: Army Guy Survival Kit

This was an Army guy survival kit. It contained:
– Dart guns and darts
– Beef jerky
– Handheld video games
– Cam band aids
– Pringles
– Military themed movies
– Bible
– Toy soldiers

Listed

I got the call today. Thing1 has been listed. He is a higher status than I was expecting…

I called the Red Cross and asked to have an emergency message sent to Armydad. They were amazing! Less than 4 hours later, he called me to let me know he had been informed.

Now we sit. And we wait. And I jump out of my skin every time my phone rings…

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Preparing

I have been preparing in case Thing1 goes on the transplant list. I got his new IPad all charged and ready. (It is supposed to be a birthday gift, but will get it sooner if he gets a heart.) I typed up instructions for Thing2 and the dog. Then I made packing lists. Armydad called while I was working on the packing lists. He made fun of me and told me I was such an Army wife. He asked if I was going to do a lay out. A little while later, as we chatted, I exclaimed, “Oh, I forgot to put shirts on the list for me! That would have been awkward if I had no shirts!” He responded, “Maybe you really should do a lay out…”