7/7/09 Update

by carolyn

We kind of had an uplifting day today. Two Marines stopped by this afternoon to visit Matt and we got a chance to talk with them and I think all three of us had a nice sigh of relief afterwards. One of the Marines, Marcus, was in Matt's platoon on his first deployment to Iraq (where Marcus had been injured) and the other one, Jeremy, had only heard of Matt but just came by to offer support. Both of these guys had been badly injured, and are both still at the neighboring hospital Walter Reed, but were standing there with us, telling us of other Marines and soldiers who have sustained similar injuries and have come out on the other side strong. After talking with them and seeing how well they were doing I think we all felt our spirits were lifted a little. Also, (can't say this enough for those Marines!) seeing how they all support each other and root for each other is really great. Matt really has a tight family in the Marines, and I feel encouraged they they will help him get through the tough parts.

Hehe, had to laugh.... the next place they move these guys to after ICU is up on the 5th floor, so all I keep hearing about from other people coming in and out of the ICU waiting room is that they're moving on to the '5th floor'.... must be a magical place! :) People we've run into tell us they'll come visit him on the 5th floor when he gets there. So now all I keep thinking now is "gotta get to the 5th floor! gotta get to the 5th floor!" hehe, ahhh it's the little things. Cross your fingers - maybe we'll be going up to the 5th floor soon!

My uncle Don and uncle Steve are coming to visit tomorrow. We're not sure if they'll be able to come see Matt yet, but it will be nice to have some familiar faces around!