Friday, May 31, 2019

*tap, tap* Is this thing on?

Wow. Its been a hot minute since I've written anything. 

I'm not even really sure if people still read this stuff anymore. 

Well, that's not entirely true. Google analytics tells me there are page views here. 

But what are the odds those are real breathing people versus robots? My money is on the robots. 

I'm not even sure where to start. 

First of all...we have a vlog! You can find us here at The Incredible Warrior Family!  We would love for you guys to follow us over there and catch up to see what we are doing these days. Or some of what we are doing. Some of it we can't talk much about publicly but I'm going to try and give you all a nutshell to bring us up to speed. 

I lost my will to blog, and to write at all, when my life became consumed with advocating for G.I. Joe. His injuries turned out to be much worse than originally stated. However, he was very much overlooked by the military and did not always receive the care he needed. I wasn't just his caregiver, I had to be his voice. I couldn't talk about this stuff publicly while it was going on but at various times in 2013 I had to go to the Army Chief of Staff and Surgeon General. At a certain point the Vice Chief, the SG, and the Secretary were all following his case. We lost a lot in this fight for care. Mostly time and sanity. My health took a fair beating. 

Everything turned out so different than what I was told back when he was initially wounded. 

"He'll fully recover."

 "The Army will take care of him."

 "In a year or less he'll be as good as new." 

None of that happened. In 2014, because of all those amazing leaders stepping in, G.I. Joe was placed in the care of an innovative TBI center. Appointments 5 days a week, multiple therapists a day. We are so thankful to God that He orchestrated all of this that lead us to this specific clinic. It saved his quality of life and has kept him from getting worse. 

At almost 4 years post injury, G.I. Joe medically retired. It was a decision we agonized over but ultimately his injuries were too extensive and he did not want to be a liability to his team. As we started to rebuild our new normal with the kids, something else unexpected happened. 

The kids and I were in a car accident. Its been a couple years now but I still struggle everyday with the effects of my own TBI, PTSD, and neck injury. 

Now, I'm not just his caregiver. 

We are each other's caregivers. 

We've had to learn how to navigate life as a family with multiple life-changing conditions. God has seen us through and I am more in love with G.I. Joe today then I was 7 years ago when all this started. Its been a battle but we are rebuilding our life and finding God's purpose in the trauma. 

One other thing we've been doing is art. G.I. Joe is an incredible artist who has had a solo show at a National museum, and the Pentagon. 

You can check out my modern abstract pieces here. There are prints available for sale. 

And there we have it. My first blog in...a long time. I'm toying with writing more on here, but in the meantime you can definitely reconnect with us on the vlog as well as my public instagram account which is my_carousel_of_progress Drop us a comment here, on the vlog, or Insta and let me know how you are doing!

Thank you to all the non-robots who actually read this! 

And to the robots.... 


Lauren said...

I hate how much your family has had to go through to take care of GI Joe - it's a disgrace. But! I am very happy to hear you all are doing better! Welcome back to blogging!

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