A Difficult Reality
Dear friends and family,
Continuous thanks to each of you for your support, prayers, and love. The recent days have been rougher than most, as Greg’s progress has plateaued a bit, the pain in his wounded limbs and phantom pains have increased. As you may recount in previous posts, Greg was making big steps each day. We were told to expect this slowing down period, but of course it still feels like Greg is taking steps backward. As Greg’s medications are reduced, the reality of the blast and its consequences are finally taking into effect. Despite the positive remarks from the staff and his family, Greg seems to only focus on these stressful setbacks. Emotionally this is a difficult time. We hope that once the doctors are able to find a daily regimen of medications that work, Greg will be in less pain, and back to moving forward.
On an exciting note, the doctors and PA are discussing having Greg become an outpatient. While we were shooting for early next week, Greg’s left residual limb required a new wound-vac to be attached to suck out excess fluids. Unfortunately, this may be cause to keep him in the hospital longer. Greg, however, is taking all the necessary steps to becoming outpatient, where he will continue his rehab at the Center for the Intrepid. These steps have included; removing his IV line and IV medications, reducing his medications to more controlled dosages, and practicing getting in and out of his bed, the wheelchair, and the shower. When the day does come, we know Greg will impress and amaze each of us throughout his journey at the CFI.
Last weekend, Greg’s Battalion Commander, Company Comander, Company First Sergeant , Platoon Sergeant and friends came to visit. Last Friday was also the day Greg was officially awarded his Purple Heart, a CIB (Combat Infantry Badge), and a Bronze Star, making it quite a special day. Badges, awards or medals are not really enough to make losing ones legs worth it, but hearing about the way Greg led his soldiers, worked with the people and police of Afghanistan, and prevented other members of his platoon from being injured, proves that without a doubt he is a hero. I look forward to the day when Greg, the Galeazzi family, and I walk out of here together. Thanks again, and I promise we will be more adamant with sending updates.
(With help from Greg!)