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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!)

  1. Maria Isabella #

    Our prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery are with you every single day, Greg!

    July 22, 2011
  2. Cyntia Bottita #

    Thinking of you every day cousin!!

    Stay strong!!

    Much love to you and everyone!!!


    July 27, 2011
  3. Patrice Shumaker #

    Hang in there Greg! You are an inspiration to us all! Thank you for your incredible service and sacrifice. I look forward to reading about your recovery and progress. -Patrice (friend of your sisters)

    July 28, 2011
  4. amanda o'donnell #

    Thinking and praying for you all everyday!

    July 31, 2011
  5. Valeri Sacknoff #

    Dear Summer and Greg,

    Knowing how difficult this is for both of you, this is all I can say.

    1 Peter 4:12-16 Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering. But rejoice. You will be overjoyed when God’s Glory is revealed.

    Just try to do this ….. it worked for me.


    July 31, 2011
    • capt. greg and family : shalom valerie is right !!! TRUST in GOD !!! , what christ said to do : LOVE ONE ANOTHER amen shalom hang in there friend peace bye !!!

      August 20, 2011
  6. Susie blau #

    I hope your road to recovery becomes easier as time passes.

    July 31, 2011
  7. Beverly Lepine #

    I pray every day for you to get better and please know we love you so much and hope for relief from the pain. Bless you so much for the courage and dedication you have given for all of us. Outpatient is a goal to look forward to and the vac can be done by visiting nurses at some point. God bless you so much and love to your family .

    August 1, 2011
  8. Dan Tarpey #

    Greg, your strength and courage inspire me each day. Praying for you.

    August 1, 2011
  9. Greg, fighting the battle that you are takes so much more courage than many of us know. Keep on going, buddy!

    August 1, 2011
  10. Jeanne Godleski #

    Hi Greg,

    Your strength and grace is truly inspiring. You are a hero and in my heart and prayers. I look forward to reading about your as-fast-as-possible / painless-as-possible-recovery. Lots of love.


    Jeanne (Friend of Steve’s)

    August 1, 2011
  11. Tracy Shavor #

    I personally do not know you but I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family through your process of recovery. I had heard of you thru a friend, Scott Fortier and I sent out a box of cards that children had made for you about a month ago, from Dover NH and I was happy to get this blog to get updates on you, as you have touched many hearts, a true hero..your strengh and courage is so inspiring…you are an amazing person!

    Tracy Shavor

    August 1, 2011
  12. Maureen Mosca #

    We love you Greg. You are in our thoughts & prayers each day. Keep the faith & know we are with you. Love from CT. Maureen & Ron

    August 20, 2011

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