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  1. #16
    Sounds like a road of uncertainty for a little while, I will continue to keep him in my prayers. Sounds like a great young man too, you should be proud!


  2. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by travis mcgee View Post
    Here is an update on my son. He started physical therapy last week and has two one on one sessions each week. He sees his surgeon next week. He said the therapist sounded "worried" when she examined his arm for rotational movement. Not sure what to read into his comment. After all he is 18 and has very little experience dealing with doctors.

    Anyway, my question, is there any way that he could remain in the corps if his arm is not healed 100%? This would mean he would most likely not complete MCT. I'm guessing that this has never happened before. The reason I ask is because his greatest asset is his intelligence. He was a national AP scholar, graduated with honors, and even turned down a full scholarship from the Navy ROTC program at the University of Minnesota to join the Marines. Could the Marines keep him for his brains and 1 1/2 arms?
    Honestly, with the official word that we're going down to 182K, the odds are he'll be medically separated if found "unfit for duty". It's a long road though. I'm not sure how much it matters that he's still in the "training pipeline", but generally speaking, all medical discharges must come from the Physical Evaluations Board (PEB).


  3. #18
    Here is the latest information on my son's odyssey through rehab company. He had another meeting with his surgeon last week and he believes that during the healing process my son's radius and ulna may have fused together or a "bone bridge" (BB) may have formed preventing the rotational movement of these bones over one another. The surgeon performed a CT scan on his arm and will discuss the results with him in early March.

    If a BB is confirmed they will most likely have to open his arm up again and excise the bridge. The caveat is they will have to wait for the broken bones to mature; i.e. stop healing otherwise the bridge can reoccur. No timetable for this was given. He has also started to do 5 lb. bicep curls to start building back his muscle tone.

    Although he is disappointed that he is still in marine "limbo" his spirits are good and he has accepted the fact that he will be in his current position for quite a while longer.


  4. #19
    It's been awhile since I have had any new news regarding my son's medical circumstance. Which brings me to the purpose of this latest post. His CT scan revealed that a bone spur had developed on both his radius and ulna such that they were touching and thus preventing full rotational movement of his wrist. He is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday to remove these obstructions. His surgeon said that he should recover full movement of his wrist once all the soft tissue has healed. He is excited about having the surgery and looking forward to healing and moving forward with his marine career. I'm hoping all goes well for him and am excited for him as well.


  5. #20
    Greetings everyone, I am posting today with the latest news regarding my son's recovery and I have some questions. "Bob" had his second surgery to remove the bone bridge that had formed during his initial surgery. Unfortunately, he has now developed restricted movement in his wrist with regards to bending it backwards, think not being able to do a pushup. He has been going through physical therapy for this since the second week of April and was given 6 month light duty status at that time.

    Yesterday he saw a hand specialist and he was hoping for some news regarding some finality to his situation. The surgeon basically said come back in 6 weeks. He was very frustrated and ****ed off. Six weeks will put him right at his 1 year mark in the corps and he has yet to complete MCT and obviously his MOS school. He is starting to get discouraged that there seems to be no sense of making a decision regarding his future in the corps. He has mentally prepared himself for whatever decision will be made, medical separation or continue on as a marine. But the lack of an answer is eroding his morale and compromising his focus. He really wants an answer so he can move forward with his life.

    Question time; How long will the corps continue to invest in him? I know this is an ambiguous question and what I'm really looking for is there any clue to his status based on the amount of resources already invested in him. Clearly they can't keep him in rehab forever (I'm a little frustrated as well). Is there a definitive time when the corps has to say "alright this is what is going to happen"? Do they have to wait until his 6 month light duty classification is over? That would be in October.

    Thanks for letting me vent. And I greatly appreciate any and all feedback.

    Cheers,

    Pete


  6. #21
    Its all in the doctors hands


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    Quote Originally Posted by travis mcgee View Post
    Greetings


    Yesterday The surgeon basically said come back in 6 weeks.

    He is starting to get discouraged that there seems to be no sense of making a decision regarding his future in the corps. < Corps
    He has mentally prepared himself for whatever decision will be made, medical separation or continue on as a ( Marine ).
    But the lack of an answer is eroding his morale and compromising his focus.
    He really wants an answer so he can move forward with his life.

    Question time; How long will the corps continue to invest in him? I know this is an ambiguous question and what I'm really looking for is there any clue to his status based on the amount of resources already invested in him. Clearly they can't keep him in rehab forever (I'm a little frustrated as well). Is there a definitive time when the corps has to say "alright this is what is going to happen"? Do they have to wait until his 6 month light duty classification is over? That would be in October.

    Thanks for letting me vent. And I greatly appreciate any and all feedback.

    Cheers,

    Pete
    PETE...
    Pardon where i took your post out of context..
    and Please note where i made a change , > Always Capitolize MARINE<
    and Corps.

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    I'm sure from you hanging around in here for almost the past year in anticipation over your son and his un=certain condition over his injury. You can understand all the answers are according to how well your son
    heals, and what the Doctors think of his future. Not to mention how well
    your son does with therapy towards recovery....

    The Corps in all honesty wont keep your son any longer than it takes for the US Navy to pass the word to seperate/survey your son.......IF that's what it comes down to.......

    How long is a Chinaman...

    Between the Navy and the Marine Corps,,
    they can hold your son till he grows
    old, and his hair turns gray..IF it is to the benifit
    of the Marine Corps..

    A negitive attitude on your sons part is a BUMMER
    and may actually determine if he is kept or not...

    This old Marine can only wish you and your son the best..

    you've heard the expression ???

    ( "Hard Tellin- ,, Not Knowin".....)

    and the Magic 8-Ball is on the fritz

    goodluck


  8. #23
    "m14ed", deep down I do understand that the doctors have the final say and I am still learning how the machinations of the Marine Corps work. But it still is frustrating knowing that my son is essentially stuck in limbo while his talents are not being utilized. Also, I apologize for not capitalizing Marine and Corps, no disrespect was intended. As far as his attitude I will have a better gauge of it this weekend when I talk with him, his news regarding the hand surgeon came via text. Thanks again for taking the time to reply and sorry to hear about your Magic 8-Ball.


  9. #24
    Well I talked to my son yesterday and he has been cleared by his occupational therapist to start MCT on September 4. He also needs clearance from his hand surgeon (he sees him at the end of this month) which he is anticipating to not be a problem. I know that he is still a little nervous about MCT since that is where he initially broke his arm. I don't really like to gush about my children but I have to say my son has impressed me with his handling of his situation over the last 10 months. Of course there were times when he was whiny and feeling down but for an 18 year old his maturity level has been way beyond his age.

    I want to publicly thank all those who took the time to provide their insights and kind words on this forum. I would also like to thank the USMC for sticking with my son and giving him the resources and the chance to continue his passion for making The Corps his career. He in turn will not disappoint and looks forward to being the best Marine he can be. I would like to continue posting about his progress if others are interested. Again thanks to all.

    Cheers

    pete


  10. #25
    Hey Pete I wish your son all the luck in the world. I was Suppris3ed that he is going back to training at MCT. I hope your son doesnt get his hopes too high , Idont know but when i was in 1981-19992 they would usually get discharged. unless things have changed in the past 20 years.
    I will be praying for him


    Stephen Doc Hansen Hm3 FMF


  11. #26
    It's been a long and rocky journey for my son since he broke his arm last November but he has endured, healed, and is starting MCT training (again) today. I am excited for him and incredibly proud of the way he has conducted himself over these last 10 months. Usually, a son admires his father but I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that my admiration for my 19 year old Marine is without a doubt one of the greatest feelings I have ever experienced. Good luck "Bob".


  12. #27
    Glad to hear that travis he is in my thoughts and prayers wishing him all the best in his training semper fi and god bless


    stephen doc hansen hm3 fmf


  13. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by doc h fmf View Post
    Glad to hear that travis he is in my thoughts and prayers wishing him all the best in his training semper fi and god bless


    stephen doc hansen hm3 fmf
    Thanks doc, I really do appreciate your thoughts and prayers.


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    Honor goes too the Man that Kill's,Greater Honor goes too The Man that Heal's...I spent almost 11 Mos,on My back;but after a certain amount of time in the Hospital for every day I spent in the Hospital & Rehab it was counted as Two day's toward My Enlistment not sure if this still is the real deal these Day's.GodSpeed to You and Your Son.What does not Kill You only makes You Stronger.Semper Fidelis


  15. #30
    Sometimes big steppers are given big curbs to step over. Big things in store for your son, I think.

    Semper Fi, Tom


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