Today we had the Navy visit us and delivered us some news that I am not sure how to take! We have known for some time now that once David is released from Stanford's care he will be released back into the custody of the Navy so that they can medically retire him. What we didn't know was the details of this and for how long. Today we were told that it was going to be for about 6 months, that is how long the retirement process is going to take. I have really mixed feelings about this and there is still a lot of details to work out but for now this is what we know.
David will get some time, not a lot but some, off before having to head back to San Diego in July. At that point he will be on what they call "Med hold" and will be in private barracks on base. He will be under the supervision of a cardiologist and other doctors at all times. While under going several tests and evaluations they plan on giving him a light duty job to keep him busy on base. One that is safe and approved by the Stanford doctors. The entire time he is being evaluated by the Navy doctors the team at Stanford will be in the loop and he will continue to get his follow up care at Stanford. The barracks he will be in will be basically like a hotel room where he will have Internet access, cable TV, and there is also shuttle service that can take him to his appointments, but he can also drive as well.
Like I said, I have really mixed feelings about this.... I have been by his side for the last almost 6 months and to think that in less then 30 days that is going to come to an abrupt stop is almost depressing for me. I will really miss him, a lot. I know that this is going to be great for him, and when he found out today he was just about excited and is already making plans for his stay down there. That makes me really happy, but I was really looking forward to taking him home with me. I have loved having him around 24/7 and I am really going to miss this boy. He and I have formed quite a bond these past months and I can't imagine what it is going to be like without him around. I never even thought for a minute that was even going to be an option.
So we have a lot to muddle through here these next few weeks, and who knows this could all change up. But for now this is what we are being told!!