We talked to Justin this morning in Germany. It was delightful to just hear his voice. He was about to go in for a spinal evaluation. He sounded good and even cracked a few jokes.
He has a friend who is a senior in high school this year who has already joined the Marines. Justin told him, "Don't do it--I've had 4 people stick their finger in my butt already!" C responded, "I'm going to be a Marine nurse then!" Ha! At least he hasn't lost his sense of humor!!
The staff in Germany said they try to get them in and out of there pretty quickly, so we're hoping he'll be in San Antonio this week. Justin said he's heard as early as tomorrow. We're all so anxious to see him.
Justin isn't happy about leaving his buddies in Afghanistan. They have a bond I will never be able to grasp. I'm certain it's what has gotten them through. We're so lucky Justin had these guys with him....who drug him out from the explosion, stayed with him until the helicopter came to get him out, and who call his family to apoligize for not taking care of him like they said they would.
Boys, you've done an upstanding job. Don't be disappointed in yourselves, don't think we don't thank our lucky stars that you've done what you've done. The only people doubting what you've done is yourselves.
6/23/08 11:00 a.m. update: Justin is in surgery right now, with an orthopedic surgeon. They are trying to determine if he will be able to keep his foot.
6/23/08 10:00 p.m. update: Just is out of a 10-hour surgery. He will be able to keep his foot!! We don't know much more, Kim (his mother) was going to speak with a doctor later this evening for more details on the surgery. Thanks for your prayers....and please keep them coming! Thank you God!