Monday, October 29, 2012

Harassing Hurricane Sandy Surgery

I was given an opportunity to write about my experience and have it published in a magazine. (I'll give more details at a later time) I was told to write about my experiences as a Marine wife and my emotions about Garrett's injury and I never realized just how hard it is to write about yourself. Garrett is such a huge part of who I am it's hard to separate his experience and his emotions from my own. It was truly a dream come true though and I'm praying that some day it may open some doors for me. I always dreamed about some day becoming a journalist, so maybe this experience will take me somewhere.

Writing it brought up some pretty rough memories for me though. One particular memory that I will never be able to get of my mind is the way Garrett looked the first time I saw him after his injury. He was still surrounded by the crew that brought him in on the medevac from Germany and it seemed like there were 20 different people working on every inch of him. He was grey. So grey. His skin, his eyes, his lips. He had no color. I didn't have the strength to say anything to him so I just touched his shoulder and he grabbed my hand. It wasn't even 5 seconds later I was pushed out of the room so they could stabilize him and whatever else they needed to do. Just another memory that haunts me...

As for the title of this blog...well, things have just been very, very, hectic for us recently.

 I am currently typing this with Sandy screaming and ragging outside my window. No worries though, we are safe and sound and still with power. 

Garrett's surgery is on Wednesday. I prayed when he was discharged that we wouldn't have to go back, but God always has different plans for us. I'm ready for Garrett to not be in so much pain and for things to get a little easier for him, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this surgery will be a success. I am, however, not looking forward to the sleepless nights in the hospital. If you find the time this week please lift him up in your prayers and pray for speedy/pain free recovery. I can't stand to see him hurt. 

As for the harassing part of my title,well, it's in reference to a pretty unpleasant situation we had a week or so ago. I have never been disrespected or threatened so much in my life and it's a situation that I would just rather forget; but it seems that everyone in the media won't let that happen. I refuse to lower myself to the standards of the scum that started the whole situation and talk to the news stations/papers about it like he did. So that's why there has been a lack of statement from me and Garrett. I hope people get bored with the story soon and move on. Although, the negative attention is really getting to him (which is enough for me). Karma really is a....

His smile melts my heart. 


  1. Always nice reading your thoughts and feelings. I know it's a release of sorts for you. Will continue to keep you and Garrett in my thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you.

    Jo Warren
    NCPGR Ride Captain

  2. Hang in there he is so lucky to have a wonderful a Army mom i pray for all our Soliders and i will put him on our prayer list at church if thats ok.. Love Tammy Marley