Hi everyone,  

Not even sure how to start this discussion other than where I'm at now.  My son came into Alpha Co on December 19th.  Yesterday we got a call that he had been taken by ambulance to the Naval Hospital with pneumonia.  When I talked to him, I couldn't believe how rough he sounded.  Not only that, it's the discouragement in his voice that was the worst thing.  While he's still thinking that he'll be able to join his Platoon this week and pass Swim Qual on Thursday. I am not so optimistic.  Knowing how sick he was and that pneumonia can take up to 8 wks to completely recover from, I'm pretty sure he will end up in MRP, or PCP after being discharged from the hospital.  And, I don't expect that anytime soon as he's still running a fever which makes him contagious.  While we discussed the possibility of graduating with the next company, Golf, 3 wks after his original grad date, I'm not even sure THAT will happen.  So, looks like he will be at MCRD way past his 13 weeks.

Any advice from those of you who have been down this road previously or are on it now would be greatly appreciated.  Seems like we had only just begun this Marine journey toward graduation, now we've made a sharp turn.

Mary

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Hi Mumsie,(Mary), So sorry to hear about your son having pnuemonia. We will be praying for him. My son is in MRP now too. He was put in MRP on Dec, 27th, with a knee injury. They said at that time 1 or 2 weeks. He was in Mike Co. PLT 3266. Of course all that will change too. I definitely know how you are feeling, with a bump in the road for sure, and the helpless feeling as a parent. We are from Illinois too. Take care, Vickie

Vickie,

Thanks so much for the prayers and encouraging words!  I actually spoke to my son's Dr this morning when I called his hospital room and she said pretty much what we assumed.  If he continues to improve, he will go to MRP tomorrow, then after a week, he will be assessed as to whether or not he will transfer to PCP or stay in MRP.  

So sorry to hear about your son too.  Perhaps our son's will end up in the same platoon?  :)

Do you know anything about addresses?  I haven't heard about where to send mail.  Will it be the same minus the Company and PLT with MRP in their place?

Thanks,

Mary

Vickie said:

Hi Mumsie,(Mary), So sorry to hear about your son having pnuemonia. We will be praying for him. My son is in MRP now too. He was put in MRP on Dec, 27th, with a knee injury. They said at that time 1 or 2 weeks. He was in Mike Co. PLT 3266. Of course all that will change too. I definitely know how you are feeling, with a bump in the road for sure, and the helpless feeling as a parent. We are from Illinois too. Take care, Vickie

So sorry to hear that your son is ill, but glad you were able to talk to his Dr. today.  Once your son is out of the hospital and in MRP your son will write you with his new address, sometimes you can check with his recruiter and he can get you the MRP address sooner then a letter from your recruit.  But.... know that any letters you send to him in his original platoon should be forwarded to him in MRP.  This will also be the same case when he picks up training with a new Graduation Date, Company, Platoon.

Maria (Mom-NY)
MFN Manager of Boot Recruit Groups
Mom of Deployed Marine

Maria,

Thanks for the info.  It's really helpful to know how it all goes!  I'm savoring this time I'm able to call him directly in the hospital.  I know it's short-lived.

Mary


1~Mom-NY (Maria) said:

So sorry to hear that your son is ill, but glad you were able to talk to his Dr. today.  Once your son is out of the hospital and in MRP your son will write you with his new address, sometimes you can check with his recruiter and he can get you the MRP address sooner then a letter from your recruit.  But.... know that any letters you send to him in his original platoon should be forwarded to him in MRP.  This will also be the same case when he picks up training with a new Graduation Date, Company, Platoon.

Maria (Mom-NY)
MFN Manager of Boot Recruit Groups
Mom of Deployed Marine

Yup, you ARE lucky to talk to your son!  Mine was with Delta Co, grad 1/27, and we can't talk to him.  11 - 15 more weeks to go with a severe stress fracture...then 4 more with PCP...then 4 1/2 more to graduate = possibly 8 months in Basic Training.  Wanted to escape WI the end of this month...now maybe June?!?!  PRAYERS for him and us to tough it out!  With no phone call....
wish I could get a chaplain to give him a lift....or to get him a short liberty and we could fly out there to see him in a few months.  Do NOT want to mess up his graduation!!


Mumsie-(Mary) said:

Maria,

Thanks for the info.  It's really helpful to know how it all goes!  I'm savoring this time I'm able to call him directly in the hospital.  I know it's short-lived.

Mary


1~Mom-NY (Maria) said:

So sorry to hear that your son is ill, but glad you were able to talk to his Dr. today.  Once your son is out of the hospital and in MRP your son will write you with his new address, sometimes you can check with his recruiter and he can get you the MRP address sooner then a letter from your recruit.  But.... know that any letters you send to him in his original platoon should be forwarded to him in MRP.  This will also be the same case when he picks up training with a new Graduation Date, Company, Platoon.

Maria (Mom-NY)
MFN Manager of Boot Recruit Groups
Mom of Deployed Marine

I know how you feel both of you my son was to graduate 2/24 and hurt his shoulder in day 6 of training and was on light duty for 3 days and then sent to mrp.Finally got an MRI and results showed no tears or surgery needed and they don't know what is wrong. Put him back to PFT and it got worse so they took him back out and said another 2 weeks of therapy.On top of that he also got some bad varicose veins in  his  leg, they did ultrasound to check for blood clots and thank goodness there were none. So now he is still in MRP doing therapy and so we wait.So far we are a month delayed and will have pretty much the whole 12 weeks to go once he is back in a platoon whenever that is. I figure we are looking at may or june at least. But if they can't figure out whats wrong soon maybe longer he has less than a 45 degree range of motion with no improvement. But if you send letters to the address he had in the platoon they will forward to MRP. So I guess we all ride this roller coaster together. Praying for your sons speedy recovery.
 
Heavenly8nurse said:

Yup, you ARE lucky to talk to your son!  Mine was with Delta Co, grad 1/27, and we can't talk to him.  11 - 15 more weeks to go with a severe stress fracture...then 4 more with PCP...then 4 1/2 more to graduate = possibly 8 months in Basic Training.  Wanted to escape WI the end of this month...now maybe June?!?!  PRAYERS for him and us to tough it out!  With no phone call....
wish I could get a chaplain to give him a lift....or to get him a short liberty and we could fly out there to see him in a few months.  Do NOT want to mess up his graduation!!


Mumsie-(Mary) said:

Maria,

Thanks for the info.  It's really helpful to know how it all goes!  I'm savoring this time I'm able to call him directly in the hospital.  I know it's short-lived.

Mary


1~Mom-NY (Maria) said:

So sorry to hear that your son is ill, but glad you were able to talk to his Dr. today.  Once your son is out of the hospital and in MRP your son will write you with his new address, sometimes you can check with his recruiter and he can get you the MRP address sooner then a letter from your recruit.  But.... know that any letters you send to him in his original platoon should be forwarded to him in MRP.  This will also be the same case when he picks up training with a new Graduation Date, Company, Platoon.

Maria (Mom-NY)
MFN Manager of Boot Recruit Groups
Mom of Deployed Marine

Oh deeann and Heavenly8nurse, 

I will certainly pray for each of your sons as well.  I didn't realize how popular the MRP was!  While I've been in a traditional platoon for training many years ago, I don't have any knowledge about MRP except for what it is.  Do either of you know how it's set up?  Is it like a regular barracks or more like a big dorm with hospital beds?  Do they do any kind of training or is it all rehab?  What do the recruits do all day between physical therapy sessions?  Sigh, I'm really struggling with all this right now.  I was thinking a regular 13 wk boot camp was going to be tough enough, now it seems so much more of a trial for ours sons and us.  Good to know I'm not alone.

Mary

Today was a good day, got two letters from our son. He is still in MRP but possibly will be moved next week to PCP. Very good positive letters, of course he misses all the family and church family, but so thankful for all the support he receives. Keep the letters going to them, they are so important. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support. This is hard, but we will all survive! Thank you Jesus!

Yay, Vickie!  God is good all the time!

Vickie said:

Today was a good day, got two letters from our son. He is still in MRP but possibly will be moved next week to PCP. Very good positive letters, of course he misses all the family and church family, but so thankful for all the support he receives. Keep the letters going to them, they are so important. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support. This is hard, but we will all survive! Thank you Jesus!

Mary,  My son had pneumonia very bad, dropped on Swim Week.  He was in the hospital for a week, then in EHP for 10 more.  When he was released to go back to training he still wasn't completely clear, but is getting better (graduated in Dec.).  It was so hard knowing he was sick and no communication for that long, but he did great in EHP.  He learned a lot from other recruits who got dropped in various phases and when he went back, he was ahead of the others (plus he got rested up a bit).  The EHP (evaluation holding platoon) is like a regular platoon, from what I gathered, with squad leaders and cleaning to do.  They could volunteer on base for Work Parties.  My son even got to go off base to a recycling center and work towards the end of his time there.  The guys with injuries didn't get to do the work parties for fear of re-injury.  They also went to the museum several times.  It wasn't FUN, and he was more than ready to go back to training, but there are opportunities to learn and get extra training (mine had a guy give him MCMAP help once he was able to go to the gym).  I hope your son gets well much faster than mine did, but he WILL get through this and graduate!  You might just make some very good friends (prayer partners) in the illness/injuries section of MFN like I did.  We still keep in touch!  :) 

Praying for ALL of you.

Mumsie-(Mary) said:

Oh deeann and Heavenly8nurse, 

I will certainly pray for each of your sons as well.  I didn't realize how popular the MRP was!  While I've been in a traditional platoon for training many years ago, I don't have any knowledge about MRP except for what it is.  Do either of you know how it's set up?  Is it like a regular barracks or more like a big dorm with hospital beds?  Do they do any kind of training or is it all rehab?  What do the recruits do all day between physical therapy sessions?  Sigh, I'm really struggling with all this right now.  I was thinking a regular 13 wk boot camp was going to be tough enough, now it seems so much more of a trial for ours sons and us.  Good to know I'm not alone.

Mary

You are definately not alone. There are many of us in here some with sons and daughters with very serious injuries or illnesses and they cannot talk to them or find out any more information than we can. Keep in mind all the letters are not todays news and things have changed by the time we read that letter. There are many in MRP my son said he spent his first new year out of the house with 55 hurt or sick guys instead of with his new wife.(dummy) but I sure love him lol. They still have a DI that yells and throws  things around like on the u tube videos. They are still in bootcamp just not as hard on their bodies the way I understand it.They have to read alot in their knowledge books and follow orders.They are still conditioning them mentally and physically as much as possible to be Marines. Most of them are really down as far as the posts I read and the letters I get.Some letters my son sounds like he has given up and others he has a little humor. He says it is very depressing in MRP. He never used that word before in his life.They are separated from the platoon they started with, graduation is delayed and their not able to talk to family or friends. But they are all in the same boat and they get to know others there and make new friends.My sons wife sent him clippings from the funny pages in the paper and some pages from a magazine in one of his letters. Any books they can have are a bible or a book about the USMC is what my son just wrote. I'm going to a used book store to see what I can find as he will probably have to leave them in MRP when he leaves there which is fine. Someone else may enjoy them too. Anything funny you can send is good but I also sent my son a couple of encouragement cards. They are not having fun by any means but they are getting medical care.I never let him know how hopeless I feel or how much I cry I always tell him how strong he is and how he can get through this.That we miss him but we know he can do this. Hope some of this helps. Here is where I let out my real feelings,on these message boards.I also would not recommend putting any thing personal he writes on the boards in case the DI's read them. I don't want him to get into trouble because of something I write Good luck and prayers for you and your son

Deana I'm so glad your son is doing better and I know you have peace of mind knowing you can look at him and see for yourself he is ok. Thanks for all the prayers and guidance you have given to all of us who are starting on this journey that you had already been on. It helps to hear from someone who has already been there God Bless you and yours
 
Deana said:

Mary,  My son had pneumonia very bad, dropped on Swim Week.  He was in the hospital for a week, then in EHP for 10 more.  When he was released to go back to training he still wasn't completely clear, but is getting better (graduated in Dec.).  It was so hard knowing he was sick and no communication for that long, but he did great in EHP.  He learned a lot from other recruits who got dropped in various phases and when he went back, he was ahead of the others (plus he got rested up a bit).  The EHP (evaluation holding platoon) is like a regular platoon, from what I gathered, with squad leaders and cleaning to do.  They could volunteer on base for Work Parties.  My son even got to go off base to a recycling center and work towards the end of his time there.  The guys with injuries didn't get to do the work parties for fear of re-injury.  They also went to the museum several times.  It wasn't FUN, and he was more than ready to go back to training, but there are opportunities to learn and get extra training (mine had a guy give him MCMAP help once he was able to go to the gym).  I hope your son gets well much faster than mine did, but he WILL get through this and graduate!  You might just make some very good friends (prayer partners) in the illness/injuries section of MFN like I did.  We still keep in touch!  :) 

Praying for ALL of you.

Mumsie-(Mary) said:

Oh deeann and Heavenly8nurse, 

I will certainly pray for each of your sons as well.  I didn't realize how popular the MRP was!  While I've been in a traditional platoon for training many years ago, I don't have any knowledge about MRP except for what it is.  Do either of you know how it's set up?  Is it like a regular barracks or more like a big dorm with hospital beds?  Do they do any kind of training or is it all rehab?  What do the recruits do all day between physical therapy sessions?  Sigh, I'm really struggling with all this right now.  I was thinking a regular 13 wk boot camp was going to be tough enough, now it seems so much more of a trial for ours sons and us.  Good to know I'm not alone.

Mary

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