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My son was just sent to MRP at PI a few days ago due to swelling behind the kneecaps, strained quads and vasculitis. Does anyone have an idea as to the average length of time it would take to heal and will he automatically be sent back to a new platoon? I felt his disappointment that he had to leave his platoon just 12 days into training. His attitude was good on the phone when he called but he had no idea how long he'll be there or how they were going to treat him. His recruiter has not returned my phone calls so I'm reaching out to this community for support and hopefully some good feedback and info.
Thank you so much...SEMPER FI Scott
Well, Scott, don't count on getting information from the recruiter. Ours was no help at all. My son & daughter went in together. Son was dropped because of failing swim qual, but passed it the next week but was dropped back into the toughest company in all of PI. As long as your son is healed (will be tested ), then they will drop him into a new co. and platoon who is on the training day that he was on when he got dropped. My daughter was dropped on TD32 due to a torn hip labrum; that would've been 3-6 months, or longer if surgery was required, had she not been diagnosed with allergic-type asthma, after she'd been in rehab for 3 weeks, which had never shown up in her 22 years. Her profession is personal trainer, so go figure. She was sent home as quickly as the USMC ever does anything,at the convenience of the government. Like she was never even there, and can't ever serve in any branch. Also be aware, if your son is 18 or over, you cannot get ANY information from anyone because of the HIPPA laws. The strained quads sure can happen in first phase (everything can get strained!) but check on Web MD or something about the rest, just so you'll know what treatment might be given, etc. The medical treatment is excellent, I can attest to that. The recruits are allowed a couple of calls, and you can write,of course. MRP is hard on them emotionally since they want to be back in training, and as recruits, they also have work to do within their capabilities ( groundskeeping, cleaning, etc). They have DIs who are there because they have also sustained injuries along with the recruits, and aren't known to be kind & gentle on the best of days..imagine if they are in pain! Most of the guys, even in the co. barracks stay sort of sickly, what with recruit crud, cellulitis, gastrointestinal viruses that spead like fire on dry wood...but get through somehow, I know my son did (all of that & then some), but never had to drop to MRP. Good luck, and stay here for moral support so you can give it to your son!
All of my son's experience was in San Diego, and I have found that there are differneces in some things. Regardless of that, when they are in medical they tend to be like the proverbial bear with a thorn in it's foot. They are not allowed to do much, and they get bored in a very big way. Write to him a lot and stay encouraging. MamaT is right about the recruiter not being able to help much. As in all treatment, time depends on severity and each individual. I am posting a link to a thread here that was totally about vasculitis, maybe you can gain more info about that condition:
Prayers are with and for you all that he may soon heal and continue. Please stay in touch.
Thank you for the replies. I have learned from my sister (an OT) that the swelling behind his kneecaps is common due to a fatty tissue getting inflammed after intense physical training. My sons most recent letter describes that his legs were swollen and it was a stuggle to sit down and that he made it through every day without going to medical. But obviously it became too much after the 3 mi hike he was scheduled to do the next day. He is 22yrs old so the HIPPA laws make sense. It's just frustrating when the recruiter promises to call back with some info and then doesn't. Even if there is no info to pass along, I still expect a call back or an email response. I think with a little rest and anti-inflammatories he should be good to go soon. Thanks for the prayers....Scott
Our son was dropped from his platoon and sent to MRP this past Tuesday (He had fallen from the rope on the "O" Course and severely sprained/broken (?) his ankle) . We received a call from his Senior Drill Instructor giving us plenty of details regarding his injury, abut his transfer to MRP, and what would subsequently occur with regard to his getting back into a training platoon. He also allowed us to talk with our son for 30 minutes (on the Drill Instructor's personal cell phone!). The next day we received a phone call from a Navy Corpsman (Petty Officer) at the hospital where my son was being treated, following up and collecting additional medical history to add to the information they already had on our son. The Corpsman allowed us to talk to our son for about 20 minutes. I then began to prepare a "courtesy" email to our son's recruiters to alert them to what was going on and discovered that the Gunnery Sergeant (the NCOIC) at our son's Recruiting Station had already sent us an email regarding our son, updating us regarding his condition and his transfer to MRP, as well as, details he had received from our son's Senior Drill Instructor regarding our son's situation. The Gunny has cc'd us on the emails he sent regarding our son. Yesterday, we received another personal call, this time from the Staff Sergeant who actually recruited our son. He called to make sure we were aware of our son's situation, that we had spoken to our son's Drill Instructor, and to our son, and that we had received the email from the Recruiting Station's NCOIC. Wow! I have been quite impressed by the all the NCO's and medical staff involved with my son and their efforts to keep us informed. My thanks to all of them. Hopefully every recruit receives this type of support. Semper Fi
Donna: That's an excellent idea. I have sent both of the recruiters thank you letters, but if I can tie them down to a specific date/time, I will either personally take them to lunch or will have lunch delivered to their recruiting station. Semper Fi (USMC - 05/07/1971 - Boot Camp, 1st BN, Alpha CO, Plt 1073)
To Theragman- Hope this will help you a bit:
That's a good question. Unfortunately there probably isn't an "average length of time" for any particular recruit. Once your son's injury has healed, he apparently must demonstrate he is physically ready to go back into training. These are the necessary steps someone else posted on the MRP blog:
Once your recruit has healed, he must get himself physically conditioned in order to return to a training company, here is a general outline of what he must accomplish:
Phase I - Upper body workout only and as instructed.
Phase II - Upper body, swim therapy and cardio as instructed.
Phase III - Upper and lower body workout as instructed. Begin to ramp up.
Level 1 - Walk/run around the track.
Level 2 - Run one mile.
Level 3 - Run 1 1/2 miles.
Level 4 - Run 2 miles.
Level 5 - Run 2 1/2 miles.
Level 6 - Run 3 miles.
If his injury has healed but he is not in sufficient shape, he could be sent to a PCP (Physical Conditioning Platoon) in order to re-build his strength to the necessary levels to succeed in the rest of his training. Once he is deemed ready to go back into training, he has to wait until another training company/platoon is on the same training day ("T-Day") as your son was when he left and went to MRP. At that point your son will join his new platoon and continue his training. Our son was dropped at T-13, so once his injury has healed and he is ready to go back into training, he will have to wait until a follow up company/platoon reaches T-13 and then he will be transferred into that platoon to complete his training. When our son was dropped due to his injury, the time period for him to remain in MRP was vague (10-14 days). Today is day #7 in MRP for our son. We had plenty of communication with his DI, his recruiters, and with the hospital the day he went into MRP, but nothing since (no calls or letters) so I'm not exactly sure what his situation is right now. Hope this helps.