My son is in his 8th week in the MRP at PI.  He finally got on the anti gravity tread mill to rehab the stress fracture of his femur. All I do is pray for his strength and courage to face whatever comes his way. He wants to be a Marine.  He was able to go to his original platoons graduation on Oct 11-Alph co.  It was bitter sweet for him.  His letters have been a mixture of anger, depression and boredom.  It helps me to log on to this website and realize that he is so not alone in this situation.

We have been able to send him magazines, books and dvds.  Just afraid he is going to run out of time.

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Deb just keep doing what your doing.  When you need help we are all here for you.  Our boys are there together with the same issue.  Getting back to working out will help your son to relieve some of the frustration he is feeling.  I know it is a long time just keep reminding him why he is doing this.  Remind him this is his goal and he can do it.  Tell him to find the blond hair kid that had the same injury that was in Alpha with him.  My son is not a very out going person but, he was very well liked back in school and has a very good mental outlook about this.  I know my son can help him through the rough patches and get through the boredom.  My son has always wanted to be a Marine like his older brother and cousin.  I know he can help him.  Tell him not to be put off if my son does not seem overly friendly.  He is just not very good at making new acquaintances or friends.  Also he is not to most socially comfortable young man.  But, he will make one fine Marine soon.  Keep us posted when you hear from him.Mike

Deb,

 

I also receive similar letters, my son has been in MRP about 8 weeks as well, he was to have graduated on 18 Oct. Nice to hear they have a zero gravity treadmill. So the last letters were on the low side.  Hope to get another this week where he's bounced back on the positive side. Books do seem to help them.

was hoping to get A letter today..no such luck.  Any letter is better than no letter!  He is married so I know he has priorities and I totally understand.

Mike  

  I wrote to him tonight and told him to look for your son.  strength in numbers...thanks to eveyone for the support.



KatBranMom said:

Deb,

 

I also receive similar letters, my son has been in MRP about 8 weeks as well, he was to have graduated on 18 Oct. Nice to hear they have a zero gravity treadmill. So the last letters were on the low side.  Hope to get another this week where he's bounced back on the positive side. Books do seem to help them.

Hang in there. That antigravity treadmill really helps them mentally as well as physically. They see progress and it really starts to speed up for them. They will also get a little time out helping others test out of MRP. My son said those days getting outside to hold mile markers for the runners gave him a break and he had great conversations with some of the DIs privately.  BTW, he was Alpha too and then Lima for the final two weeks. He's in the sandbox now. MRP is a detour that has many hidden lessons and nuggets of knowledge that will serve them later.  Good luck.

my son has just gone into mrp in san diego.  i pray that both of our boys heal quickly.  mine has been diagnosed with migranes that are causing him to pass out, so i don't know if there is any fixing him.  he will be kept 3 weeks and if he's not better, they will release him.  he is totally freaking out

Hi

Got a long awaited letter from son today...  Sure seems like he writes less often in MRP.

Anyway, he too is trying the anti-gravity treadmill (Had stress fractures in his legs and shin splints).

I have heard good things about the treadmill so I am hopeful this will get him back on his feet and into another platoon to continue training.  (So the letter is almost a week old - but still it sounded like progress)

I am thinking that as my son's rehab progresses he has less time to write. I am also thinking that the closer he gets to being recycled into a new platoon, I am anxious about him really being a Marine and what that means. I think that with him being in the MRP I have felt safe or I think he has been safe. We all want our kids to become Marines because they want that even though it may mean they are in harm's way. I guess to me it means more prayers.  I will pray for them all.

As I have been told, the MRP is just an "extra step"  I think it is God's way of giving the parents extra time to deal with the fact that our children are going to be Marines. will pray for your son, just keep giving him positive feedback.  

jbeauchot said:

my son has just gone into mrp in san diego.  i pray that both of our boys heal quickly.  mine has been diagnosed with migranes that are causing him to pass out, so i don't know if there is any fixing him.  he will be kept 3 weeks and if he's not better, they will release him.  he is totally freaking out

jbeauchot--

Please be sure to write, write, write.  Your letters of encouragement will help him stay focused and hopefully stop the "freaking out."  If he has never had this type of headache or passing out, it may be stress that is causing it.  Hopefully it is nothing more than that.  Please continue to keep us posted.

 

 

Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator

PMM of a Sgt.

Standing on Psalm 91:11

Hi Group,

I got curious about the anti-gravity treadmill, so I went online & found a photo.  Here it is (just in case you have never seen one).

 

 

 

 

 

Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator

PMM of a Sgt.

Standing on Psalm 91:11

DebH & Group,

Being an "extra step" Marine has many blessings in disguise.  It seems that it teaches the young men & women strength of character, patience, tolerance, endurance, how to handle situations that are out of their control, how to take charge of their own progress, and the ability to dig deep, move forward and "carry on" no matter what the ultimate outcome may be.  

 

 

Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator

PMM of a Sgt.

Standing on Psalm 91:11

Hello everyone, it has been a while since I logged in.  I wanted to send a little inspiration. Our son got injured on T8 back in March.  He was in MRP for 10 long weeks then picked up with a new platoon after his recovery.  He was at PI just shy of 6 months.  I never thought we would get through it.  It is now 2 months since his graduation and he has completed his MCT combat training and is stationed at Cherry Point completing his schooling.  He just received his next orders.  He will be leaving for Japan in February for 2 years.  He is so happy and so strong.  MRP truly changed him.  He is stronger, has lots of patience and has become very independent.  He has made so many friends along the way.  When he arrived at Cherry Point someone called out his name, it was a friend of his from his original platoon.  A fellow marine who visited him every day in MRP.  He was so excited to see my son had made it, survived the "extra step"...so hang in there your sons will soon be marines and better marines for taking the extra step.  Mrs. Hawkeye

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