My son (David) just called. He is in SOI at CP, started the 17th. He dislocated his right knee in the initial PFT. This is the second time this knee has been dislocated. He dislocated the left knee during his crucible. The Navy doctor says that there is a congenital defect in his knee formation. He will be in rehab a while, then HMP. At the moment, the doctor says he will most likely be medically discharged. Needless to say, David is very disappointed. He has wanted this for so long. It makes me want to cry.
I am so sorry. Prayers for him and a speedy recovery. I pray that he will find what he is meant to do. God bless.
I, too, will pray!
David has wanted this for so many years. He was 11 when he decided he wanted a military career. Decided on the Marine Corps almost 2 years ago. Worked his tail off to be physically fit, and is physically fit. The worst part, for me, is that there is nothing I can do to make it better. I know that there is a reason for everything that happens, at the moment though, that doesn't help me to help my son.
Praying for David that he heals completely and that God's will be done in his life.
My heart is breaking for you and your son. I'm praying for your family. Hang in there!
Im so very sorry for his injury and his heartbreaking news. Please know I will also be praying for him as well. I hope the Navy doctor is giving a judgement call on a worse case scenario.
I am so sorry to hear this, Jan. Tell David that there are a lot of people praying for him. Keep us updated, OK?
Lord,wrap your arms around this family,for they have news that breaks the heart. Let them feel your strenght and understanding and that all will be well in time. Amen
Do not take this as written in stone. Several times, my son was told they were thinking of sending him home on medical discharge. He is back in ITB after 20 days in SAC. The waiting time and not knowing what in the world was really going to happen made my son's life very difficult. Take hope! The Marines change their minds often and since he has not been sent home yet, it is not happening.
We will be praying!
Tell your son to hang in there. Mail him some ice packs that he can keep in his room frig and tell him to keep applying the ice packs off and on until the swelling is down and every time after he goes to therapy. The best ice packs I found are at Walgreen's and they have velcro straps that helps fit around the knee well. Going to physical therapy will help him rebuild the muscles around the knee. After the first visit with the Navy Doctor, they are sent for an MRI and then set up with an appointment with an orthopedic doctor, this doctor may have another opinion.
I know the routine, my Marine has had two separate knee injuries during training over the course of 4 years and has been though surgery on both knees. The first doctor opinion wasn't what we wanted to hear and this Marine proved him wrong. If you want to stay in the Marines the doctors will work with you. The main thing is to be able to go back to full duty in 6 months after surgery. My Marine has totally amazed two surgeons and was back on full duty two times before the 6 month deadline.
I'll pray that your son gains, strength, muscle and that his knee becomes stable.
Jan: Sorry to hear the news, but Lea is right. It's not over.
One of my sons badly hurt his ankle in Afghanistan, but with physical therapy was able to overcome the problem long enough for a third deployment -- his third in four years. There still is hope.
Also, I know it's frustrating for you right now because you feel like there is little you can do. But there is. Sooner or later -- and probably sooner -- your son is going to need to talk with you. He'll be frustrated and feeling low, but you'll be there for him and that will make a world of difference to him. Hang tough.
Praying for your son, you and your family.
Thank you all so much! After Dave called last night, I knew there were only 2 places I could go to with this problem -- first to God, then to my Marine family. Now that I am a little more settled, I will tell you more of the conversation.
Dave said they/he was running through what he thinks was a creek bed. He said the course was not that difficult, but he felt the knee cap shift to the side. He put it back in place himself and finished the course. (He said that he did manage to finish the three mile course in 24 minutes). Then he found a corpsman for medical attention. When they got back, they iced it, but couldn't do x-rays right away because of the power failure they had out there. They have him in a full leg brace right now and he said he can start therapy 2X a day for 2 weeks. Then he will go to MHP (Medical Holding Platoon - I got my acronym wrong in the original post). Decisions, of course, will be made from there. This leads me to 2 questions so far this morning:
1. Will they be more likely to medically discharge him since he is on an 8 year Reservists contract as opposed to an active duty contract?
2. Will the Corps feel that it is worth the time and expense to repair/rehabilitate the knees and keep him as a Reservist?
Again, I thank you all for your prayers, comfort, and support. Your caring is, and will continue to be, greatly appreciated.