Saturday, November 25, 2006

Hogs Lose

  I watched the Razorbacks last night.  LSU looked good.   If they would have passed more often they could have scored more points.  I hope we win the SEC Championship and maybe get three teams in the BCS.  Arkansas – Sugar, FloridaOrange, LSU – Rose if Ohio State and Michigan play a rematch.  They are going to show the SC vs. Notre Dame game tomorrow morning at 0400.  I think I’ll catch some sleep and watch the second half of that game.  I didn’t get much sleep last night and I haven’t felt 100% today.  My stomach was a little upset (nothing too big) and I don’t have an appetite at all.  I forced myself to eat lunch and dinner.

  My guys were up on the roof all day today rerunning cables, and doing maintenance for all the radios.  It’s going to look good after they get done.  I’ve got a crew going out to a BP tomorrow to set up some new Comm equipment.  It’ll probably only take them one day.  I plan on them being back tomorrow night.

  We are in minimized because two Marines died today.  One Marine was killed and one injured when they went to inspect a vehicle and it blew up when they approached.  Then another Marine standing guard duty on his post was shot by an insurgent sniper.  One Marine was with 2/3 from Hawaii and the other was with 3/2 from Camp Lejuene, North Carolina.


At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't watch the game. Just didn't have the nerves for it. I took my new nieces to see "The Santa Clause 3" GREAT MOVIE. I did turn on the radio when the Hogs ran an 80 yard TD and then I'll be darn, LSU turned around and ran run even farther. It sounded like both teams played VERY hard and didn't give up. Glad to hear to had a good time at Thanksgiving dinner. It's not about the food ya know....even tho it was really good this's about getting together and having a good time. Time to put up the tree now. The weather is just beautiful over here lately. Hope your feeling better soon!!! LOVE YA!! TAKE CARE!!! Melanie

At 12:01 AM, Blogger mhmcmom said...

can you believe i started watching the game and decided a nap was more important at the time (had to work fri nite) and woke up just in time to see the big run!! oh my gosh, michael i got tears in my eyes for you! then they really rolled 2 plays later!! can you believe? the hogs have come a long way this year and arkansas sports fans have allot to be proud of.
so happy to hear you had fun at your thanksgiving dinner,, being able to poke fun at each other and not take it personally is true family love,, or that's the way it goes for our family. and thank God, everybody KNOWS to agree on grandpa's ideas of voting, except melanie! haha
147, i think you missed your eye exam this year,, but hey, far as i'm concerned, your vision is perfect!!!hahahh thanks. that was fun watching all those people scurry around all those big black plastic wrapped packages, just waiting for the tape to be cut to grab their deal of the day. (missy did my grabbing, i people watched!) no serious injuries to report this year in sheridan wal mart!
prayers to all families who received sad news on this holiday season.
stay safe and know you are loved!

At 3:27 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Did you know that there is virtually noone on the 101 freeway at 5 AM on the Saturday after Thanksgiving? Drove down to the airport in Burbank and saw a car with GO SC in neon lights on the back! Now that's a fan. Baby girl flew back to school after two days at home. You're right about sharing Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our family was together for Thanksgiving. There's a special talk that families have, almost like twin talk, a rhythm and joy, just like your Marines. I am so glad you got to be together to share your dinner and more importantly, the comradre that is such a part of the Marine Corps. You were much on our minds and in our prayers on Thanksgiving.
The loss was a disappointment but watch, they'll still wow everyone with their season. GO HOGS!!
God bless those Marines who were killed. Their bravery and sacrifices should never be forgotten. Marines build schools for children who would never be allowed to progress beyond being illiterate sheepherders, build medical clinics and conduct medical missions. You train Iraqi police and soldiers so they can take over the protection of their own people. And yet, there remains the small minded and violent core of men who want to subject their people to a continued tyranny. God bless your Marines for helping them despite the continued danger. God bless all of you.

At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Mike, I hope you are feeling better. USC is ahead in the game but they don't call them the fighting Irish for nothing!

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

What a game!! It must have been worth getting up at gosh awful thirty to watch it. The two quarterbacks played their best and while I am definitely not a USC fan, it was a beautifully played game. The final scores for a couple of our picks were disappointing but the college games have been a hoot to watch. When the announcers started talking about the distance between the Notre Dame coach and his son on the field, it became a barometer of how the game was going. At least the weather was good while they were here. Do you think USC will play Michigan or Ohio? Arkansas is still up in the polls!!
Hope you're feeling better and able to get some rest. Tomorrow we'll be back in school and the kids will be excited to see all their friends.
Take care brave Marines.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Missy said...

I sure hope you're feeling better.
Shopping was great!! I get so nervous my palms sweat. It's almost like the feeling you get when there's a big ballgame. Then when you go to WalMart the next day and there sit the same things you got up at the buttcrack of dawn for at the same price, it kind of makes your stomach hurt.
But it's all worth it because it makes for great memories!!
God bless the 2/3 Marines, it seems like they've earned more than their fair share of purple hearts. It's just a reminder there's no holiday for hatred.
Love you so much,

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous 147 said...

Wanted to let everyone know who doesn't that Mike is recuperating from an emergency appendectomy.
He was med-flighted to a hospital either in Iraq or Kuwait. Mike is the one who contacted Schellee – after surgery. Schellee asked him if his appendix had ruptured but he did not know. She said he was somewhat dopey. I am so thankful that he was taken care of and seems to be okay. I KNOW YOU WILL PRAY FOR HIM. Always remember Schellee and Britni too. I cannot begin to express MY thanks to you for loving and supporting them.
I (or someone) will keep you posted here on the Blog and you can respond with a long line of good wishes for him to read when he can.
147 - Bonnie

At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

OUCH!! I had mine out when I was eleven and still remember that as painful. Mike, I hope you are feeling better soon. Glad you are in the good hands of the doctors and on the road to recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go with you. From everyone at Emilie Ritchen School, both small and tall, lots of good wishes. Try not to laugh or cough because that hurts like the dickens.

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Tiffany said...

Sorry to hear about your surgery. Hope you are doing ok and resting a lot. You're one tough guy. Get better soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Schellee and Britni and the little guys too. Take Care!!

At 4:31 AM, Anonymous 147 said...

We had a word this morning indirectly from Al Qaim: "Mike is doing well and will be back with us in about 5 days." It's not a lot of news but it does sound good.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous 147 said...

Had this word from SgtMaj Geletko via e-mail:
I spoke to Mike last night and he is fine,..he will be back to us by tomorrow.

At 10:25 PM, Anonymous 147 said...

Mike called Schellee.
He was released from the hospital yesterday but was not taken back to Al Qaim (pronounced Al Keim). He was staying in barracks close to the hospital. Today, he walked a loooong distance when pain doubled him over – so he went back to the hospital when he was unable to stand up straight after awhile. They will keep him in the hospital for 24 hours observation but think the problem is that he “over-did!” Schellee said he was laughing, joking, and sounded so good. Found out that his appendix had not ruptured before surgery. That’s good!
Do you get the impression that recuperation may be war in itself with that man? He and Pa are two of a kind!
We’re all lovin’ and praying for you Mike!

At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Carla Jones said...

Hi Mike,

I'm in Bonnie's F.R.O.G. class. Just a quick note to tell you I am praying for you with your recent apendix episode and your time in Iraq.
Take care,
Carla Jones

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous LeAnn Crutchfield said...

Hey Michael, Glad to hear you are doing ok. Just want you to know we are praying for you! Happy Holidays. I love you, LeAnn

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Missy said...

Hey! I just got back from visiting Grandma James in the hospital. She had knee surgery yesterday afternoon and is doing great! She told me had no pain at all, not even when the nurses made her walk. Her doctor came in while I was there and told us a new pain medicine they inject before the surgey that lasts for 18-36 hours. It numbs the nerve endings, so she won't have any pain. I know you're wishing you had some of that!!
Hope your feeling better soon. Love you much,

At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Aunt Lea said...

Mike, All these prayers in your behalf must have been heard. Know you will listen to the Drs and not over due it - take your time so that you don't have to go back to the hospital again. Have put your name on the LDS Temple prayer roll in Sacto, CA. So you have even more people praying for you! Take care and stay safe.

At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Aunt Lea said...

Mike, Tried to send this afew minutes ago and got cut off. Wanted to tell you I put your name on the LDS Temple prayer roll in Sacramento last week. Sounds like you are getting better so all of the combined prayers must have been heard! Take care and stay safe.

At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! UCLA won!!! Yippee! They showed those Trojans who the better team is! A nailbiter but what a great outcome. A good way to welcome you back!

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous 147 said...

Sunday morning -
We received this word from Sergeant Major Geletko:

Mike has experienced some infection in his incision from the operation. We are sending him back down to Al Asad to receive a more aggressive form of antibiotic. I just put him on the helicopter ,..he is doing well,….no need for concern.

At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Aunt Lea said...

OK Mike, Enough of this stuff. Know that you are anxious to get back to your station but please be sure to be well before you do. I am currently suffering from shingles - having trouble getting rid of them. We need to rely on our Drs and do what they say. Please know you are being prayed for daily by name. Much love!

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous 147 said...

Monday Noon -
Mike called Schellee this morning.
He was transferred from the hospital in Al Asad to Balad (50 miles north of Baghdad. He does have infection from the surgery and is on aggressive antibiotic therapy. If this is not effective, he will have to go back to surgery. Schellee says he still sounds good. He did say that he feels better than he did yesterday - less pain.

Will continue to keep you posted here.

At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Uncle Danny Smith said...

Mickie and I wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers daily. I know that you getting to talk to Schellee is very up lifting, but remember the Great Physician is also easy to talk to. You are a VERY strong man but try to take it easy for alittle while. Remember we love you.

At 2:46 AM, Anonymous Linda said...

Mike, our prayers and thoughts are with you as you recover. Luckily you are a strong man and have an incredible support team; Schellee, Britni, your moms, family, friends, Marines (and you can't get a better group that that) and all of us at Ritchen School. Stay strong but take it easy. All of our best wishes on a speedy recovery.
Your friend,

At 2:39 AM, Anonymous 147 said...

Tuesday night, 12-5.
Mike called Schellee.

Mike's condition is graded "serious." He remains in the hospital in Balad which is considered an "intensive care unit." Plans are for him to be returned to the hospital in Al Asad in a few days if all continues to go well. Evidentially Mike is responding to treatment and feeling better. He did voice some discouragement because of the total inactivity - knowing he has a job he needs and wants to be doing and yearning to be back with the Brave Marines he has charge of.

Considering Mike’s extreme dedication, we can all understand how he must feel. Yet I know too that he is thankful, and is relying on God not only for himself but everyone else as well. God seemed to remind me last night that Mike has “everything he needs.” Brought a warm and needed smile here!
Keep praying for him, the 3-4, and Schellee and Britni!

At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Carolyn Smith said...

Tues. 12/5/06
I am Carolyn Smith, Clayton and Jason's Mom. I'm so sorry to hear of your surgery and subsequent infection. Oby and I have been praying for you and will continue to do so. I work with Bonnie in Awana and so love doing it! Please take care of yourself, and help us root for the Hogs Saturday!

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Your Cousin Krista :) said...

Hey Mike! Aunt Bonnie just told me about your emergency appendectomy! Wow! I hope you're feeling better now! I will pray for you that you'll have strength and comfort as well as protection.

The Lord prompts me to pray for you at various times. The very first time was the morning of September 23rd. I don't know what it was about but the Lord took me to my knees in an instant for you and your group.

What you & all the others are doing for our country is wonderful, Michael. I admire you for having the courage to do the jobs that you have to do.

I Love You,


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