Jeff’s Story

Site created on July 31, 2019

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Journal entry by Jennifer Courtney

I meant to post on Sunday to wish Jeff a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! But, my daughter was graduating from high school (virtually) and the day was pretty busy. I did get to FaceTime Jeff, and all of the family went to his window to celebrate with him. During our FaceTime, I asked Jeff if he was turning 46. He answered, "I hope so!" We've all commented that some of the Jeff spark is returning. The girls (Maddie, Julia, and Hannah) made cupcakes and brought one for his birthday, but the nurses had to check with the doctor if it was okay to give it to him. I think they worked that out. We should probably tell them that Jeff had tiramisu or a milkshake on a daily basis in Chicago. Probably shouldn't mention that I had him sipping beer during the Super Bowl when I was there in February...

Jeff is settling into the VA in Minneapolis, and his room is on the first floor. Someone has gone to see him every day (through the window) as he endures his 14 days of quarantine. According to mom, he seems pretty content and in good spirits. The unit is small and he's had many therapies so far. We don't know the specifics, but he has commented that the "service" is different than Shirley Ryan. Lol. He had better than one-on-one service at SRAL because a family member was present 10-12 hours per day!! I think this will force him to communicate better, since he will have to be his own advocate. And, he's learning how to use the call button... Lord help the staff!!!

Once his quarantine is over, I think he will be able to venture outside, which has been rare since last fall before the weather got cold.

Mom and dad are leaving today (Tuesday) to head back to Virginia. It will be the first time in a LONG time they've been there together. After a few days, they'll probably look at each other and ask, "Now what?" If you have any ideas to keep them occupied, please share with them. (Mom, I think there are a lot of cards you need to make. Dad, your boat misses you.)

As promised, here is the address of the VA hospital. Please send a card or letter so Jeff knows you're thinking about him! Thanks so much in advance. Blessings to all of you!

Colonel Jeffrey Alexander
One Veterans Drive, Room 170 (SCI)
Minneapolis MN 55417
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