August 5, 2012 – 4 East and 7 East
How did this happen? Two luncheons on one day? Sure, why not!
Katie coordinated the 4 East luncheon with the help of Elizabeth, Gladys, Diane, Sarah, Roger and Tim. Mary, Jillian and Jane worked together on the 7 East luncheon.
The day was a perfect summer Maryland day, sunny, hot and muggy. Great day for a bike ride and sure enough, the bikes were out!
One thing I do enjoy seeing on the drive over is the Mormon Tabernacle steeples. It means I’m less than 15 minutes from the hospital.
Katie, Gladys and Elizabeth had the tables set up and were unloading things from the cars.
Robin and her garden club, Crofton Greenery Garden Club, had made up beautiful patriotic bud vases to give to the patients and families as well as a centerpiece arrangement for the luncheon table. Thank you, Ladies! They brought a lot of smiles and really cheered up the 4th floor!
It wasn’t quite 10:30 and we weren’t scheduled to be up on 7 East until 11:00 AM so I left my stuff on a cart outside of the luncheon room and went up to check in with them. Tucked here and there throughout the hospital are nifty displays. This is one I passed on the way up.
The 4 East lunch was almost ready to begin when I came back downstairs.
The 4th floor menu was:
Crackers, cheese, pickles, and pepperoni,
Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, and Rolls,
7 Layer Dip and Chips
Diane’s Potato Soup and Toppings
Fresh Fruit Bowl
Nachos and Cheese
Water and Assorted Drinks
About this time, Jillian called and I took a cart down to help bring her and Mary’s stuff upstairs.
The menu for the 7 East luncheon was roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, rolls, fruit salad, tossed salad, snickerdoodles, strawberry jello pretzel salad, and assorted drinks. Elizabeth made sure we had some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and some brownies her Marine had made. The staff on the floor were very upbeat and helpful, and the patients and their family members really enjoyed the meal!
A whole lotta love went into today’s luncheons! Thank you Katie, Elizabeth, Gladys, Diane, Sarah, Tim, Roger, Mary and Jillian for making the day so special! Job Well Done!
Many thanks to the staff at Walter Reed for allowing us to serve our Nation’s wounded and their families during such a life-changing time of their lives.
To learn more about Traumatic Brain Injury please visit the following links:
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – http://www.dvbic.org/research/browse/current-dvbic-studies
Brainline.org – http://www.brainline.org/
Lash and Associates Publishing/Training, Inc. -. www.lapublishing.com
Until next time, continued prayers for our military and their families.
Love and Hugs,
Helpful links for all service branches:
For Marines and their families:
USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment
Sergeant Merlin German Wounded Warrior Regiment Call Center
You do NOT have to be a Marine to call – just someone who CARES for and is CONCERNED about a Marine.
24 hours a day – 7 days a week 365 days a year contact: Anonymous.
1-877-4USMCWW or 1-877-487-6299
A Marine WILL speak to a Marine if they call.
This is a pilot program available in certain States. Complete anonymity.
For Navy and Marines and their families:
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurse Program
For Navy, Coast Guard, and their families:
Navy Safe Harbor – Wounded, Ill, and Injured Support
For Army and their families:
Warrior Transition Command
Army Wounded Warrior Program
For Air Force and their families:
Air Force Wounded Warrior
For Special Ops and their families:
U.S Special Operations Command Care Coalition
Defense Centers of Excellence