I called Julie today and she told me Sam has an infection in his gall bladder, so they are going to take fluid from it and analyze it to ensure they won’t have to perform surgery to remove it. This problem is also causing his blood pressure to be lower and he has a fever of 103. They will be giving him antibiotics all day, so hopefully that will take care of the problem. Today the doctors are also going to perform surgery on one of Sam’s arms that was broken when he was hit by the IED.
Now for a little good news—Julie mentioned that when the nurses were cleaning his wounds today, his whole body arched up in pain. This happened a couple of times when they were working on him. They said it was a very good sign that his body was responding to the movement and stimulation that was occurring. Last week a bolt was removed in Sam’s head that was being used to monitor the inter-cranial pressure. The bolt was removed because they were not seeing any further swelling in his brain.
I spoke to Kelley (Sam’s mother) this morning and she is going to fly back out the Bethesda on Saturday. Donny (Sam’s younger brother) arrived back in Bethesda last night. Sam’s father Eric and his brother Greg are going to be headed back to Sacramento from Bethesda on Friday. Julie said it will be very difficult when Eric and Greg leave because they have been a tremendous support to her. Thank you Greg so much for praying with Erin…she has learned so much from you about faith in God and the power of prayer.
Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.
Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.