Sam’s medical status: Sam was supposed to have surgery yesterday to fix his broken arm but they postponed it until next week. He has a broken fibula which is the smaller bone in the lower leg. There is actually a piece of the fibula bone missing due to the IED explosion, but the doctors tell Erin it is a secondary bone and it is not even necessary for walking. He has a fracture of C3 which is the 3rd cervical vertebrae which means they have to keep him in a C-spine collar. Today they will check him out to see if it has healed enough to remove the collar. C3 is not a load bearing vertebrae, so that is also a plus. Also, today they will perform a carotid angiogram which test the blood flow to Sam’s brain. Sam has shallow breathing, but he is able to breath on his own and his oxygen flow (or saturation) is around 90%. Even though he is breathing on this own, they keep him on an endotracheal tube (breathing tube) because he is not producing enough volume and it is an extra strain on the rest of his body that is trying to heal. He no longer needs blood pressure meds to keep his blood pressure up, so that is also another area of improvement. And finally, the infection in his gallbladder is under control and his fever is down from 103 yesterday to normal today.
First Christmas together in four years: When I first started this blog at the end of July, I honestly couldn’t even look at the picture of Sam and Erin that you see at the top of the of the blog header because it was just too painful. Over time it’s gotten a little easier to look at it, but not much. I’ve added the full picture in this post so you can see whole thing. It was taken last Christmas and you can see the Christmas tree in the background and a present between the two of them. This was the first Christmas they spent together in the four years they have been married. The other times, Sam was either deployed, on maneuvers or in some sort of training status away from home. What an incredible sacrifice these Marines (and their families) make for our country on a daily basis!
The life of a Marine Corp wife: I read somewhere that the hardest job in the Marine Corp is being Marine Corp wife. There was quite a learning curve for Erin, but over the four years Sam has been a Marine, Erin has toughened up right along with Sam. It’s funny to listen to her talk about Sam and his job (he commands a Howitzer team when his battery is not escorting convoys through Iraq). Erin can reel off the military jargon with the best of them! Now her job is to take in all the “doctor speak” she is receiving, digest it, and translate it for the rest of us—and she does it with ease! Of course, the other part of her job is to stand vigil over her Marine—talk to him, touch him, and pray continuously for him. As you might guess, she is doing an excellent job of that too! When I called Julie this morning and asked her what Erin was up to, she told me Erin was with Greg (Sam’s uncle—who is a pastor) in the ICU praying over Sam.
Please continue to pray for Sam. “Faith overrules Fact!”
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. and if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him”
1 John 5:14-15