Sam’s Medical Status: Erin said Sam had a good day yesterday and didn’t give her any scares! All of his stats (blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, temperature, etc.) are stable. He has various wounds in his right arm and hip that were closed up, although they haven’t reset his broken arm yet. They cleaned out his lower leg wound and it still looks healthy (this is the one they though was going to have to be amputated). He’s had a sinus infection for about the last three days but Erin noticed Sam is actually moving his lips a little bit and often because of the discomfort…Erin sees this as a good sign since the only other movement he had was a response from when his wounds were getting cleaned out. She said it feels like Sam is so close to being with her…right on the edge.
At the Ball: I have one of those cork pin-up boards right in front of my computer where I work every day. And on the board are various pictures of family and friends. One of the pictures is of Sam and Erin at the 231st Marine Corps Ball (2nd Battalion 11th Marines). It’s an understatement to stay that both Sam and Erin are so proud of the fact that Sam is a Marine. Sam—I am so proud of you too…all of us are!
Father-Daughter Dance: Another picture on the cork board in my office is of Erin kissing me at her wedding right at the end of the father daughter dance. It was during that dance that I suddenly and abruptly came to the realization that I was losing my daughter to another man. And being the dignified and reserved person that I am, my response was to break down and cry like a baby throughout most the dance. I guess it was less of a dance and more of a “hold up my daddy while he weeps in my arms” kind of thing. But—I really was happy for her! I knew my daughter was marrying the man of her dreams. And I knew she was marrying her soul mate—and I knew I loved Sam as much as I could love my own son.