Sam’s medical status: I guess I jumped the gun a little about Sam’s broken arm being set with pins and a plate. I thought it was performed yesterday but they are waiting for a few other complications to pass before performing these operations. Sam’s fever was back up to 103 again today so they will postpone any surgery on this arm until Friday or sometime next week.
Sam got an infection from the “main line” that they use to give him various drugs and fluids. Erin said this was a fairly normal thing when the main line has been in the same place for so long. There was a whole swarm of doctors and nurses working on Sam today to get a new line established. Erin was of course in full scrubs mask and gloves right in there with them all making sure they were doing it right.
Erin is still seeing small improvements with Sam. For example, his eye brows were moving more today and his good leg (the one without the injury) was twitching a bit.
The best medical care possible: I’ve heard many people tell me the hospital that Sam is being cared for (National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland) is the best of the best…If the president had a head trauma injury he would be worked on by the same doctors that work on Sam. So—even though Sam is all the way across the country (our families live in the Sacramento area), at least we know he is at the best possible hospital he can be in. Let’s also pray for the doctors and all medical personal that God guides them in their daily procedures and decisions.
Erin pointed me to an interesting passage from the bible that talks about “Bethesda”. I don’t know if this is just a coincidence that the hospital is located in Bethesda or not, but—“Bethesda” means “a place of healing” or “a place of mercy or grace”. The picture is the Church of St. Anne and the “Pool of Bethesda” in Jerusalem. The church was erected in the 12th century at the time of the Crusades. The imposing remains of a pool with two baths and five porches confirm the story told in the Gospel below.
1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
John 5 1-4 (KJV)
Let’s all pray that “Bethesda” will truly be a place of healing for Sam.