Sam’s medical status: Sam is now breathing on his own and no longer needs the endotracheal tube. He had a fever yesterday due to an infection in his “main line” but it is now back down to normal. He is also very swollen through out his body due to all the fluids that are being pumped into him, but he is now losing more than he is taking in so the swelling should eventually subside.
Boarding the Plane for Iraq: The picture to the left is of Sam as he’s boarding a plane for Iraq for his second tour. There is a group of volunteers in Maine (I think Dover) who go to the airport to cheer on Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airman when they are either leaving or coming back from Iraq. They also take many pictures of our military at the airport and put them up on their web site. Try as I may, I can’t seem to figure out the name of this organization. I remember going to their web site and sifting through hundreds of photos (maybe thousands) to find this particular picture of Sam.
If you know of the volunteer organization I’m talking about, drop me a note in the comments section of this post. I remember looking at their web site and wiping tears from my eyes as I was looking at pictures of ordinary citizens cheering on the Marines as they walked in or out of the airport. There are so many good people in this world.
If you’re wondering what book Sam is holding, it’s the previous Harry Potter story. Both Sam and Erin are avid Harry Potter fans. I hope she’s reading the newest book to him at the hospital.
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
General Douglas MacArthur
I love you Sam!