Sam’s current medical status: If all goes as planned (which doesn’t seem to happen to often), Sam will be be in the operating room today where he will be receiving skin graphs on his thigh and calf where he received shrapnel wounds. He is also scheduled to get his broken arm set sometime this week.
Promotion day revisited: I received a phone call from Sam’s squad leader (Sgt. Robles) last week offering his prayers and support for Sam’s recovery. He and the rest of Sam’s battery are still in Iraq through October. He sent me some photos and I will occasionally share them with you. I will also share more of what Sgt. Robles said in our phone conversation in another blog entry.
Sam (middle) receiving his Sergeant stripes in Ramadi, Iraq by his squad leader Sgt. Robles (left)
Erin’s plea for prayers for other wounded: I’ve been receiving emails from people who have loved ones in similar situations as Sam—offering their prayers and support. It is very humbling to receive these emails. It is also very easy to go into your own little world of hurt when you have loved ones in pain and forget that there are many others in the same situation. Erin wrote a comment in this blog to remind us all that there are many wounded Soldiers and Marines out there who also need our prayers:
Thank you everybody for your continued prayers. I really can’t ask for more than that. What I will ask is for your prayers for some of our buddies here at the hospital. I’ve already mentioned Eddie; he is okay, but we need to pray that gets his sight back. He was badly burned completely losing one eye, and there is only a 5-10% chance that his other eye will regain function. Being blind now, Eddie is very scared. Wow! He just walked by. Eddie has a terrific wife, Sam, twin 5 year olds and 1 year old Matthew.
Kevin also needs our prayers. I don’t know the details of his condition, but I know that he too has a traumatic brain injury in addition to terrible injuries to both legs. His legs are in traction, and one leg has an incision from his ankle to his groin. He has a broken arm and seems to go to the O.R. on a daily basis.
Yesterday we met the family of Jeremy. He was shot in the head in Iraq on Monday. The bullet entered through his right temple and exited through the left temple. As far as I know he’s in an induced coma. I don’t know anything about his prognosis. His parents and 2 sisters are here.
Also please pray for our boys in Iraq. Sam’s battery, Kilo 3/12 comes home in October. These are Sam’s brothers and many of them we’ve known for over 3 years. I’ve fed these guys and rubbed there backs as they puked in my toilet. Please pray for there safe return and that they find ways to deal with there traumatic losses.
I’ve previously mentioned the various charities involved in helping our military in times of crisis. Many of you have responded back to me that you were indeed going to donate to one or several of these charities. If there is any silver lining in all of this, it is the awareness that is being created about these organizations and the wonderful work they do. Please see my “blogroll” to the right for the web links to various military charities that have touched our lives.
Let’s continue to pray for a miracle for Sam.