Sam’s medical status: Things change very quickly and what I get told by Erin and/or the rest of my family who are in and out Bethesda has to be restated or corrected often—mostly because the medical staff gets to busy or has higher priority work to attend too. I’ve mentioned Sam’s broken arm getting set in the past—we’ve had a few postponements, but today when Erin arrived, she found his arm all bandaged up. She said he looked like the Michelin Man! They finally operated and set his broken arm this morning. Erin also mentioned that in the past, it took Sam quite a while to recover from his surgeries, but the last couple of times he recovered quickly from the sedation and looked really good healthy (breathing well, swallowing, occasionally blinking, etc).
More Visitors: The picture to the left is Gordon England who is the Deputy Secretary of Defense. He was at the Naval hospital in Bethesda and stopped by to visit all of the troops. He offered his prayers and support for Sam’s recovery.
The wounded troops also received a visit from the San Diego Cheerleaders! They were in town because San Diego was playing the Washington Redskins. On top of that, they handed out free laptop computers the military personal being cared for at the hospital! I’m not sure who donated the laptops, but I’ll find out and report back in the blog. I was just telling my boss (who has been an angel in all of this) that one of the silver linings in this tragedy, is to learn there are so many wonderful caring people in this country.