Sam’s medical status: I’m here in Bethesda with Sam and Erin for a week. Last night after flying in, I went with Erin to see Sam for the first time since the IED got him in Iraq. Besides a few tubes going in and out of his body, he looks wonderful. It’s hard to believe that he’s just not sleeping. He still has a slight fever and Erin mentioned a slight case of pneumonia. I noticed when the nurse was drawing blood, after poking him with a needle, both his legs twitched. So, I’m thinking that is the brain telling the body that something just poked him.
Things to be grateful for: I was driving to a wedding the other day with a friend and we were talking about people never being satisfied or appreciating what they have. Someone with a nice Honda sedan being frustrated because they really want to be driving an Audi or BMW. So their mind isn’t thinking about being grateful for the great dependable transportation they have and instead they concentrate on the fact that they don’t have what they really want. They end up wasting all their energy on thinking about what they don’t have instead of being grateful for what they do have!
As we were putting on our gowns and mask before entering the room to be with Sam last evening (he has to be cleared to insure he hasn’t brought back anything from Iraq that he could pass on to us…hence the reason for the gowns and mask even after he’s been moved out of ICU) an older gentleman walked by pushing his son. I’m not sure of the extent of his injuries, but he was wearing a medical helmet and did not look at all well. The Marine in the room next to Sam is permanently blind in one eye and only has about a 5 percent chance of ever seeing in his other eye. And then there are the email’s I’ve received from the families of the other Marines who died in the same IED explosion. These families are in a painful place that I can’t even imagine—but they are offering their support and prayers for Sam to recover. I humbly thank them for their selflessness in thinking of our family and praying for Sam—and I pray for their hearts to heal.
The picture in today’s blog is of my mother, my niece Trisha, Erin, Sam and my wife at our Thanksgiving dinner last year at my mother’s house. It was the first time Sam could make a Thanksgiving dinner since joining the Marines.
When you sit down to dinner, be grateful for your family, your health, and for the troops who have given their lives for the comforts we take for granted everyday.
Meeting with the doctor: Erin is going to meet with her doctor (the one in charge of Sam’s total care) and a social worker today at 3:30 PM. I believe they will be talking about long term care for Sam after he leaves Bethesda. I’ll hopefully have some information about that meeting in tomorrow’s blog entry.