Meeting with the doctor

Sam’s medical status:  Sam had a good day.  His temperature is back to normal, blood pressure and heart rate are also normal.  He still has an infection, but that is being treated and he is recovering without any complications.  This was my first full day with Erin and Sam.  I am just amazed at what Erin does with Sam.  Suffice to say—Sam married the right woman.  I’ll share more on this in a later blog.

palo alto map

Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital:  Today Erin had a meeting with her doctor (the one who is responsible for his “total care”, a social worker and a Veteran’s Administration representative.  The doctor is hoping that within a few weeks they will be able to transfer him to the Palo Alto, California Veteran’s Hospital. 

If you’re not from Northern California, Palo Alto is basically a little south of San Francisco very close to Stanford University.  The doctor will be consulting with the doctors in Palo Alto to insure Sam is a good candidate for the “stimulation therapy” that their hospital is well known for.  Originally the Palo Alto VA Hospital was established as a TBI (traumatic brain injury) center for war casualties, but it has also been expanded to include all types of war trauma casualties. 

Sam’s move to Palo Alto could take place in as little as two weeks, but a more likely timeline would be three to four weeks.  For those of you who don’t know, both Erin’s family and Sam’s family are from Citrus Heights which about 15 miles north east of Sacramento.  The drive to Palo Alto would be about a two and 1/2 hours depending on traffic.  Erin asked about housing facilities and they do have special housing (studio type apartments) for the families of troops being cared for at the hospital. 

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10 Responses to Meeting with the doctor

  1. ARP says:

    Very good news! 2.5 hours compared to an all day flight would be a relief to both families ay? So I’m hoping that all goes as it’s planned for you guys! 🙂

  2. This is fantastic news, under the circumstances. Prayer works!

  3. Nicole Moen says:

    WOW Tony this is AMAZING news!!! That would be so nice and so much easier for all of you who fly out there once a week. Its also nice so that all his family and freinds who have not seem him yet, are now able to see him. Im still praying for him to wake up, but this is VERY GOOD!!

    Nicole Moen

  4. Bobbie Toyne says:

    So glad there seems to be a glimmer of hope…prayer works. Just got done looking at the viedo…must say, I shed a tear…It is beautiful…Love and prayers, Bobbie

  5. Carol Calloway says:

    I sure that this is a relief to both families to have Sam and Erin just a relatively short drive away rather than an all day flight across the country. I am also vrry glad to hear that our prayers are being heard and answered in that Sam is improving steadily in the bodily healing. I continue to pray for the miracle of Sam to wake up and be the same wonderful young man that you have so loving described in all the blog entries, Tony.

    May gold continue to bless both families and each of you individually and give you strength of faith. Continue to believe that God can and that God will!!

  6. Kalista Kersten says:

    Thats wonderful news!!! hopefully he is well enough to move within that time frame. Still praying day and night for sam and the entire family (those we know and those we dont know). Our prayers for a miracle are slowly but surely coming true! again, wondeful news 😀

  7. Shilo Marquez says:

    Well as soon as he is moved here you can count on the Marquez’s making the drive to see him and Erin. This is beyond awesome news….

  8. This is great news;don’t forget that you are not alone; there are saints from all over praying for you, and God is honoring that, and He has a plan for Sam’s life, else why would He have brought you this far; CERTAINLY NOT to just drop you! Keep persevering…we will not stop praying for you.

    Hebrews 12:1&2

    12:1
    Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
    12:2
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    Dear Jesus….You have brought Sam and his family so far in this journey that You allowed to happen; Father only You are the author and finisher of our Faith, and we now humbly ask you to stay with us to the end, and along with that prayer, we know and trust that You will. It seems clear to me God that you have a purpose for all of this, and I truly know that there NO accidents where You are concerned, and one day it will all be crystal clear to us, the whys and wherefores of everything; until then all we can ask is that You stay by our side, because without You, we can do nothing. Thank You God, for You are our one true friend, Amen

  9. Bette DeCavelle says:

    This is for Larry Wiseman—–thank you so much for your words of encouragement to all of us…this blog has not only caused alot of folks to pray unceasingly but it has also ministered to many of us!

    Thank our Heavenly Father for the progress Sam has made…and to Erin…You have become a stronger woman through this. It is awesome to read the words your daddy says about you. You and Sam are truly loved.

  10. Liz Finberg-Timmerman says:

    Very good news for the Nichols and Nerias and all of us here at home who cant be in Maryland. I hope for all of us he gets moved very soon. Im originally from San Jose and my father used to work in Palo Alto so im very excited to hear he will be moving close. Id love to talk to Sam….

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