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 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.