Sam’s medical status: Sam was previously septic but there is no longer any bacteria in his blood stream. We are still wearing mask, gowns and gloves though, because his blood and lungs need to be tested to ensure they are not carrying any contagions that he might have brought back from Iraq. Once all those test come back clean, we’ll be able to do away with that particular precaution.
Sam’s neurological status is much better than the neurologist ever thought it would be when he first arrived at Bethesda. Yesterday I mentioned he was moving his right index finger and thumb. Today the rest of the fingers in his right hand got into the act. He also moved his left hand once today in response to the Corpsman pulling off the tape before cleaning out the area around his I.V.
God is listening to your prayers: One of Sam’s prayer warriors from this part of the country brought a couple of cards for Erin with Sam and her name, it’s origin and a bible verse. Erin keeps the cards on a little cork pin-up board that sits on the wall in front of Sam’s bed.
Samuel – “God Has Heard”
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6
Erin – “Peace”
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7
God IS listening to our prayers. Little by little, we are seeing small improvements. I know it is because of the love and faithfulness of his family and friends and the prayers that are coming from so many people…many who only know Sam through this blog.
There IS a courageous little angel watching over Sam—sometimes over twelve hours a day. Her name is Erin Nichols. I wish you could see Erin in action. I’ve been with her since Sunday evening and I am just amazed with my daughter. She talks to Sam all the time in order to stimulate his mind. Even when she is sitting next to his bed reading, she usually has one hand stroking his leg. Just a little while ago she was “teaching” some new hospital corpsman how to feed him through his stomach tube (with the nurse supervising). She also helped the nurse add new dressings to his wounds (some of which I can’t even look at!) and right now, she’s doing physical therapy on his limbs (which she learned from the physical therapist). On top of all that, Erin is fasting today in preparation for tomorrow where she will get on a conference call with Sam’s uncle who will be praying with him from Sacramento.
20 So Jesus said to then, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
21 “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV
Yes—Erin does mean “Peace”. Erin is the “Peace” that Sam needs to pull through. She is doing it with love, with laughter, with incredible empathy, and with the faith that God is working through her, the doctors, the nurses and all who are praying for Sam’s recovery.