Sam’s medical status: All vital signs are staying strong. Sam still has a little pneumonia, but the nurse feels he is on the correct level of antibiotics to take care of that problem. As soon as he’s off antibiotics for three days he can be tested to insure he doesn’t have any micro-organisms that he could pass on to anyone else—which means we won’t need to use mask, gloves and gown when we are around him.
Sam had an angiogram today to see if his gallbladder had to be removed but they said it is working fine, so no surgery for that!
As I’m writing this (it’s actually Thursday around 6:00 PM Eastern) the nurse poked her head in and told us they are getting ready to take the chest tube out of Sam. This is the tube used to drain his lungs of fluid. He’ll still have the trach tube with oxygen to help supplement his breathing.
When we arrived this morning, the social worker told us that Sam has been accepted to the VA Hospital in Palo Alto where he will receive brain stimulation therapy. Very good news!!! The time frame for his move to Palo Alto is three to four weeks.
Stevie drops by!: One of the Marine Corps liaisons poked his head in the room yesterday afternoon and said, “do you mind if Stevie Nicks drops by your room for a few minutes?” And I said, “sure, not a problem”. After about thirty seconds of processing time, I said to Erin, “did he mean, THE Stevie Nicks?”
It really was Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We had no idea she was going to be there or that she ever visited any troops. When she came in Erin was a little busy with Sam and the nurse so she walked up me and asked me my name. Hopefully I told her the right name—I’m not sure. She explained to me that she wanted to do something for our wounded soldiers and thought the one thing that always helps her heal, is listening to music! She then handed me an iPod Nano and said it was full of songs that she hoped would help Sam with the healing process. She also gave Erin an autographed picture (actually the one you see in this blog entry) and a poem that she wrote for the wounded soldiers. She said it is currently in poem form but eventually when the inspiration hits, she’ll turn it into a song.
That is all very nice, but what really impressed me about Stevie Nicks was that when I was telling her about Sam and his wounds, she stood right next to me and really looked into me in the eyes. She even rubbed my shoulder when she was talking to me and then gave me a very heart felt hug! When Erin was done with the nurse, Stevie spoke to her at length and got very emotional and weepy when she was hugging Erin. Wow, what a classy lady!
As she was leaving the USO lady took pictures in the hall of the three of us. Hopefully I’ll get the picture emailed to me so I can publish it while I’m here. Otherwise, I’ll wait until I can scan it back home.