Sam’s medical status: Another quite day for Sam. We’ve been noticing this week that when he gets moved by the nurses or corpsman or when they change his bandages that he’s getting more and more animated. His eyes squint and he sort of grimaces like you would normally see someone grimace when they are really uncomfortable. Previously, he just didn’t response, or responded very little to what we know is very painful stimulus.
A few days ago they took the bandage off his right lower leg where he received quite a bad wound. This wound along with an even larger wound on his right thigh were the recipients of skin grafts from his front left thigh. Both grafts are looking really good. Actually, they look terrible to the naked eye, but medically, they are healing very well.
More Gratefulness: I had another one of those moments of initial complaining, etc. that turned into a moment of gratitude. I have this problem with elevators. I’m fine using them every now and then, but when I was in Kansas City last year for two weeks, the office I was in was on the fifth floor. After a while, I started getting dizzy and had to use the stairs every day.
As it turns out, Sam is on the 5th floor of the Naval hospital here in Bethesda. After a few days of taking the elevators, I started getting dizzy again, so the last couple of days I’ve been using the stairs. Now, I’m not in great shape and I’m not in the worst of shape, but once I make the five story trek to Sam’s floor, my heart is pounding pretty well.
I initially had a “poor me” moment because of having to use the stairs, but—there are way to many reminders around here of just how lucky I am to be able to walk up those five flights of stairs on my own. It’s nice to have a reminder every now and then of how lucky I am for things I normally take for granted.