Sam’s medical status: Sam has a little fever but getting better since yesterday. He had a CT scan today to make sure everything is “flowing” properly through him.
Blog Update Change: I’ve been faithfully updating this blog every day for a little over a month now. It’s gotten to the point where Erin and I feel Sam is stable enough to where a daily update really isn’t needed. Erin was thinking that twice a week would be enough to keep everyone updated on Sam’s status. I’m thinking maybe a Monday and Thursday or Friday update would be more appropriate.
I’m also looking into setting up automatic email updates and/or an RSS feed if anyone is interested. The email update that you would subscribe to would send you an email every time I update the blog with the hyperlink of the update. The RSS (Really Simple Syndication) would also be an easy way to check for a blog update by going to your “feed reader” (which you would need to download from a company like Google, Yahoo, etc.) versus having to go to this web site every time to see if an update has been made. I’ll keep everyone updated on these two blog features as I learn how to add them to the web blog.
Attitude is everything: I mentioned recently that Sam’s mother sent “Nurse Bear” to help Erin take care of Sam. She put Nurse Bear on Sam’s bed right between his legs so she’s always looking at him.
One thing I noticed about hanging out with Erin and Sam for a whole week is her attitude. Obviously when all of this first happened, she was devastated and took it very hard along with the rest of us. But I noticed she is in very good cheer and spends much of her time around Sam being very playful with him and even teasing him. As an example, when Erin arrived at the hospital this morning she noticed that Sam’s right ankle was a little swollen. So, she admonished him for not pushing the call button and summoning a nurse when he wanted to get up. That may seem a little odd being that Sam is still in a coma, but it is indicative of the atmosphere in Sam’s room.
We are not hopeless and we are not giving up on Sam. He is making little improvements here and there at his own pace. Most importantly, Erin is placing her trust in God and the fact that all things happen in God’s time and not our own. Sam’s hospital room is filled with love and even laughter. He is surrounded by the love of his family and by the prayer and good wishes of thousands of people, some of whom don’t even know him.
Here is a reading from our faithful friend Larry Wiseman from Bugles Across America. Larry, the bible verses and encouragement are so appropriate and comforting to Erin:
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.
13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.