Sam’s medical status: On Tuesday Erin said Sam’s white count was high over the weekend so they were draining an abscess in his pelvis. I think Erin said his count was around 30,000 and it should have been more like 10,000 to 15,000. That should be the source of the recent fever he’s had. Erin was with him before he went in for the procedure and he looked great—moving his fingers a little, blinking and even yawning.
Blog housekeeping chores: As promised in my previous post, I’ve added two features to Sam’s blog that will allow you to be notified when I add a new post. They are the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feed option and the e-mail subscription option.
To use the RSS feed option, you’ll need to download an RSS Feed Reader which is a piece of software or add-on to a web browser like Google or Yahoo. The RSS Reader allows you to view updates from many different web blogs, podcast or news organizations from one screen without having to manually check each individual web site.
If you choose the e-mail subscription option, an e-mail with a hyperlink to the most recent blog entry will be sent to you whenever I update the web blog with a new post. When you click on “Subscribe to Sgt. Samuel Nichols, USMC by Email“, you’ll be taken to the Feed Burner web site where you’ll need to enter you’re email ID and then type in the random letters seen on the screen (and then hit the subscribe button). This keep the spammers away.
On Monday Erin and Ali (Erin’s sister) spent a little time in Bethesda. It’s nice to see Erin taking a little time to herself. She is normally in Sam’s room by 8:30 a.m. and stays until 9:00 p.m. and sometimes later. I didn’t realize this until I came in real early the last morning I was there to say good by to Sam, but there is actually a corpsman that stays with Sam all night long. So when Erin is not there, someone is always with him.
Family Visits: I said last week I was in Bethesda with Erin and Sam. Sam’s brothers were her over the weekend and one of them will be staying with Erin and Sam for a while (no return date). My sister flew in from Mississippi on Tuesday and will be staying with Erin for a week.
Erin’s mailing address: I should have done this a long time ago, but here is the mailing address for anyone who wants to send a card to Erin and Sam. They will be in Bethesda at least another three weeks. I’ll also add this in the “About Sam & Erin” tab at the top of the web blog:
Erin and Sam Nichols
c/o Marine Liaison Office
National Naval Medical Center
8901 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, Maryland 20889