Sam’s Medical Status:
As I’ve said in the past, Erin is very playful with Sam when she is talking to him. Today she asked Sam to give her a kiss, and he pursed his lips for her. And of course, the two love birds kissed! I asked her if this was just a coincidence, and she said he did it a few times for her.
He still has periods of deep sleep where he doesn’t really respond to anything, as would any person that was really asleep. But in his periods of ??? awakeness, he is getting pretty animated. Another amazing thing he did today was when his father was leaving the room for the day—Erin asked him to say good-by and he moved all the fingers in his hand in a wave movement. Erin picked up his arm and asked him to do it again and he did.
Last week he was just barely moving a few fingers just about a 1/2 inch when we asked him…and then it was only after about 30 to 45 seconds. Now, he is responding within seconds of being asked.
Adoption Opportunity: I had coffee with two ladies in my church choir last week and they were both very excited to tell me that they are “adopting a soldier” after reading about this wonderful program sponsored by Soldier’s Angels.org. There are still ways in which you can make a difference by supporting one of the many charities that help take care of our troops in Afghanistan or Iraq. Here is an excerpt from the Soldier’s Angel on-line forum:
Today on Soldiers’ Angels Forum, Patti put out a call for Angels. It seems they have 120 new soldiers up for adoption and only 40 Angels on their waiting list for approval. Some of you expressed and interest in adopting another soldier. Here is the forum link it has great stuff on it! Many Angels don’t even know about it so I thought I’d give you the link:
If you’re interested in adopting a Soldier or Marine, go this this web site: Soldier’s Angels.org and click on “Adopt a Soldier”. You can also set up an account to make monthly donations or make a one time donation.
This organization is so aptly named. Our families are living proof of the incredible work of this charity. We have had countless trips by family members that have been paid for by Soldier’s Angels. They not only pay for the trips to and from Washington DC from Sacramento, they make all the arrangements for us. All we have to do is call the Marine Liaison office at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and tell them what we need, and they call Soldier’s Angels who make all of the flight arrangements for us and send the itinerary back to the Marines who forward it on to the family member.
“If anybody is wondering: Where are the young idealist? Where are the people willing to devote themselves to causes larger than themselves? They are in uniform in Iraq, straddling the divide between insanity and order.”