Star Spangled Banner

Sam’s medical status:  Sam had a fever yesterday but he’s doing much better today.  His doctor says if all goes well, they will start processing him to be flown to Travis AFB and then on to the VA hospital in Palo Alto.  The move could be as early as next week but more likely in a few weeks.  The doctors and social workers are busy coordinating with the folks at the VA hospital, so things are really starting to move.

Erin said Sam was yawning quite a bit yesterday and even making sounds when he yawned.  That’s really surprising to me being that when I was in Bethesda, he couldn’t even open his mouth on his own.  He’s still giving Erin kisses too!

I had to stop Erin today when she was talking about Sam being “awake” because it was confusing me.  He’s still in a coma, but has his “awake” periods where he tracks a little with his eyes, moves his head a little, blinks, yawns and moves his fingers…then he has times of the day where he is really asleep. 

The doctors and nurses are very optimistic about Sam’s recent improvements.  When he first arrived at Bethesda, they had little hope he would ever respond to any stimulus. 

Pentagon Flag In honor of 9/11 and our Military:  I was watching the history channel yesterday and they were talking about the airliner that hit the Pentagon on on 9/11.  One of the scenes was of the firemen on top of the Pentagon draping a very large American flag over the side of the building.  It made me fill with pride!  Whatever your view is on our involvement in Iraq or Afghanistan, we are all Americans and we live in the greatest country in the world. 

Our dear friend Larry Wiseman is with an organization called  Bugles Across America which I’ve described in previous blogs.  Larry is an accomplished trumpet player and on his web site there is a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  Please go to Larry’s web site and listen to it—I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more beautiful rendition of this piece of music.  The song will start automatically when you click on his link.  Take a few moments to reflect on our country, 9/11, the many soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, firemen and police who have given their lives for our great country.   

Thank you for your prayers and letters of support.  I don’t always have time to respond to all of them, but please know that we are so honored so many people care. 

Here are some beautiful words I received today from a Soldier’s Angel.  I hope you don’t mind Kris—I wanted to make sure everyone saw what you wrote:

Thinking of you Sam even more today being September 11th.  Thank you Sam for your brave, heroic service and for everything that you have done, given and sacrificed for this country.  So that we can live free of fear.  So that September 11th will never happen again.  Thank you so very much from the very bottom of my heart.  We must never ever forget that day, we must never ever forget those brave warriors who are fighting for us right now, must never ever forget the wounded warriors who continue to sacrifice for us, and must never ever forget the brave warriors who have given all for this country.  Thank you all and God bless you all.

God bless you Sam, God bless our Military and God bless America.  Will be saying tons of extra prayers that Sam wakes from his slumber – and SOON.  God bless you all.

– Kris, a Soldier’s Angel from RI

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4 Responses to Star Spangled Banner

  1. Joy Garrison says:

    Dear Friends and Family of Sam and Erin,

    I’m Joy, Erin’s Aunt, Tony’s little sister. I have had the priveledge of being with Erin for the past week, how amazing the progress Sam is making. Babysteps perhaps, but progress none the less. Each small movement or squeeze of the hand are a huge blessing and evidence that Sam is in there working very hard to come out.

    Erin is holding up like a rock. She is amazing in her faith and strength. You feel guilty even thinking that Sam will not recover 100%. After being here and looking into his eyes each day and seeing him coming out, assures me that he will make a full recovery. Please keep up the prayers and truly believe that Sam will regain full strength and ability, I believe that God has work for Sam and Erin in the future. They have been chosen to do great things in God’s world.

    Thank you to everyone that has been praying for Sam and Erin, it all comes together and I have seen the results first hand. I could spend hours telling you everything I have witnessed over the last week, but that would take too long. The Doctor’s have been amazed at his progress and have become believers that he will recover.

    We hope that Sam will be moved in a few weeks to the VA hospital in Palo Alto where he will start his rehab. Pray that this happens sooner than later.

    I will write more once I am back home.

    Much love to Sam and Erin, God’s blessing on them and to all of you who are supporting them,

    Joy

  2. kabbruzzi says:

    Hi Sam, Erin & Family,

    Just stopping by to let you all know that you continue to be in my thoughts and my prayers each and every day. I pray for your peace, comfort and strength. And I pray for you Sam – I know you have the strength and determination inside you, you’re almost there!!

    Thinking of you Sam even more today being September 11th. Thank you Sam for your brave, heroic service and for everything that you have done, given and sacrificed for this country. So that we can live free of fear. So that September 11th will never happen again. Thank you so very much from the very bottom of my heart. We must never ever forget that day, we must never ever forget those brave warriors who are fighting for us right now, must never ever forget the wounded warriors who continue to sacrifice for us, and must never ever forget the brave warriors who have given all for this country. Thank you all and God bless you all.

    God bless you Sam, God bless our Military and God bless America. Will be saying tons of extra prayers that Sam wakes from his slumber – and SOON. God bless you all.

    – Kris, a Soldier’s Angel from RI

  3. Karen Christensen says:

    Hi Sam, Erin & all the Nichols and Neria family,

    Just wanted to take the time today on September 11 to thank Sam for his service to our country. I will also thank God, as I do several times daily, for the continued progress that Sam shows. It would not be possible with out Him.
    It is important that we never forget all those who served in any capacity on 9-11. as well as those serving our country today in Iraq and Afghanistan .May God continue to bless you all.
    Karen

  4. The men in our Bible study at work were earnestly praying for Sam today, and they are real men of Faith, and very Godly men; we have seen some real miracles from our prayers, and these men understand that God is our source.

    My prayer is that God will keep our hearts and minds on Him, and that our “banner” will be one that seeks to please God, and to shine the light of Jesus to the world. The fact that our brave young men and women are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms is just that, a fact, and they deserve our prayers.

    Ps 60:4
    Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

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