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.
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