Sam’s medical status: This morning Sam’s doctor told Erin he just completed all the paperwork to release Sam from the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda. He will be put on a medivac flight and will be in Travis AFB, CA tomorrow! He’ll stay there for about 24 hours and then will be driven the rest of the way to the VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto California. The picture to the left is the VA hospital in Palo Alto. The polytrauma rehabilitation center where Sam will be receiving brain stimulation therapy is actually off to the right of the main hospital.
I spoke in my last post about the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and that Sam was a “10”. I didn’t think that made too much sense as the three categories would tell me he’s an “11”. Erin confirmed with Sam’s doctor that he is in fact an “11” (E4+V1+M6 = 11). The doctor’s at Bethesda are totally amazed at his recent progress.
Leaving Bethesda: I’d like to say a few words about the NNMC in Bethesda—It will be very hard for Erin to leave that place. Her and Sam have been there for seven weeks and I know she feels Sam has had incredible care. The people working at the hospital—the Marine Liaison office, the corpsman, the nurses, doctors, social workers have all been incredible to her and Sam. Sam has received the best care possible and all the people at the hospital have treated Erin with great care and respect. She has never had a single complaint about anything or anyone at the NNMC.
I personally spent a week at the NNMC and I want everyone to know that the men and women at the NNMC are incredibly professional, dedicated and caring individuals. I’m sure Erin will feel like she’s leaving part of her family behind. We salute the people who worked with Sam, cared for him and provided Erin so much comfort during such a difficult time. Bethesda has truly been a “place of healing and mercy” for both Sam and Erin.
I was looking at some of the weblog comments for a nice bible verse to use and also looked up the meaning of “Palo Alto” which is Spanish. Loosely translated “Palo Alto” means “tall tree”. The first bible verse I came to was from Larry Wiseman from yesterday—it gave me chills when I read it! I think Larry must have a direct connection to God, or at least a nice DSL link. Here is the bible verse he added:
“For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”
Miracles will continue to happen. Thank you all for your prayers and support.