Sam’s medical status: Today we spent most of the day with Sam and Erin. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen Sam. He’s definitely moving around much more. That being said, he was also pretty sleepy through most of the time we were there which was about 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. He did a lot of yawning which is normal for a sleepy person, but I had never seen Sam do that since he was injured, so it was nice seeing him a little more animated. As Erin has told me lately, his face is becoming more expressive. That is good, but also a little disconcerting because you can also see when Sam is feeling pain or just feeling down. From what I’ve read about people coming out of comas, there is a stage where they start to understand more of the predicament they are in which obviously causes bouts of depression and frustration.
Next week should be exciting, as the therapist tell Erin they will try to get Sam in a more upright position in his bed which will get him physically ready to be put in a wheel chair. I’m not sure of the time frame, but they want to get him up and out of the bed into a wheelchair so that he can be moved around and start experience the stimulus of being outside and in any other environment other than in a bed. As of September 24th, he’s been bed ridden for 2 whole months, so it will be very exciting to see him a little mobile. I asked Erin about the tracheotomy tube that he still has, and she said they would just disconnect it while he’s out of bed. It isn’t doing any breathing for him, it’s just there to allow them to drain his lungs of any remaining mucus.
Meeting the Blue Star Riders: When we arrived at the Polytrauma center in Palo Alto on Saturday, we met the Blue Star Riders. As I said in my 9/25 blog entry , this group is dedicated to visiting our wounded warriors in the VA hospitals in and around the bay area. We read and hear many differing opinions about being in Iraq and Afghanistan; some very much for and some totally against, but 99 percent say, “we support the troops!” Well, talk is cheap as they say. The individuals in this organization put their words and their hearts into action. I was so humbled and honored to meet them and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for truly honoring our country by dedicating themselves to visiting our wounded warriors.