One of the faithful readers of Sam’s blog is a lady named Amanda. She is with an organization called Seniors 4 Soldiers which is based out of Lincoln California just north east of Sacramento. This organization is dedicated to serving severely wounded troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Financial assistance includes but is not limited to:
- Special housing retro-fits to adjust to life with a disability
- Financial assistance with medical bills
- Educational assistance
- Occupational Training and life skills assistance
- Physical therapy
- Personal and Family Counseling
Please take a few minutes to look over Seniors 4 Soldiers web site. This organization is a non-profit 501(c) (3) created solely to generate financial assistance for our wounded soldiers as they begin to adapt to a new way life.
Sam’s medical status:
Saturday October 20th, 2007: The physical therapist came in today (hasn’t seen Sam in six days) and he was just amazed at Sam’s progress in the last week. When he asked Sam how he was doing, Sam gave him the thumbs up sign.
Dr Erin told me she is teaching Sam American Sign Language (ASL). Today she asked him if he wanted her to read him Harry Potter or watch TV and he gave her the ASL sign for TV which is actually pretty easy for him. Most of the ASL hand signs are pretty easy for Sam with just a couple of exceptions.
Sunday October 21st, 2007: It was a quiet day in Palo Alto for Sam and Erin. They did get a nice visit from Lisa from high school ROTC and our friends Amanda and Brian. Erin said when Amanda got there, she started massaging Sam’s hand. Every time she stopped massaging his hand, Sam raised his hand up again to have her continue massaging.
Sam is being capped today from 6:00 am until midnight. They may remove the trach tube next week if all goes well.
Monday October 22nd, 2007: Sam should get his trach tube out on Wednesday. I’m not sure exactly what that means as far as Sam’s ability to speak. Erin told me that with the smaller trach tube he’s had for the past two weeks, he could talk right now. The speech therapist has been getting Sam to make basic sounds when he breaths out, like humming etc. Erin said today Sam has been the most vocal he ever been, so maybe he will surprise us when the tube is removed.
I forgot to mention to you that last week Erin told me Sam was weighed and he’s actually gained 1.5 pounds. She attributes the weight gain to all the physical therapy he has been receiving.
Sam has been signing “I love you” to Erin today.