New TBI Tab in Weblog

Kilo Battery firing the big gun
Here’s a picture of KILO Battery firing the big gun in the California Desert.  Can you pick out Sam?  I can’t. 

Why join the Marines now?   When I was in high school trying to figure out what I was going to do for the rest of my life, I stopped by the Marine Corps recruiting station.  I still remember the Marine recruiter (a woman) telling me over and over; “Ant-nee, we’ve got the program for you!”—she had quite the southern drawl. 

I never made it into the Marines but did spend five years in the Air Force of which I am very proud.  I read a recent article in Military.com about why young men (and women) still join the Marines—knowing they will very quickly end up in either Iraq or Afghanistan.  It’s an interesting article that delves into the psychic of our young men and women.  Click here to read more…

TBI Articles tab in weblog TBI Articles on the Internet:   I’ve added another page to this weblog entitled “TBI Articles”.  It will be a cumulative listing of various articles I’ve found on the web dealing with TBI (traumatic brain injury), Coma, MCS (minimally conscious state) and Veterans news as it relates to the previously mentioned subjects.  I’ll be updating the page at least once a week, but I have the source document hyperlink listed also which is an on-line “Google Doc”.  It can be viewed at: Doc-id=ddc4gdn8_2ds967r and the latest updates can be viewed as soon as I make them.  It is my hope that other people needing the same type of information will be able to use this document as a source for their research. 

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

 Coming in the next blog post:  I don’t usually give teasers about my next blog post, but Erin usually doesn’t suggest blog topics, so I thought this was important enough to give you a little preview. 

Learn about the HP Alliance and the DARFUR Fast on December 5th, 2007December 5th is a really big day for the Harry Potter Alliance of which Erin is a member.  If you click on the graphic to the right, it will take you to a cause that Erin is very passionate about.  She would like us to get the word out to everyone—and of course participate.   This is our chance, with very little effort, to make an incredible difference in the lives of people who are living in a constant nightmare.  More to come on this.

Sam’s medical status:

Sunday November 18th, 2007:  Sam’s mother was visiting today.  Sam was being very animated and giving lots of “i love you” (signing). 

Erin stepped out a little today and went to a local bible church.  She said she felt very welcome and is excited about going back. 

Saturday November 17th, 2007: Erin and Sam’s dad Eric had lunch (turkey sandwiches) today, complements of the American Legion.  There is usually some charitable organization that comes in on the weekend at the VA hospital and cooks lunch or dinner for the patients and their family.  Last weekend when we were visiting Sam and Erin, there was a local Baptist church who put on quite an elaborate barbecue.  They even had a bluegrass band playing in the courtyard.  That was Veterans Day weekend by the way. 

Erin said today after saying the “Lords Prayer” and then “amen”, she heard Sam make a sound.  She thought he was trying to say “amen” along with her. I’m sure this is just the start!  She said Sam was looking real good today and was very alert.

Friday November 16th, 2007:  The plastic surgeon debred Sam’s backside wounds today.  He told Erin that the wound-vac treatment is not a good idea at this time.  They will continue the debreeding of the wounds over the next week or two until it is totally clean.  They just want to make sure it is done right so there are no complications when the wound-vac begins.  The good news is the stage 1 & 2 wounds are looking much better.  The occupational and spinal chord therapist will be getting together to figure out a way to pad a wheelchair so that Sam can use it.

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2 Responses to New TBI Tab in Weblog

  1. I am praying for Sam’s voice to return; with the trach being in so long, I am sure that he has some healing still yet to do; this has made me think of a couple of verses that relate to the voice, and one day, we will hear what Sam has been thinking these last few weeks; God Bless you all, and Susan and I are praying for your family to have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

    John 10:27
    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    10:28
    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
    10:29
    My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

  2. David Hendricks says:

    Hey Sam and Erin,
    I just wanted you both to know that you are being thought of in our prayers. You guys have a good Christmas. Just having Sam on the mend is the best presant of all.
    We love you both, Cari and David

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