Creative Physical Therapy

the three stooges
Remembering a childhood game:  Erin tells me that when Sam was younger, he and his brothers loved to watch old Three Stooges movies with their Dad.  Eric loved to mimic the stick where Moe would stick his two fingers in Curly’s or Larry’s eyes and the boys would mimic the response where Curly or Moe would stick their flat hand in front of their nose in defense.  I hope you get the idea….

This segues into the latest update on Sam.  Erin said he has been getting more responsive this past week.  Recently she asked him, “if I do this Sam (she pretends to stick her two fingers in his eyes) what would you do?”, and he responded by sticking his hand in front of his face ala the three stooges!  Sam has been using his fingers pretty well the last month or so for his sign language, but the three stooges move involves using his whole arm to lift his hand up to his face.  The movement is very significant for him and hopefully they will be able to continue with more stooge-aerobics! 

On Friday Erin took Sam to the dinner in the cafeteria (normally a church organization comes in on Friday evenings and cooks a special dinner for the troops) and she said he was waving away at people who were greeting them.  Again, he’s just showing an improvement in awareness of everything around him, tracking better, etc.  Sam’s doctor was also very pleased at Sam’s latest improvements. 

Acceptance to a Private Rehab Facility:  A representative from the Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital stopped by last week to see Sam and to speak with Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital logohis Doctor.  Sam has been officially accepted to this hospital.  The city of Kentfield is about 20 minutes north of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge near San Rafael.  It is possible Sam and Erin could move there as early as the middle of February if all the paperwork goes through.  Erin tells me the VA still has to visit the hospital to certify it with their stamp of approval. 

Erin is very excited about Kentfield Rehab.  She and the Marine Corps liaison will be visiting Kentfield next week and will be giving us more information on their facility.  The exciting thing is that according to their web site and information Erin has learned from the VA hospital staff, Kentfield will be a very good environment for Sam to continue progressing through the various therapies available to him. Kentfield also has all the on site facilities that Erin is looking for (labs, pharmacy, x-ray, etc.), so there will be no need to send Sam to any other hospital if he has any other wound care issues or other complications.

Our prayers are being answered…Thank you!

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5 Responses to Creative Physical Therapy

  1. Danalee says:

    My prayers continue to be with Sam and Erin during this time. I can’t believe it has been six months since the attack. In that time, Sam has, indeed, made progress. As we wait for God’s plan to unfold, I can’t help but call to mind The Serenity Prayer:

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.

  2. Becky C says:

    Sam and Erin, I get the updates in my email and want to let you know that you are both still in my thoughts and prayers. It is wonderful to see the progress you are having Sam. Know that there are so many of us out here thinking and praying for your recovery to continue moving forward. God Bless all those that serve this great country and those that stand beside them in support and love.
    B Connolly Orangevale,CA

  3. Erin Nichols says:

    I want to share with you all a recent concrete result of our prayers. About 2 weeks ago Eric (Sam’s dad) and Greg (Sam’s Unce) came to visit, and we prayed specifically for the wound on Sam’s buttocks. The next day, as we went to change the dressing we saw significant improvent. I know my dad mentioned the improvemnt in a previous blog, but i really wanted to point out the timing of that improvent. For months we’ve been working on this wound, and even though he has a special skin-care bed and has had the wound-vac for a while now, we still hadn’t seen the improvement that we expected. The day after our prayer session, Sam’s doctor said the words “Wow Sam, you’ve really turned the corner here.” If you’ve never spent a lot pf time with doctors before, they are, as a group hopefully pessimistic. To hear a genuinely happy comment from a doctor feels really good. The funny thing is when we (the wound care team and doctor and I) saw the improvement in the wound, they all gave credit to the wound-vac. I however knew that God was answering our prayer, just like He saved Sam’s right leg overnight. Praise God and know that he answers our prayers.

  4. For He hath said..I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13

    I have said this before…God has not brought you this far, just to drop you; this is ALL happening to the Glory of God, and the fact that you have acknowledged that many times has allowed God to work. Keep the Faith, and as the 3 Stoogees say…”WOOP,

    WOOP,WOOP,WOOP,WOOP,”

  5. Kris Abbruzzi says:

    Hi Sam, Erin and Family!

    GOD IS GOOD, GOD IS GREAT. He DOES answer prayers!!! What great news about that awful wound and to hear it from a doctor must make it that much better and reaffirming. Wound vac – HAH – that was only a little piece of the whole pie, eh? Please know that those prayers are ALWAYS coming your way Erin, Sam and everyone. And they ALWAYS will.

    And even more good news on the ‘3 Stooges Therapy’ Front! 🙂 Erin, you are truly a remarkable woman. With almost every post there is an entry with something new that YOU have come up with to help in Sam’s therapy and sure enough your ideas and work have proved to show the greatest, most positive results. Maybe a career path is being made for you? 🙂 With all that you have been through and seen this past year I’m sure you’re only a few credit hours away from being a doctor!

    Good luck with the certification on Kentfield, this sounds like a very good move for Sam and his family. Please keep us posted and extra prayers will be said that the certification goes without any hitches. I know that the words “without hitches” and “VA” can sometimes be at odds….

    Please never forget that prayers, support, love and LOADS AND LOADS of Angel Hugs come your way each and every day. Keep up the AWESOME work Sam!! You are doing so well. You CAN do it, you WILL do it, and most importantly, you ARE doing it!! And hang in there Erin and family – special prayers are always coming your way for the peace comfort and strength that you need for this incredibly difficult journey. Hugs to you ALL.

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