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 his 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!