Bob Woodruff Family Fund: This is an interesting video of the ABC news anchor, Bob Woodruff talking about being in a coma for 36 days after he was hit by an IED in Iraq. The video is about 5 minutes long. Don’t miss the last minute of the video where he talks about what he believes brought him out of the coma. I think you will see why Sam has come along as far as he has.
You can read more about Bob Woodruff and the Bob Woodruff Family Fund that was established to raise awareness of the war’s signature injuries, TBI and PTSD by clicking here.
Erin’s Heroes: I was perusing Erin’s MySpace web page the other day and came across the section: “Erin’s Interest”. I wanted to share with all of you the “Hero’s” section, which of course, brought a tear to her father’s eye:
Sam’s medical status: Sam’s liver count has improved to a point where he can be transported to Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital. This move should occur this Wednesday baring any unforeseen circumstances. As I mentioned before, Sam will be at Kentfield for at least eight weeks, and afterwards, may be sent back to the VA hospital in Palo Alto or possibly the VA hospital in Livermore, Ca.
Erin is pretty excited about the move to Kentfield but will be very sad to leave the wonderful people at the Palo Alto VA hospital behind. She feels like they are a part of her family and (and I’m sure Sam) will miss the daily interaction with the therapist, nurses and doctors.
Erin is going to be staying in an apartment in San Anselmo which is about a ten minute drive from the hospital in Kentfield. It will be about the same size as the room she has at the Fisher House at the hospital in Palo Alto. The apartment is furnished and overlooks a beautiful grove of trees. Erin visited the apartment on Thursday and feels she will be very comfortable there.
As I was talking to Erin this morning, I heard lots of chatter going on in the background. Erin told me Sam was doing his punching therapy. His right shoulder has gotten much stronger lately and he was punching a padded target that the physical therapist was holding up. Erin said he’s been working on his jab and right cross!
When I was in church this past weekend listening to the 2nd reading from Ephesians 5:8-14, I got chills when I heard the following verses:
Awake, O sleeper,
arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light!
Pray with us for a safe and “healing” trip for Sam to Kentfield.