Marine Holding Strong at Marin General Hospital

Because of Sam’s recent trip to Marin General Hospital, I’m sort of out of sync with my weekly updates so I wanted to get everyone up to date on Sam’s status.

He is still at Marin General Hospital and will probably be there at least a few more days. When he arrived at the hospital, he was put on IV feeding because of all the issues he was having— Sepsis and pancreatitis being the major issues. Yesterday he was put back on his normal feeding tube (goes directly into his stomach).

Before Sam got so sick, he was really starting to respond to the bromocriptine which has been known to stimulate speaking in patients coming out of a coma. But because of all the drugs they have been giving him lately, he has been feeling pretty sluggish. The good news is that he has been getting stronger and stronger every day and Erin hopes he will be back to his usual self soon.

the best therapy in the world_3_28_08_Sam at Marin General Hospital with Sepsis Yesterday Sam was given a scan of his white blood cells (I’m probably not saying this correctly as I was scribbling notes as I spoke to Dr. Erin) and the “markers” will be used to determine if there is anything else going on in Sam’s body that they didn’t catch the first time. If all goes well, he should be back at Kentfield by Friday.

Hopefully I will have another update on either Sunday or Monday morning. The picture in this post was taken by Sam’s father. He titled it (in the FLICKR strip) “The best therapy in the world”.

Sam is holding strong. Thank you for your prayers!

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8 Responses to Marine Holding Strong at Marin General Hospital

  1. Oh Sam & Erin,

    You are SO heavy on our hearts lately & ALWAYS in our prayers!

    May God again touch Sam’s body & bring quick recovery from whatever the problems are that are causing these issues.

    God Bless you Erin, may He give you & Sam ALL the desires of your heart!

    You are a testament to love, dedication & devotion … the true meaning of love & marriage!

    It just blesses our hearts to see all the photos of you both…can’t wait til we can come visit to meet you both, true HEROES!

    In Christ,

    Susan D. Wiseman – ” The Tribute Lady ”
    http://www.TheTributeLady.com

  2. Albion Wilde says:

    Sam, Erin, Tony and all the Nichols and Neria family,

    Continuing to follow your story avidly, and to keep you always in thoughts and prayer! You are surrounded by the power of an Almighty God, Who can do anything, and Who will continue to show you favor as you continue to honor Him.

    Miss you very much, and wish I could give you a hug. Sending one now

    ((((((( hug! ))))))))

  3. Debbie in Maine says:

    Sam and Erin, you are in my prayers daily. I just love hearing about Sam’s progress, and of course I love seeing new pictures.
    Sam, keep up the great work, and Erin, a huge Maine hug goes out to you both.
    Debbie in Maine

  4. I saw on an older post that Sam was taking amantadine. I don’t follow this blog so I don’t know if he still is or not.

    Amantadine is a type of medication know as a dopamine agonist. In some people dopamine agonists can have one really nast y side effect that’s not well documented. In some people they can cause uncontrolled eating and massive weight gain. Most doctors don’t know much about this, but you can research it yourself on the internet.

    If there’s not been a problem with it by now then there probably won’t be a problem with it at all. Here is an excerpt of an abstract giving an overview of the problem.

    Dopamine agonists have been implicated in causing compulsive behaviors … These have included gambling, hypersexuality, hobbyism, and other repetitive, purposeless behaviors (punding). In this report, we describe 7 patients in whom compulsive eating developed in the context of pramipexole [a dopamine agonist] use. All of the affected patients had significant, undesired weight gain; 4 had other comorbid compulsive behaviors. In the 5 patients who lowered the dose of pramipexole or discontinued dopamine agonist treatment, the behavior remitted and no further weight gain occurred. Physicians should be aware that compulsive eating resulting in significant weight gain may occur … as a side-effect of dopamine agonist medications such as pramipexole.

  5. Susan and I are both much better from our illnesses, and thanks to all for your prayers; we held our new grand-daughter for the first time today; she is so tiny. 2.5 pounds; she is doing really well though. Where there is life there is hope, so keep thinking the good thoughts, while God keeps on blessing you.

    Philippians 4:8

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

  6. Sam and Erin, Sounds like some of those down times have been getting you lately. Know there are those of us still keeping you both in our prayers. Hoping Sam , you are on the mend and moving forward again soon. God Bless. Erin, you are both so blessed to have each other. I want to hope this is only a hiccup in Sams recovery. Be strong, I know you are.

  7. julie says:

    I just finished reading the latest update and am glad Sam is well enough to transport back to Kentfield. I’m glad the nurses were there to relieve some of the understandable anxiety and to make him feel welcome. Sounds like a very supportive environment. It is obvious by the pictures what a long way Sam has come and I think you are all doing so well in working your way positively through this challenging journey. You are obviously strong in character, faith and love. Sam, Erin and families….keep the faith and know we are all pulling for you! You’re getting there!.

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you… It will be a long road, I know. My son was hit by a car while walking to school on March 11th. I was told that he would be in a persistant vegatative state for the rest of his life. Josh has proved them wrong, and is working hard on his recovery. I just wanted you to know that I understand and you have my support and prayers. God Bless for a full recovery.

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