I happen to be the same age as Michael Jackson, so I grew up listening to the Jackson 5 and to a lesser degree, Michael Jackson as a solo act. I thought he was a very good singer and dancer, but I never bought any of his records or went to see him in concert. I only bring him up because it frustrates me to no end seeing how people idolize celebrities as a whole. There is still nightly news cast about all the controversy surrounding his life and death. But where is the news about our military as they continue to fight and die in Iraq and Afghanistan? These are the men and woman who have volunteered to put their lives on the line to fight for our country. They continue to get wounded and many still die on a daily basis. They don’t have a fancy glove on their hand or do the moon walk. They only pledge their lives to their country and many give the ultimate sacrifice. There is usually a small article in the local newspaper or a 30 second blurb on the local news. Our national and local news media are letting us down. They spend hours filming Michael Jackson’s hearse as it makes it’s way through bumper to bumper traffic in Los Angeles, but has little to nothing about a soldier who gave his life for our country. And to the general public– Michael Jackson is much more interesting.
Sam’s Medical Status: A few weeks ago Sam was able to go to the 1st birthday party for Kinsley who is the daughter of Amanda and Brian. Amanda has been very close friends with both of my daughters for over 20 years and she has been like a daughter to me. Sam arrived in a wheelchair accessible van and stayed at the party for about four hours. Kinsley is so good with Sam and loves it when he tickles her feet. As you can see, she is absolutely gorgeous.
We hope to get Sam out more often as it seems to really stimulate his brain. When Sam officially gets discharged from the Marines (yes, he is still a Marine assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion out of Camp Pendleton) he will receive a new wheelchair accessible van from the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Until then, Erin is being supplied with a van from the Wounded Warrior Project. She took Sam out for a ride this morning along with one of the therapist from CareMeridian.
Sam was released from Sutter Roseville Hospital yesterday morning after being admitted last Friday with Drug Resistant Pseudomonas in his lungs. His temperature soared to nearly 106 degrees. He remained in the hospital for five days after being put on IV antibiotics which he will remain on for about two weeks. His temperature went down after a couple days, and he is now feeling much better. He is happy to be back at CareMeridian where he can be out of his bed and in his wheelchair spending time with Erin and the staff and residents.