Happy Anniversary to Sam and Erin. Six years and going strong. Their anniversary was actually yesterday and they celebrated by going out to see the latest Harry Potter movie. The picture on the right is Erin and Sam getting into their wheelchair accessible van. I stated in my previous blog post that the van is being supplied by the Wounded Warrior Project….actually it is the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund who is paying for the rental of this van. You can’t really read the emblem on the side door but it says, “Wounded Warrior—Freedom isn’t Free”.
I also forgot to mention that July 24th was the 2nd anniversary of Sam’s “Alive Day” in which we celebrate the fact that he got a second chance at life. Although it has been two very long years, Sam is close to home at CareMeridian in Granite Bay. Erin calls it “Sam’s place”. It really is a home that was converted to long term care facility. The staff at CareMeridian are wonderful people and they absolutely love Sam (and Erin). When I first heard about Sam going to CareMeridian, I thought the therapy and improvement would be over, but Sam is still progressing very nicely with the help of the therapist on staff. We continue to see improved movement in Sam’s left side, including his arm, fingers, foot and leg. When I visited a few days ago Erin was having Sam move various fingers in his left hand. She kept telling him to move his “angry finger” and he was able to extend it out about half way. Pretty soon he’ll be showing everyone the finger—especially when he gets mad 🙂 …Once I figure out how to do it, I’ll have Erin make some video’s of Sam’s therapy and post it in the blog for all to see.
A special note of gratitude to the families of James McRae, Matthew Zindars, Robert Lynch and Daniel Noble. Your sons died with honor serving their country. I know the anniversary of their death must be very difficult. We will pray for you and always remember the sacrifice your sons made for our country.