Sam had his quarterly evaluation a few weeks ago. They measure strength, range of motion and muscle tone. Sam received a 5 (highest score) for strength by the physical and occupational therapist and showed an overall improvement, especially in his right arm and shoulder. His memory retention has improved, but he still has problems with short-term memory loss. Erin and Sam’s therapist work with him constantly to improve his memory retention. Sam plays UNO with the staff and other patients and his card handling is getting better. He can pick up a card from the UNO rack (usually by himself and pick the correct card for the situation. Erin bought Sam a large size computer keyboard that is color coded and he and Erin have been working on the computer lately. If you haven’t done so, you can “friend” him on facebook. He doesn’t say to much…usually short sentences, but I actually watched him myself as he typed out words on his own. Never thought I would see him doing that!
Erin sent us a video last week of Sam doing physical therapy. The big news is that he was moving his left leg on his own power from left to right as it balanced on the exercise ball. You can tell by her voice (in the video) that his physical therapist, Kerrie, was very excited about his movement. Erin later told me that they were both trying to be very calm and not show much excitement so that Sam would think that the movement was expected and normal for him.
We’re coming up pretty quickly on the third anniversary of Sam’s injury or “alive day” which is July 24th. Remember, on that day, four of Sam’s buddies lost their lives. You can read about them at this link Fallen Heroes of Kilo 3/12 …there are some very nice comments from some of the Marines and Navy corpsmen who knew our fallen heroes. You might also want to leave a comment under this blog post and wish Sam and Erin a happy anniversary. They will be married seven years on the 27th of July.